Friday, July 15, 2016

Celia Thaxter's Garden

"As I work among my flowers, I find myself talking to them, reasoning and remonstrating with them, and adoring them as if they were human beings. Much laughter I provoke among my friends by so doing, but that is of no consequence. We are on such good terms, my flowers and I." 
 On July 15, 2011 we boarded a research vessel in New Castle, NH and headed for Appledore Island for a guided tour of Celia Thaxter's Garden. Celia Laighton Thaxter (June 29, 1835 - August 25, 1894) was a witer of poetry and stories. She was also a gardener. Her Garden has been restored and maintained by the Shoals Marine Laboratory who hosted the tour.

We departed for the island from the dock at UNH 's Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex in New Castle, NH. We passed by the Portsmouth Harbor Light at Fort Constitution.
Ginny and Susan aboard the R/V Gulf Challenger. This was a research vessel and had no seating but the ride was enjoyable the weather was perfect.
Docking at the Shoal's Marine Laboratory at Appledore Island
They were very strict about this tour, I was not allowed to wander off on my own to snap photos. 
The gulls had NO FEAR of people and we were encouraged to wave our hands above our heads to discourage them from unloading on us.

One of the students trapped this critter for study.
A view of the hotel on Star Island, one of the nine islands that comprise the Isle of Shoals.

Research is done above and below the water

Young Gulls show off their new bands. Absolutely no fear, these guys run the island.

Family cemetery

Three bin composting, 

More gulls

My sister Susan standing the location shown in one of the paintings of Childe Hassam

Celia Thaxter's Garden
Celia Thaxter's Garden, 1890, by Childe Hassam

This Gladiolus escaped the garden and in my opinion looks better here.

Midsummer in full flower

Celia became the hostess of her father's hotel, The Appledore House. This cove was a popular place for swimming because as a sheltered area it would warm up a bit.

A spotting tower from WWII is an imposing structure.


I didn't have $150 to spend

Monday, July 11, 2016

School days in Smith Village

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Good Morning,

Previously I posted a photo of Smithville taken from the bridge looking up toward the intersection of Goen and Page Hill Road. This is a different perspective, looking down from what is now known as Page Hill Road but is identified as School Street on this postcard.

The old school house on Page Hill Road is now a private residence. It hasn't changed in outward appearance over the years as indicated in this blend of old and new photos.
At the intersection of Taylor, Fox Farm (Maxwell Hill), Goen and Smitviille Road was the summer residence of Dr. J. L. Hildreth. I knew of this house as the residence of Dick Martin who owned Attar Herbs in New Ipswich. The house is currently on the market.

July 07, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The Horror of Party Beach shops at K's Market

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Good Morning,

When we lived in Stamford, Connecticut we used to shop for Polish Kielbasa at K's Market on High Ridge Road. K's market specialized in Polish food items. It was a small building only 1100 square feet in size, surrounded by houses, nothing like the mega-markets with acres of parking spaces.

Ten years ago while  visiting Stamford, I made a quick stop to see if the market still existed. I was pleased to find that it not only survived under new management but now Fusaro's Deli and Market is one of Stamford's longest-running specialty grocery stores.The Kielbasa has been replaced with Spaghetti and biscotti.

Fusaro's Market - July 06, 2006

However in 1964 when the store was known as K's market it was featured in the cult classic The Horror of Party Beach. This is a family favorite for us because it was entirely filmed in Stamford and both my uncles are featured in the film.

In this scene my Unlcle Henry (without jacket) plays the researcher who "ran all the standard tests" and speculates that the gruesome murder at Party Beach might have been caused by "a wild shark or something". I assume he meant that a domestic shark posed no danger. My Uncle Ed is to the right, he played a detective in the film.
The monster was something to behold. Illegal dumping of leaking barrels of radioactive waste mutated the dead bodies of pirates in Long Island Sound into what the film described as Atomic Zombies. The special effects were spectacular. It was filmed in an aquarium with a goldfish, stop motion, and a pirate chest bubbler.

Naturally the Atomic Zombies were interested in young women such as these two who were visiting K's Market.

Little did thesy suspect what terror was crouched beneath a sign for Polish Ham.
Eventually science triumphed when it was learned that the monsters could be vaporized with sodium. This was logical because in spite of their sausage teeth they were mostly sea water.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Brick School House - New Ipswich, NH

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Good Morning, 

A  look back at the school house on 23 Main Street in New Ipswich. The sliding barn door is an interesting feature. Note how sparse the trees were. The New Ipswich Historical Society will be open July 9, 2016 from 1 till 3 PM.

42°45'24.9"N 71°51'16.1"W

Old Brick School House (Glass Negative)
New Ipswich Historical Society - 23 Main Street
Photo July 3, 2016

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Smith Village, New Hampshire

Good Evening,

One of the glass plate negatives of Smithville showing a lot less trees and a clear view of Deacon Hildreth's place. Note the fencing which was seen in many of these photos. From the collection of the New Ipswich Historical Society which will be open Saturday, July 09, 2016 from 1 to 3 PM.

42°44'12.9"N 71°52'14.4"W

Undated Photo (probably 100 years old) taken at intersection of Smilthville, Goen and Page Hill Road

Same location - July 07, 2016

Remnant of bridge support

Flowers still decorate the intersection, howerver the tower with the birdhouse on top is long since gone (see first photo)

Remaining fencing along the Souhegan River

Hildreth Place sign is being devoured by vines

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Masonic Lodge - New Ipswich, NH

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Good Morning,

We enjoyed perfect weather for the three day Fourth of July weekend. Among the glass negatives I processed for the Historical Society was one of the Masonic Lodge on Turnpike Road (located across the street from the gas station). Freemasons played a significant role in the founding of our country, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and others were Freemasons.

The New Ipswich Lodge is still active, an informational open house was held in March of 2016 to explain the mysteries of the fraternity..

Washington Masonic print
Print of "Washington As Master Mason." Description per seller, "shows U. S. President George Washington presiding over a meeting of the Lodge of the Alexandria, Virginia Masonic Lodge. This meeting prepared the lodge to lay the cornerstone for the United States Capitol on September 18, 1793. "President Washington wears the full regalia of his Master Mason degree including the famous Masonic apron made for him by Marchioness de Lafayette, the wife of Marquis de Lafayette, also a Mason. The apron, one of two given by the Marchioness, still exists. President Washington holds a gavel in his right hand. He stands before a stand holding an open Bible with a square and compass on it." - 1870

Masonic Lodge New Ipswich (Glass Negative)
Masonic Lodge - July 3, 2016 (Look at all those trees)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Village Cemetery - Then and Now

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Good morning and Happy Birthday America,

I took a trip to the Village Cemetery to locate the site of a photo that I processed for the New Ipswich Historical Society.  Surprisingly it was fairly easy to spot on the hill overlooking the pond. The striking thing about the original photo is the condition of the limestone gravestones. Years of acid and pollution have etched the epitaphs and discolored the stone. Most of the ironwork was still in place except for the right side.

Village Cemetery Glass Negative (Undated, probably about 100 years ago)
Village Cemetery - July 3, 2016

Intricate ironwork

One of the fence sides has collapsed and appears to be reclaimed by the earth

To process these negatives I decided I would have better results using a camera instead of my flatbed scanner.I'm using a LED Tracing Light Pad that I purchased from Amazon which provides a very even back light. It's an interesting mix of technologies using the old and new.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Crosby-Gould-Thoms House

"Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future." - Ellie Wiesel
Among the collection of glass negatives that I've scanned for the New Ipswich Historical Society I came across a picture of a home currently owned by my friend Betsy Thoms. After living there for over 50 years, Betsy will be moving . The property is listed with Greg Hanselman of Petersons Real Estate.

Photo taken July 2, 2016

The notes on the negative refer to this as Miss Gould's Home. I think the name Thoms should be appended to its name. This photo was undated but I suspect it was taken about 100 years ago.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Five Years Ago - 4th of July Pool Party

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"Summertime, and the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy's rich and your ma is good-lookin'
So hush little baby, Don't you cry..."
I created this blog as a narrative of moments in time over the years in pictures. This is only possible because digital photo files have accurate time stamps. Because of this I can confirm that Kathy was sipping a beer on her deck at 3:08:47 PM on July 2nd in 2011 when they hosted a Independence Day party. I named this blog Only a Picture Stops Time because it is a collection of stopped moments in time.

Five years ago:

Our hostess

Fourth of July

Red, White and Blue


Pool Time

Ginny Relaxes

Keeping Cool