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Stony Farm

Stony Farm is a historic farmstead at 428 Salisbury Street in Holden, Massachusetts. Built about 1790, the main house is a well-preserved local example of Federal architecture, the surviving elements of the one-extensive farm property are a reminder of Holden's predominantly agrarian past; the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. Stony Farm is in southern Holden, set on the east side of Salisbury Street, a historic roadway connecting Holden center and Worcester to the south; the property associated with the farm, now just under 8 acres, once extended to more than 100 acres, includes stone walls and other typical New England farmland features, as well as a barn and several sheds. The main house is 2-1/2 stories in height, oriented facing west, with a side gable roof, two interior chimneys, clapboard siding, a stone foundation, its five-bay front is symmetrical, with flanking an entablature above. A two-story ell extends to the rear from the southeast corner; the interior follows a center-hall plan, with a modest staircase in the center hall, the main parlor to its left, with a carved Federal style fireplace mantel.

The house was traditionally ascribed a construction date of about 1779, but deed research has determined that it was more built in the early 1790s by Tilla Chafin, who assembled a farm property of more than 50 acres, sold in 1828 to his son "with buildings thereon". Owners enlarged the farm holdings, much of which were sold off for residential development in 1974; the complex, its outbuildings dating from the 19th century to 1936, is a well-kept reminder of the town's agrarian past. National Register of Historic Places listings in Worcester County, Massachusetts

The Venus Model

The Venus Model is a 1918 American silent romantic comedy film starring Mabel Normand and directed by Clarence G. Badger; the film was made at the beginning of the 20th century when Goldwyn Pictures and many early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based in Fort Lee, New Jersey. It is not known whether the film survives, it may be a lost film; as described in a film magazine, Kitty O'Brien, a seamstress in the factory of Braddock & Co. in an effort to escape punishment from the foreman she had mimicked, flees into the manager's office. While explaining her presence she shows a bathing suit she has designed, John Braddock embraces the idea and the display of the suit brings orders galore; when Braddock is compelled to take a rest, Kitty takes charge of the plant. She gives a young male applicant a job as office boy, but discovers he is the son of her employer, Paul Braddock, expelled from college, she frees him from an indiscreet love affair and, with the return of the elder Braddock, a romance is culminated.

Mabel Normand as Kitty O'Brien Rod La Rocque as Paul Braddock Alec B. Francis as John Braddock Alfred Hickman as Nathan Bergman Edward Elkas as Briggs Edward Boulden as Bagley Albert Hackett as Boy Una Trevelyn as Hattie Fanshawe Nadia Gary as'Dimples' Briggs Like many American films of the time, The Venus Model was subject to restrictions and cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut, in Reel 4, the intertitle "Well, you be at my apartment tonight and dig up $10,000"; the Venus Model in the New York Times The Venus Model on IMDb