Friday, December 16, 2016

It's My Birthday


Make the world go away

Where did the time go? I started this blog ten years ago with a posting about New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's appearance in New Hampshire, two years prior to the presidential primary. What was my motivation to start a blog? Why spend time on something like this?

I was looking for an online way to share photos, letters and other artifacts with my extended family. I maintained an email distribution list, sending out photos on folks birthdays. Not everyone was happy with so much spam, and it proved difficult to maintain. I moved on after that to a Google Group forum which proved popular until the 2000 election which got quite heated. I felt I had created a monster. Later I settled on this blog as the principal means of sharing family news. It was passive, no email lists, no fighting in the streets. Folks could read it or ignore it. 

I was able to share photos and scanned documents, even the lyrics to Hupaj Siupaj. I included some family history such as a slideshow of the Rockland Hotel. I threw in other tidb
its too, such as our experience with a roasted mouse and the famous sign controversy of 2007.

Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites have taken over the role of folks sharing photos and experiences but I see no need to stop doing this. I have a number of recurring themes which seem to be popular such as Look What I Saw at the Green Center.  This would be nothing if I didn't have folks that take the time to read it and in some cases povide comments. Thank you for your readership and the 170,457 page views.










Tuesday, December 13, 2016

NBHS - 5th Annual Holiday Party


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The New Boston Historical Society held their 5th annual Holiday party on Dec 11, 2016. These are a few photos from the event.

Early Toys exhibit
- Terrie, Sue, Debbie and Lisa, all in red. 
      Terrie Wallace and Debbie Harpe are NBHS volunteers; Sue Carr is my sister.



- and the special toy exhibit.

John got right into the toy barn with his camera. 
The barn was made by Willard Williams for his sister Betsy Moody when her daughter Sarah was little.
Dick Moody says it is an accurate model of the Moodys' barn, right down to the posts and beams and horses' names written over the stalls (not visible in photos

Betsy Whitman lead  us in sing-a-long of Christmas Carols

Mom and Susan

A very nice selection of Christmas goodies served next to the fireplace

More treats

Patty Grosso and Betty Poltrack on either side of Frances and Howard Towne. 
      Howard received the Boston Post cane given to NB's oldest citizen.

Jim Dane
Rubber molded figures


The barn was made by Willard Williams for his sister Betsy Moody when her daughter Sarah was little.
Dick Moody says it is an accurate model of the Moodys' barn, right down to the posts and beams and horses' names written over the stalls (not visible in photos).
Farmer and chickens in the barn
Even a dog
MILLIONS play it!

Radio Car

China doll with multiple wigs
A fire added to the festive atmosphere



The honeymoon express

No plastic in those days

Buddy L truck from the 1920s

Watching the late afternoon sun