New Hampshire December 19, 2016
12 Rare Photos From New Hampshire That Will Take You Straight To The Past
Every wondered how our ancestors in New Hampshire handled the winter cold? Or what life was like when the first cameras came to the Granite State? These 12 rare historic New Hampshire pictures will give you a glimpse into how life used to be, and transport you straight to the past.
1. Winter Carnivals were grand events.
That's right, you're looking at the New Hampshire Winter Carnival Queen from the 1920's, complete with her snowshoes!
2. People still drove too fast in the snow.
Even with a horse and carriage, people liked to be quick, even in the winter.
3. The railroad was instrumental to daily life.
Today you're more likely to walk a rail trail than see an engine come through town.
4. Skiing was very beloved.
In this photo from the 1920s, the whole town has gathered to watch a ski jumping competition (see the jumper in the middle?).
5. People traveled by horse and buggy.
Although it looks charming, it couldn't have been very comfortable.
6. Snow racing was a thing.
What else was there to do when the fields were snowed over?
7. People really knew how to skate.
This photo from Beaver Pond in Derry shows that the moves were just better in the good old days.
8. Logging Camps were hard work.
Logging is grueling work even today, so imagine how hard it was before there were motor vehicles.
9. Downtown Derry looked quite different.
This image from 1923 shows there were still more horses than cars on the road!
10. People still liked to pose.
Even in 1909, people knew to strike a distinctive pose when the camera came out.
11. Winter meant it was time to ice skate.
You just don't see ponds this crowded nowadays.
12. The whole town came out after a snow storm.
Imagine shoveling in those outfits?
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