From Vermont, 1941


What’s with the pelican?

Obviously, there’s lots to look at in this September 1941 photograph from the Library of Congress collection taken by Jack Delano in Rutland, Vermont, but my eye returns to the pelican over and over.

Yeah, I get it; s/he traveled with the show, but still I find it confusing to see a pelican in inland New England….


  1. Pooh says:

    We have pelicans here in the spring, using the Mississippi River flyway, so not too unusual. We also saw them in Yellowstone this year, and in Saskatchewan in 1982. I was surprised to see them in Saskatchewan, fishing at a dam. These were all white pelican sightings, the brown pelican does seem to stick more to coastal areas.

  2. kayak woman says:

    Pelicans were spotted at Round Island back in May or June or thereabouts.