The Red Chair is a great way to meet new people. I know, that sounds really strange but it’s so true!
My humble red chair (rescued from the Falmouth dump, more context here) is making a tour of all the best Inns and B&B’s in New England, and because of that, it was invited to meet the editors of Yankee Magazine. And I got to tag along.
Yankee Magazine is headquartered in the village of Dublin, New Hampshire. In the shadow of Mount Monadnock, this is a classic New England spot if ever I saw one with a white-spired church, petite village green, tiny sandwich shop and miniature rotary.
Blink and you will miss it.
We were ushered in the hallowed halls of this iconic spot, and amazingly enough, retired editor Judson Hale was there! What an incredibly warm and charming fellow he is — curious about the Red Chair and eager to show us his famous “Museum,” a collection of objects gathered over the 50 plus years he has worked at Yankee, many of them as it’s editor in chief.
Jud’s Museum is irreverent, historical and downright hilarious. He has a splinter of the sinking of the Maine (1898) which a man from Cuba claims to have rescued from Havana Harbor, a glove mold from the old runner factory next to “The Balsams” in Dixville Notch, NH and even a crows foot Jud says was stolen from the dead body of Sitting Bull. He asked for Einstein’s brain but never got it, and that kind of detail does not set Jud back — he has a fake.
You will enjoy his whimsy in this YouTube clip talking about the contents of his famous office. I did get the sense he had told the stories he shared with me and the Red Chair a few times before, but you too can experience it with the magic of the internet:)
Here are a few more images from this special visit, one that both the Red Chair and I will cherish forever:
Hanging out outside the building, waiting to meet the Editors.
Contents of Jud’s Museum, up close and personal.
Close up of the fragment of the “Maine” — “How do I know this is a splinter from the sunken ship?” Jud asked me, looking coy. “The man who gave it to me told me so.” he answers himself with a wry smile.
While the exact historical relevance of each the objects in Jud’s museum may be a bit suspicious, one thing is surely true — Jud has enjoyed collecting them, and there would be no better tour guide to this rare space than the inspired collector himself. You can read more about our visit in the Yankee Magazine blog written by Heather Atwell. Check it out!