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Now, speaking for the other side...

Now, speaking for the other side...

Since the Brittons, Carpenters, and Tylers have already made their appearances in the Shorpy Blog, I thought I'd better post something from my father's side of the family. So here's Dad, about age 3 in 1922, with his parents, Steve and Elsie (Peiser) Miller. They all look pretty dubious of the photographer's abilities, don't they?

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

The Photographer and His Wife

The Photographer and His Wife

This is Fred Carpenter, who usually was on the other side of the camera, with his wife, Nell. Since this is a Real Photo Post Card, I'll let Aunt Nell tell the story:

"Dec 8, 1940

"Dear Florence & all -

"This was taken the 18th of May 1939 our 30th wedding day. How are you all I hope fine and I hope the children are all well....

"I have shortened a few coats for friends this winter also dresses. I'm hooking a rug. have the border most done. haven't done one before for a long time. You can paint this card if you'd like to. put some hair on for Fred for he has some. Write when you can. I'm going to use this for Xmas card. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
"Nell & Fred"

(Florence Carpenter Tyler was my grandmother and a younger sister to Fred.)

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

Big Grandma

Big Grandma

The woman in the rocker is "Big Grandma," Betsey Calista Britton (née Ware), my great-great grandmother. The woman to her left is her daughter, Martha Harriet Carpenter. To Betsey's right is her granddaughter, Mabel Carpenter Perry, who is holding her son, John Perry. The photo was taken at the Britton place in Surry, NH, in 1913 by Mabel's older brother, Fred Carpenter. Big Grandma was born on the other side of the Asheulot River and Surry Mountain in Gilsum, NH, in 1819, and died in Surry in 1917. Martha was born in 1851, and Mabel was born in 1878, both in Surry.

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

Tylers at the door

Tylers at the door

Great-Aunt Grace Tyler and her father, Albert Herman Tyler, at the front door of "the Tyler homestead" in Guilford, Vermont, in 1931. Grace and her parents lived in Keene, New Hampshire, where she was a church organist and he was an upholsterer.

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

Tyler homeplace

Tyler homeplace

This photo is identified only as "Tyler homestead Guilford Vt." If you look carefully, you can see my great-grandfather Albert Herman Tyler standing under the porch roof to the right. The house looks empty but in good repair. Other photos in the series date this to 1931, when the Albert and his family lived in Keene, New Hampshire. So who had lived in this house? Anyone in Vermont want to tackle this one?

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

Hagen's Farm

Hagen's Farm

This farm in Jernved, Denmark, has been in the same family at least since 1536 and the Reformation. My great grandfather (x6) was born there in 1730. The picture was taken in 1899.

The Calendar People, 1927

The Calendar People, 1927

Found among some old documents. Apparently a poultry business in Blooming Prairie, MN. The man is showing off a Dalton adding machine, which they had probably just purchased. Dalton merged with some other companies later in 1927 to form Remington-Rand, making this one of the last Daltons to come off the line. The 1926 price of a Dalton adding machine was $100, the equivalent of a few thousand dollars back then. They must have liked calendars; there are eight on the walls. Scan from 5x7 contact print.

 
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