We followed this original mention of the village seal with the following on Feb. 2, 1990:
“... someone has suggested that the collection of tools found on the Cooperstown village seal mentioned last week probably represents the combining of the implements of husbandry and industry. After giving the matter some thought, we feel that the tools depicted on the seal actually reflect the modern village rather well. The rake represents those who wish to rake in even more tourist dollars. The scythe symbolizes those who want to cut down the number of visitors. The fork stands for those on various governmental boards — village, school, town and county — who continually ask us to fork over more of our hard earned money when they stick us with even higher taxes. The shovel is for those who enjoy shoveling that well-known substance which seems to abound these days. The hammer and sickle might represent those who wish to slice out new development and hammer out franchises. Perhaps the tool which no one seems able to identify is actually a 19th century pooper scooper and what could be more appropriate in modern Cooperstown.”
As far as we know the village has not in the past 23 years changed its seal. And we have not heard that it has any intention of doing so. At least we hope that is the case as it is perhaps a most interesting seal, giving one any number of things about which to ponder.
And while we always enjoy our travels through history, we also get a kick out of current items that come to our attention. In fact, when we read the following piece of advice, we could not wait to share it. We think it quite hits the nail on the head with its message which reads:
“Don’t get all weird about getting older! Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us!!”
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