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Vintage photos of:
Real Photo Post Card, Azo paper, stamp box design in use 1924-49. Main Street (foreground) was once billed as the "World's Widest Paved Main Street." Congregationalist Church is the white spire at the top of the square, westernmost spire is Grace Methodist, on Court Street. Some version of the Cheshire House, a well-known hotel, stood on the east side of Main from 1837 to 1934, when it was replaced with a one-story commercial block.
Real Photo Post Card, Azo paper, stamp box design in use 1910-30. Home of my Great-Great-Grandmother, Betsey Britton, and later her daughter and son-in-law, Martha Harriet and Frank D.W. Carpenter. Looks like the firewood is ready for the coming winter. This house was razed in the mid-late '50s when the Surry Mtn. Dam was built to control flooding along the Ashuelot River. Surry Mountain is in the background.