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New Hampshire’s First Flights and Early Aviators

A story on aviation was reported in the Portsmouth Herald on 13 September 1940.  At that time the New Hampshire State Planning and Development Commission for state airport development provided a basic listing of aviation firsts along with their recommendations … Continue reading

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New Hampshire WWI Military: Army Nurse Corps Teresa Margaret Murphy of Concord NH (1891-1918)

Up until the posting of this story, very little  has been written about Teresa Margaret Murphy, a hero(ine) of World War I. Every few years she is briefly mentioned in Concord New Hampshire newspapers. Those articles always say that information … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Tidbits: Live Free or Die on Automobile License Plates

In July of 1969 the New Hampshire legislature voted to print the New Hampshire state motto–“Live Free or Die” on automobile license plates. The printing began in 1971, replacing the word “Scenic” which described the state at that time.  [Info … Continue reading

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Wilfred Ernest Burpee (1860-1948) and Other Early Opticians of New Hampshire

Many of my blog stories are generated based on the view of a curious, old postcard. “Reception Room, Brown & Burpee” was inscribed on the front of this particular postcard.  Three men are present–one sitting.  There are display cases in … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s First Female Aviator, Well-Known Photographer and Philanthropist: Bernice Blake Perry (1905-1996)

Bernice Gertrude Blake was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on 2 March 1905,  one of four children born to Edward C. & Gertrude (Hurd) Blake.  Her father was an English-Canadian immigrant who had founded Blake’s Creamery, originally as a milk … Continue reading

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