Recollections about New Castle by Peter Spier (2008)
Here a few words about my "discovery" of New Castle.
In 1960, my wife and were married for not quite two years, I was asked to make a
series of murals for the childrens' section of the Winterthur Museum. We did live
in an apartment on the museum grounds, and during evenings, and on weekends
explored the neighborhood.
You can imagine our delight when we found New Castle, where we returned tens of
times during our Winterthur months. In the years that followed on our way south
we never failed to get off the main road to visit New Castle with it's many happy
memories, and do so to this day!
In 1965 I was planning a series of four books, the "Mother Goose Library", and
I chose New Castle as the setting for 'To Market! To Market!", # 2 in the series.
By that time we did have two small children, and I went alone to New Castle to make
the sketches of the many details I would need for the book, which took about one
week.The farm scenes, by the way, were drawn at the Winterthur farm.
Those "children" are by now 47 and 45, we are grandparents, and next month we'll
be married for half a century. Those fifty years cover countless happy memories,
of which New Castle is a fondly remembered part.
All good wishes,
Source for scanning the images: New Castle Public Library