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The Northern: 1907

The Northern: 1907

Littleton, New Hampshire, circa 1907. "Northern Hotel and post office block." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Burned down in 1924. Looks almost brand new in the photo.

An N

Model N Ford in the middle.

Not much remains

Of this block. All I could recognize were the two buildings down the street on the right.

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Adoption of technology

These photos from the first decade of the 20th century show how quickly our great-grandparents adopted electrical power and telephones - despite a total lack of infrastructure and limited appliances. We even see a few motor vehicles. Can paved roads be far behind? Actually, yes.
Today, we think the emergence of a new social website is a significant achievement. Just think of what it took to bring electricity and phones to a Littleton. My admiration is for an earlier generation.

Telephone lines

One set of poles to support telephone, telegraph, and power lines, with the power lines at the lowest level, made the phone/telegraph lineman's job REALLY interesting, I'll bet.

Across the street, the combination pool room and shooting gallery must have caused a lot of scratches.

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