Oscar Noble House

LB2015.12.188
Harriet Hichborn Collection
Gift of the Stockton Springs Historical Society

Hichborn took many photos of houses, often viewed from an angle. Her photographs follow the convention of architectural perspective, which reduces distortion in vertical lines, allowing the houses to appear square and strong. Here is the house of Oscar Noble and his family. The diagonal of the fence leads our attention directly to Mrs. Nobel as she feeds her chickens. It is interesting to note that Mrs. Nobel is behind the fence and is thus connected to the house and separated from the viewer. Her husband and three daughters—Elsie, Mabel, and Evelyn—seem to recede and have become part of the background. In the early part of the 20th century, Stockton Springs was prosperous and attracted many new residents. According to the 1930 census, Oscar Noble was born in Sweden and immigrated to the U.S. in 1889.