Weekly Update

Hello fellow history lovers!  The end of September brought with it a bit of late summer, with warm, sunny days and cool evenings!  I spent time this week preparing my kindling for the winter heating season, which will get here soon enough.  Pretty soon these warm days will be replaced by a warm seat near a hot wood stove. Today's photos from the Belcher album, which we are nearly through, are nice reminders of a much simpler time, but also reminders of one thing that frustrates historians - unidentified photos!  Sometimes we might be able to identify a location from hints in a photo, and on a rare occasion, someone might recognize an ancestor and from there we might be able to identify other

Weekly Update

Hello!  A fall chill in the air brings thoughts of warm apple cider donuts and aromas of hot cocoa to mind today.  Leaves are beginning to turn color, and in a few weeks time, nature will be full of her glory.  However, there are times when the natural world can be full of wrath as well, and the current very busy hurricane season bears witness to that. Today we turn to a few photos that helped to date this Belcher photo album.  On November 26 + 27, 1898, New England was hit by a storm of epic proportions, formed by the merging of two weather systems.  It is known as the "Portland Gale" and as far as I know, is the only New England storm named for its victims.  The storm battered southern New

Weekly Update

Hello all!  What a beautiful fall morning it is here in Easton.  There is a distinct chill in the air, the sun is shining, and there is even a hint of the fall colors in some of the trees around town. Today's photos from the Belcher photo album are of the Shepard Leach House, 555 Foundry Street.  It was built around 1810 for Shepard Leach and his wife Phebe (Torrey) Leach.  Shepard's father Abisha was already known in Easton, having arrived here before 1800, when he bought an interest in the former Perry Foundry at the site of Old Pond on Foundry Street.  Shepard's wife Phebe was originally from Pembroke, and the Leach family was from Bridgewater. Shepard Leach eventually obtained full owner

Weekly Update

Greetings on this beautiful Labor Day weekend! The sun is shining beautifully here this morning, and a slight breeze moves across the surface of Shovel Shop Pond, creating pinpoint "diamonds of light" as the water gently ripples from the movement of the air just above it. Water can give us some of our most extraordinary photos, and capturing the motion of water is something that has attracted photographers since the invention of photography. Our two photos today from the Belcher album demonstrate experiments with water in motion, and hint at the talent of the man behind the lens. Keep in mind the late 19th century equipment and photographic plates that were in use at the time, and you wil

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