House by the Side of the Road, A Buzza Motto
Let me live in a house by the side of the road.
Where the race of men go by, The men who are bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner’s seat, Or hurl the cynic’s ban;
Let me live in a house by the side of the road, And be a friend to man.
THE BUZZA COMPANY located in Hennepin County, Minneapolis U.S.A. published Foss’ poem by arrangement with Lothrop, Lee & Shephard from the Dreams in Homespun, first copyrighted 1897.
The motto is in its original frame, glass and backing paper, but the brass hanger was replaced some time ago. The frame’s pattern is unusual. Areas appear to have a gold-leaf finish. (Gold leaf has a certain sparkle and feel.)
The motto itself is hand painted over printed black lines. Note the painted areas reflect differently from the printed lines. Also, the ink appears to be thicker, almost touching the glass, whereas, the colorful watercolor is absorbed by the paper.