Friday, January 20, 2017

Railroad Bridge

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I'm a great fan of trains and railroads and was lucky enough to see a number of steam locomotives in operation when I traveled to China in 1985. I was curious about this photo scanned from a glass plate negative.  Sadly the title has been obscured.

The New Ipswich Library will be sponsoring a train talk with Dale Russell, a historian with a collection of over 14,000 photos. Details about the event can  be found on the Library Website.

Marcel Bernier has identified this photo as part of the Greenville Railroad Bridge built in 1907 after the wooden bridge burned in 1906.  Thank you for the information.

Railroad Bridge, Greenville, NH

More historic photos available on the New Ipswich Historical Society website 
Also on their Facebook page

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Summer Day

A look back at a summer day sometime in the 1990s. I wonder if this house is still around. This is one of the glass plate negatives featuring locations in New Ipswich, NH.

More photos available on the New Ipswich Historical Society website
Also on their Facebook page

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Barn and Firewood

Glass plate negative predated film as the medium for photography. The plates were coated with an emulsion of light sensitive silver salts. What makes these plates ideal for digital scanning is that glass doesn't curl or bend. This photograph was in the collection of ones taken in New Ipswich. If you can identify the barn, please leave a comment.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Electric Power

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In the early twentieth century, electricity was generated from power plants on the Souhegan River. I am only aware of one that was located in Greenville, NH. I know that a penstock ran from Waterloom Pond to High Bridge in New Ipswich which produced power for the mill, however I am not sure if that was mechanical or electrical. I'd like to learn if these photos were taken locally. As with the other archival shots, I have no information about the date or location.

A generator or a motor?

This is one impressive flywheel
How much fun would it have been to see this in operation

Monday, January 16, 2017

Where in New Ipswich?

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Yesterday I posted some photos of Trap Falls that I took on January 15, 2017.  I decided it would be fun to jump back about a hundred years and post a similar photo of a waterfall in winter.  As with other early photographs there is no information available about the date or location. I'm guess that this might have been taken at Waterloom Pond in New Ipswich. I wonder if this dam was replaced with the spillway that is visible from River Road.