My neighborhood

Alice Bliss from the memories of little Ronnie Patch

Below are a few of my memories of growing up on High Street in Chester in the 1950s. At the intersection of High and Grafton streets is where Joe and Jackie Krupsky lived. Harry Milkman lived here later. Joe worked … Continued

America’s first plastic

Thermoplastic case open showing Lysander and case label

In recent articles I’ve written some about antique photography. This article is about the “Thermoplastic cases” that housed those antique photos. Many people confuse thermoplastic with gutta-percha. Gutta-percha is made from India rubber. In 1854, Samuel Peck received his patent … Continued

2020 calendar pictures presentation

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – The Springfield Art and Historical Society will present “2020 Calendar Pictures” Saturday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m. at the SAHS facility at 65 Route 16, North Springfield. Bunni Putnam will talk about the photographs in the SAHS … Continued

Fireside chat on local theatrics

A fireside chat Jan. 12 on local theatrics includes early performances at the Bellows Falls Opera House.

SAXTONS RIVER, Vt. – Main Street Arts and the Saxtons River Historical Society continue their series of Fireside Chats Sunday, Jan. 12 when the topic will be “Rockingham’s Love Affair with Theater.” The talk takes place from 5:30 to 6:45 … Continued

District 20 Schoolhouse


Below is a brief history of the stone schoolhouse at the end of School Street in Chester. It was built in the summer of 1848. In my collection is a 20th School District Clerk’s ledger beginning Sept. 24, 1847. These … Continued

Nathaniel Fullerton

Nathaniel Fullerton albumen and tintype historic photographs

Last week I wrote some on the subject of antique photography. That article was about ambrotypes. In that article, I mentioned the ambrotype was replaced with the tintype in the 1860s. From my collection are the two photos you see … Continued

Antique photographs

A cased ambro with lace and watch paper

One of my areas of expertise is antique photography. I have studied and dealt in antique photography over 40 years. The camera was invented in 1839 with the daguerreotype. The ambrotype photograph replaced the daguerreotype in the mid-1850s. Many of … Continued

Norman Rockwell painting of Sophie Aumand

Norman Rockwell

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Dec. 3, 2019, Members Advantage Credit Union of Springfield, Vt. held a well-attended autograph signing of a Norman Rockwell calendar painting. Sophie Rose Rachiski Aumand was his Dec. 27, 1947 Post magazine cover girl and was … Continued

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