Sepia Saturday - The Time Trolley

Photos and Postcards: CrazyasaCoolFox
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One can find lots in this old postcard from the early 1900's . From a busy trolley driver with a heavy coat to a team of horses.

What strikes me in the shot is the long shadow cutting across the photo. That's the shadow of an old elm tree. There's another elm standing to the right. Elms have been decimated in this country from Dutch Elm disease. City streets and country lanes where once lined with the stately tree. Few remain now and these in Salisbury square are gone. Cites and towns are now replanting the elm which is now resistant to the disease.

Being from Salisbury I know that this photo was shot facing north. From the shadow I can tell the sun is from the east thus it is morning in late autumn or early spring. The church in the background is the East Parish Church United Methodist Church built in 1834.

The road that runs past the church is Lafayette Road named after the famous French general that helped Washington during the revolution. It is said Lafayette took this route to Portsmouth, New Hampshire on a tour of the New England states. The road is named Lafayette Road though six towns all the way to Portsmouth some 20 miles.


Normally I would transcribe the message here, but this handwriting is extremely difficult to read. I'll leave it up to you. :)


Salisbury Square - 2011
Salisbury Square has changed dramatically in the 100 years since the time trolley. The building to the right, once an historic tavern is now a pizza shop. A CVS Pharmacy replaces the proud white home seen in the postcard. The church is still there tucked behind a telephone pole and some signs. The tracks are gone. Only three buildings remain from the old photo. A new traffic pattern was constructed in the 1990's to help allievate the bottleneck of US Route 1, 1a, and State Route 110.

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