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Lantern Shadow

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Lantern Shadow
City Hall
Salem, Massachusetts

Salem's City Hall is the nation's 2nd oldest city hall built in 1837.
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

The Mystery of the Traveling Granite Tower

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The Fitchburg Railroad was founded in 1842. The line originally terminated in Charlestown, but moved across to Boston in 1848. The line crossed the mouth of the Charles river to Charlestown and northwest to Fitchburg, and was later extended west through northern Massachusetts, with branches running to Vermont and New York. Part of the line ran through the Hoosac Tunnel. The Hoosac went 4.75 miles through the Hoosac range. The work took 20 years at a cost of $21,000,000, at a time when a dollar was a dollar. At the time it was the second longest tunnel in the world, and remains the longest in the United States east of the Rockies.


The Boston depot shown above was built, quite appropriately, from Fitchburg granite, and was known a Crocker's Folly (Alvah Crocker being the president of the company) and later the Great Stone Castle. When the line moved to the north union station, the space was used by the company for offices, There was a fire in 1925, and by 1928 the structure had b…

Fast Flyer

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Fast Flyer
Ropes Mansion and Gardens
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This week's challenge is "fast." For many more photos from this theme  click here for Thursday Challenge.

Shadow Pasture

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Shadow Pasture
Rebecca Nurse Homestead
Danvers, Massachusetts

Rebecca Nurse was one of the victims of the Salem witch hysteria of 1692.
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Lazy Cow or Smart Cow?

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Sometimes when you're old and a wife, it's hard to be believable when stating a proverb. I can remember when my grandmother took us children to her home "upcountry" in New Hampshire we would pass many farms. Whenever we came upon a herd of cows laying down she would tell us it would be raining soon. When asked "how do you know Gram?" She would reply, "because those cows are laying down." Of course we wouldn't believe her. Our reply would be that that's just an old wives tale! My grandmother grew up on a farm so she knew pretty much what she was talking about.

The old wives’ tale that cows lie down when it is about to rain may not be so far fetched after all, according to a new study by scientists. Researchers have discovered that cows stand up for longer periods when it is hot, proving there is a definite link between their behavior and the weather. They also suggest that cows lie down when it is colder, which is often what happens to t…

Peaceful Day's End

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Peaceful Day's End
Obear Park
Beverly, Massachusetts

Thursday's Challenge this week was for a peaceful photo. I can't think of anything more peaceful than a pure pink sunset.

To find many more peaceful photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Gazebo Shadows

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Gazebo Shadows
Salem Willows
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Puppy Wonders...

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There's a lot to look at in these old postcard advertisements. It's rather cute looking at the expressions on the children's faces. Apparently the family dog was good at chasing rats away from the barnyard but this "puppy" loses his prey when the rat runs through the toe of a giant shoe!
Once upon a time shoes for children were quite an expense for the average family. I can remember my mother telling me that she would go barefoot all summer except for church and special occasions. Children surely could put a lot of wear and tear on their leather footwear.
The lower postcard is part of the series showing the victorious children and family dog capturing the rat because that old rat couldn't run through the "tipped" giant shoe. Even the barnyard animals are in on the search and celebration.


It's interesting to see the two separate ads from the rear of the postcards below. They are from different cobblers. Both boast that they can cut your children…

Samantha Stevens sits in snow. #snow #snowdepth #bewitched #statue 

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Snowbank Street

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Snowbank Street
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Thursday Challenge. This weeks challenge is "street." For more street photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Locomotive Shadow

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Locomotive Shadow
Salem Station
Salem, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Music To Your Ears

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Music To Your Ears. Symphony Hall Boston, Massachusetts
Symphony Hall is a concert hall located at 301 Massachusetts Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts. It was built in 1900. It is noted that Symphony Hall is acoustically, among the top three concert halls in the world and is considered the finest in the United States. Considering it was built in an age before acoustic/audio electronic technology it's an amazing fact. Beethoven's name is inscribed over the stage, the only musician's name that appears in the hall since the original directors couldn't agree on any other name. The hall's leather seats are the original ones installed in 1900. The hall seats 2,625 people during Symphony season and 2,371 during the Pops season, including 800 seats at tables on the main floor. The Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1881 and the Pops in 1885. Looking carefully at the postcard you can see a "POPS" sign on the front of the building.

Today, traffic in front of the hall …

Still Action

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Still Action.
TD Garden
Boston, Massachusetts

Growing up who was our favorite hockey player? "Number 4, Bobby Orr!" is what we said. This statue is of his Stanley Cup winning goal in 1970. Bobby Orr is a member of the Boston Bruins and NHL Hall of Fame.

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of bloggers. This week's challenge is "still life."
For many more still life photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Sculpture Shadow

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Sculpture Shadow.
Lynn Central Station
Lynn, Massachusetts