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Gordon’s Fried Sea Food and Other Shops at 215 Hanover Street in Manchester NH

Yes, I realize that “Gordon’s Fried Sea Food and Other Shops at 215 Hanover Street in Manchester NH” is a long title for a blog post.  However it is very fitting, because my research took me on a long, convoluted, … Continue reading

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New Hampshire: Late 19th Century Facts About Footwear

FACTS ABOUT FOOTWEAR Fashions changed; and “the whirligig of time” brings about many other things besides “revenges.” The sharply pointed toes of some of our ancestors will be along immediately. Perhaps crimson rosettes and silver buckles will follow; perhaps the … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Burnap "Leghorn Bonnets"

A sample bonnet from the 18th century found in Connecticut. Note: this is not a photograph of the bonnets made by the Burnap sisters. Samples of leghorn straw bonnets can be found HERE.

According to the Merrimack NH town history, presented at the Bicentennial celebration in 1946 (written by my grandmother, Mattie Kilborn Webster): “The Burnap sisters, daughters of Merrimack, New Hampshire’s first minister [Jacob Burnap], had other ideas of a woman’s usefulness. It is claimed that in this Town [Merrimack] they invented the making of “Leghorn hats” or bonnets, as they were called. Continue reading

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New Boston New Hampshire’s Roger Ward Babson, Statistician, Eccentric Businessman, College Founder (1875-1967)

Call him kooky, or call him ingenious, and you are correct both times

Roger Ward Babson was not a … Continue reading

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Postcard: Alma’s Tea Room, Manchester, NH

Established in 1923 by Alma M. Truesdale, Alma's Tea Room was located at the intersection of Route 3 and 28 … Continue reading

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