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Shade of the Old Elm Tree

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Shade of the Old Elm Tree
Coolidge Reservation
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Fireman's Muster

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Each year since 1849 a number of fireman's musters are held during the summer throughout New England. Volunteer crews man these old hand pumps to see who's pumper can shoot the furthest stream. A firemans' muster is held here in Salem each August with many hand pumps from around the region.

Originally these old pumpers were pulled by horse. Nowadays they are "trailered" to the site of the muster then rolled in place by manpower. One may occasionally see an old hand pump pulled by horse in a local parade.

For information on Salem's annual muster click here.

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A Seat for an Actor

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A Seat for an Actor
Boston Public Garden
Boston, Massachusetts

This is the actual bench from a scene in the movie "Good Will Hunting," where Robin Williams and Matt Damon sat.

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's challenge is "seat." To find many more seats at Thursday Challenge, click here.

Shadow Lions

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Shadow Lions
Lynch Park
Beverly, Massachusetts

This photo was made into a painting by the local artist Jude Colangelo. To see Creations by Jorge, click here.
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2


Old School

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The Sepia Saturday theme this week shows what looks like to me, a school cafeteria. Where's the best place to find that but at school?

In my collection I found this old postcard. This is the old Newburyport High School that sat at the corner of High and Green Streets. The church behind the school is Immaculate Conception and is still there. NHS moved up High Street to the new address in 1938 the old school was razed and replaced with a convent for the IC church. 
The card was posted October 30, 1915 at 10:00 PM. Can you imagine postal workers working that late in a small city like Newburyport? 
In the message area the sender is thanking the recipient for a previous card and asking what news he desires.
The new NHS shown below was built in 1938 and refurbished in 2002.
For more fine Sepia Saturday posts click here.

Porcelain Figurines - Mr. Nobody

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Porcelain Figurines - Mr. Nobody
Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This week's theme is "organized." To find more organized photos click here for Thursday Challenge.

Fence Shadows

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Fence Shadows
Newburyport, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

An Old State House

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This week's Sepia Saturday post shows the Old State House in Boston, Massachusetts. By the postmark on the back of the card it is one of the youngest postcards in my collection. It was sent to Helen G. Murray of Tionesta, Pennsylvania in 1937. Image that, sending a postcard without a street address or zip code!. I'm sure Helen received it just fine.


The Twitter like message reads:
July 1, 1937, Dear Helen, Very happy to have your note today and to here(?) that you will be in NYC this Sept. I am relieved in my mind my delightful visit with you a few days. Will write soon, (signature off the page)


Last year I wrote a post about a time capsule that was found in the Old State House while restoring two icons on the facade. If you look closely there is a lion and a unicorn on the upper corners of the balcony facade. Those are the symbolic of the British Monarchy. The Old State House was built for the seat of government, in 1713, when Massachusetts was still a colony of England. Tha…

Meeting House

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Meeting House
Rebecca Nurse Homestead Campus
Danvers, Massachusetts

Thursday Challenge is a weekly thematic collaboration of photo bloggers. This weeks challenge is "place." For more photos using this theme click here for Thursday Challenge!

Shadows on Light

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Shadows on Light
Marblehead Neck Lighthouse
Marblehead, Massachusetts

Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Sharp Shoe Shop

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Among my collection of antique postcards is this one of a good looking old shoe factory. The postmark on the back is dated 1912 but the building itself was constructed in the 1890's It was built of wood with a brick facade.

The Dodge Brothers it turns out was a dynasty of shoe makers from the 1800's. They owned several large factories in Newburyport around the downtown area. They have been described as "sweat shops" by local historians and the Dodge brothers themselves as "tyrants." I gather the brothers had a bad reputation throughout the workforce.

Perhaps the woman that wrote of  "lawn parties" on the back of the postcard purchased a pair of shoes from the Dodge Brothers right here in this building. It does look like there was a showroom on the bottom floor where the awnings are located. She must have been from Providence, Rhode Island as it is both postmarked from there and sent to a Providence location. Was she on vacation in the Newburyport …

Matching Weather Vanes

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Matching Weather Vanes
Pickering Wharf
Salem, Massachusetts

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

Petunia Shadows

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Petunia Shadows
River Street Salem, Massachusetts
Posted for Shadow Shot Sunday 2

Haunted Hotel

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The Sepia Saturday prompt shows a grand hotel. This building is somewhat of a grand hotel. It's call the Garrison Inn named for the famed abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. In was originally called the Brown Square Inn. In the basement is the Moses Brown Pub.

This building has a lot of rich history attached to it. Sometimes with all that history there has to be a ghost or two attached to it. Apparitions have been known to hang out late at night sometimes showing themselves in a shadowy alcove of the pub.
The original owner of the hotel, Moses Brown, was said to be an eccentric himself. Originally a carriage maker and into real estate, he imported sugar and molasses and became one of the richest men in the city by making rum.
But ask a Newburyport native and you'll find that room 408 is said to be haunted by Sarah White Banister, the heir to the building’s original owner. Staff members have seen her there in the past. Recently in a nearby room, a woman staying there alone de…