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Author: Robert D Bethke; Jehu Camper
Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©1995.
Series: Folk art and artists series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the age of thirty-six Jehu Camper (1897-1989) began a fifty-year career as a whittler. Assisted by his wife Lillian he was able to complete more than six hundred pieces. In these mixed-media assemblages of farm implements and evocative scenes filled with whimsy they preserved vivid memories of rural life in Delaware. Camper regarded himself as a custodian of the past. He was celebrated as a local folk historian  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bethke, Robert D., 1945-
Americana crafted.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©1995
(OCoLC)605245240
Online version:
Bethke, Robert D., 1945-
Americana crafted.
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, ©1995
(OCoLC)608573717
Named Person: Jehu Camper; Jehu Camper
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D Bethke; Jehu Camper
ISBN: 0878057625 9780878057627 0878057633 9780878057634
OCLC Number: 32625940
Description: 71 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Folk art and artists series.
Responsibility: Robert D. Bethke.

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At the age of thirty-six Jehu Camper (1897-1989) began a fifty-year career as a whittler. Assisted by his wife Lillian he was able to complete more than six hundred pieces. In these mixed-media assemblages of farm implements and evocative scenes filled with whimsy they preserved vivid memories of rural life in Delaware. Camper regarded himself as a custodian of the past. He was celebrated as a local folk historian as well as a "resident whittler" at state fairs and programs for school children. Through his many presentations Camper engaged the public in an examination of their heritage and gained renown for promoting its preservation with his folk carvings. This book pictures the delightful carvings with which Camper attempted to commemorate the past. When he died, a large collection of his works was donated to the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village. These not only preserve the folkways of a bygone era but also perpetuate the memory of a fascinating folk artist.

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