This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows a skier. I'm a great fan of skiing having skied most every area in northern New England. One thing I never did though was get there via a train.
Check out this vintage snow train poster circa 1939 printed by the Boston and Maine railroad. What you are looking at is Mount Washington and it's deep ravines in the background so this ski area pictured would be Wildcat Mountain.
Snow trains of the Boston and Maine Railroad started in January, 1931. They transported from Boston the first of 197 passengers, mainly ski club members, to visit New Hampshire that winter. In 1934 one train alone was recorded to have carried 2933 passengers to North Woodstock for snow play. By the end of the season in 1934, the B&M Railroad claimed to have carried more than 41,000 skiers to various parts of New Hampshire and New England along several different branches since it began operation in 1931. It is said that winter enthusiasts watched the Friday Bos…
Massachusetts 2nd Corp Cadets Armory
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "shadows." Click here for more Thursday Challenge photos. Posted also for Shadow Shot Sunday 2.
This week's Sepia Saturday prompt show's a dashing young soldier of World War I or the Great War. This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of that war. I have written about my grandfather's involvement in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in the past. What I have never show was this medal he received for service at the front.
Ralph Barton , my grandfather was a member of 286th Regiment of the C.E.F. They were know as The New Brunswick Kilties. And yes they wore kilts in this war as seen by the photo below. They were dispatched from Montreal where they trained on a cold October morning to fight in a the war in Belgium and France. He was awarded this medal upon his discharge.
This type of WW1 Army Class A commemorative service enamel badge was issued to Canadians who had joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) and had fought on the Western Front. Time of issue would have either been upon honourable discharge or during active military service back in Canada. The…
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "distant." In the distance: Schooner Thomas E. Lannon, Magnolia, Massachusetts shoreline, and Dog Bar light. To find more "distant" photos click here.
The prompt this week shows what looks like a family Bible with many family photos spilling forth. After giving some thought to this week's theme I chose and edited this post which I originally posted in April of 2011.
This is my sister's cookbook. It was given to her by my mother as a wedding gift in 1967. Both my mother and my grandmother both had earlier editions of the same cookbook which are now passed on to younger generations. Some of our storied family recipes got their start here, most of them modified to suit our taste.
As you can see it has been well used. The cover is about to fall off and it is tattered and torn here and there. As you leaf through the book there are stains of several ingredients from tried recipes in years gone by.
I personally consult Betty Crocker's cookbook via her internet site. Most of her recipes are exactly worded but some have been updated. One ingredient that is noticeably absent is Crisco shortening. Shortening is still mentioned but…
Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "architecture." Seen in this photo are both John Hancock buildings, 500 Boylston Street, Old South Church, Trinity Church, and Copley Plaza Hotel. For more architectural challenge photos, click here for Thursday Challenge.
This week's Sepia Saturday prompt shows a rather long bus/limo being readied for a tour. I have a postcard here of an excursion steamer. Close enough!
The top photo shows the steamers Katahdin II and Twilight II at Shipyard Point on Moosehead Lake. The Twilight II lies on her side mostly and submerged due to the declining need for lake steamers. She was built in 1911 and sank at her mooring in February 1943.
The Katahdin II (floating) was christened in 1913. She has a steel hull which was fabricated at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The pieces of the hull were then shipped in sections by rail to Greenville, where she was assembled. She remains the only Bath Iron Works ship not built in Bath.
The Katahdin II is 115 feet long with a 26 foot beam, 7.5 foot draft and had a large upright boiler. Later she was converted to diesel. Both steamers operated for passenger travel, hauled cargo, towed barges, and towed "rafts" of logs on Moosehead Lake. The Twilight II and the Kata…