Lyme Congregational Church, Horse Sheds, The Green, Lyme, Grafton County, NH

Lyme Congregational Church, Horse Sheds, The Green, Lyme, Grafton County, NH

Back in the day before cars, people would either walk, ride a horse or take a carriage to town.   In Lyme, New Hampshire, just past Hanover on Route 10, at the far end of the green lays a fine example of old carriage sheds that many churches used feature.

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The historic horse sheds behind the Congregational Church have been preserved and remain one of the last example of this structure.  The row of twenty-seven sheds standing today is the longest line of contiguous horse sheds in New England, and possibly in the United States.

Bill Ackerly of Lyme said the sheds were built by his great-great-great grandfather. He estimates his family settled in Lyme in the late 1700s.
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The sheds sit on town property, but they are maintained by the Lyme Congregational Church. They rely on private sources of funding for maintenance.

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The First Congregational Church was built c. 1810, at which time the horse sheds behind it were also built; these are believed to be the longest such surviving row in the state.

Subject Headings-  wooden buildings-  stables-  building deterioration-  religions-  storage-  travel-  New Hampshire — Grafton County — LymeNotes-  Significance: This structure built in 1812 at the same time as the church, is one of the few surviving example of a type of outbuilding that was typical of early meeting houses in this area.-  Survey number: HABS NH-76-  Building/structure dates: 1812 Initial Construction

About Lyme, New Hampshire

Lyme is a town along the Connecticut River in Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 1,716 as of the 2010 census,[1] with an estimated population of 1,680 in 2015.[2] Lyme is home to the Chaffee Natural Conservation Area. The Dartmouth Skiway is in the eastern part of town, near the village of Lyme Center. The Appalachian Trail passes through the town’s heavily wooded eastern end.

stable is a building in which livestock, especially horses, are kept. It most commonly means a building that is divided into separate stalls for individual animals. There are many different types of stables in use today; the American-style barn, for instance, is a large barn with a door at each end and individual stalls inside or free-standing stables with top and bottom-opening doors. The term “stable” is also used to describe a group of animals kept by one owner, regardless of housing or location.

Fine art photography of an old Hudson vintage automobile

Old Abandoned Hudson Vintage Car

From 1909 to 1954 the Detroit automobile company known as the Hudson Motor Car Company build and sold Hudson and other brand automobiles.  After 1954 Hudson merged with the  Nash-Kelvinator Corporation to form American Motors (AMC). The Hudson name was continued through the 1957 model year.

1955 Hudson Wasp
1955 Hudson Wasp

This old wreck of a car is still striking in its design despite the missing headlight and well worn paint, which looks incredible in this high resolution black and white fine art print.

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I found this old Hudson on a side lot of an automobile repair facility in a section of White River Junction slated for some “urban renewal”.  Office buildings along the White River were pushing out the car repair business and their collection of project cars which dotted the lot across from the Listen charity thrift store.

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What really drew me to this old wreck of a car in the snow was the roundness of the hood, fenders and grill.  You just don’t see such sensual curves on cars anymore.

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From this selective color photo of the old Hudson, you can see the state of the paint after what must have been years in a barn or out in a farm field.

1940 Hudson Sedan
1940 Hudson Sedan

The 1940 Hudson had looked strikingly new. A broad grille of seven horizontal louvers spanned from fender to fender, and the fenders themselves were an outgrowth of the body, not bulbous lumps connected to the body by a catwalk as on General Motors’ cars. A sharp crease headlined the prow, on a hood hinged to open from the rear, a Hudson feature introduced the previous year.

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As you can see in comparing my photograph of the old wreak of a Hudson, the headlight is missing as well as the fender and a lot of the trim.  What remains is the curvy hood and wheel wells as well as the distinctive grill of seven bars on each side.

Hudson for 1940 Ad
Hudson for 1940 Ad

For 1940 Hudson introduced coil spring independent front suspension, aircraft style shock absorbers mounted within the front springs and true center-point steering on all its models, a major advance in performance among cars in this price range.

The New 1940 Hudson Country Club
The New 1940 Hudson Country Club
1940 Hudson Car Ad
1940 Hudson Car Ad

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I’m kind of sad thinking of my long lost friend the 1940 Hudson in the empty lot.  One day the lot was cleared the old service station leveled, to be replaced with new office buildings.  Never did know where these old cars went after that.

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Edward M. Fielding is a fine art photographer working primarily in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire.  You can see his work and purchase prints, canvas, wood, metal, acrylic and frame and matted artwork from his online portfolio at:  https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/car

New! Walkup Brownstone Stairs Providence Rhode Island

Walkup Brownstone Stairs Providence Rhode Island

Stairs leading up to the front entrance of a brownstone building on historic  College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island.

Brownstone is a brown Triassic-Jurassic sandstone which was once a popular building material. The term is also used in the United States to refer to a townhouse clad in this material.
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Fine art photography of Providence Rhode Island  by Edward M. Fielding – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/collections/places+rhode+island

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Recently Sold: Typewriter Triptych

Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography Framed Print

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A TRIPTYCH is a set of three associated artistic, literary, or musical works intended to be appreciated together.

I created this triptych from three separate photographs of a vintage typewriter. The result of hanging these three images side by side on a wall is stunning especially with three large canvas prints.  Although three framed and matted pieces would also look rather cool.

I also offer other fine art photographs featuring this fine old machine that I own – a classic vintage Woodstock metal antique typewriter, like this poster made from fragments of the typewriter – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/1-vintage-typewriter-edward-fielding.html

Vintage Typewriter fine art photograph by Edward M. Fielding
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Or this more story telling still life image create with the author and writing process in mind.

Vintage Typewriter photograph by Edward M. Fielding
Vintage Typewriter photograph by Edward M. Fielding – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/vintage-manual-typewriter-edward-fielding.html

 

A typewriter is a mechanical or electro mechanical device with keys that, when pressed, cause characters to be printed on a medium, usually paper. Typically one character is printed for keypress, and the machine prints the characters by making ink impressions of type elements similar to the sorts used in movable type letterpress printing.

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After their invention in the 1860s, typewriters quickly became indispensable tools for practically all writing other than personal correspondence. They were widely used by professional writers, in offices, and for business correspondence in private homes. By the end of the 1980s, word processors and personal computers had largely displaced typewriters in most of these uses.

 

Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography Framed Print
Old Typewriter Black And White Low Key Fine Art Photography Framed Print – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/old-typewriter-black-and-white-low-key-fine-art-photography-edward-fielding.html

The above “low key” photograph creates a sense of drama by taking an already dark object, the black painted vintage typewriter, and puts it in a dark room with lighting that highlights the sliver keys and white accents.

Low-key photography is a genre of photography consisting in shooting dark-colored scenes, and emphasizing natural or artificial light only on specific areas in the frame. This photographic style is usually used to create a mysterious atmosphere that only suggests various shapes, often graphic, letting the viewer experience the photograph through subjective interpretation.

You can see all of my typewriter inspired fine art photography here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/type

Gritty Old Truck Stowe Vermont

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This gritty old weathered farm truck is a subject dear to photographers looking for great black and white photography subjects to highlight the tonal range and drama of black and white photography.

I tend to forget that this type of subject matter is not readily available to most people. Sometimes I look at the street photography of photographers in New York City or Boston and think, gee I wish I had access to the city streets to take photographs of cool buildings and interesting characters found down dark alleys or in Time Square.

But the reality is that there are thousands of photographers working those urban areas – local photographers and tourists alike. Meanwhile its rare that I run into another photographer when I’m out and about on the back roads of New Hampshire and Vermont taking photographs of a way of life that fewer and few people can relate to – farming, working the land, fixing your own car, working the forest, working with animals, creating local specialty products like maple syrup.

We don’t have any skyscrapers or Naked Cowboys in rural New Hampshire and Vermont but we have a lot of old stuff.  Old houses, old barns, old junker cars, old tractors and old ways of doing things, like actually driving to the store rather than having a drone deliver milk to our front door.

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I found this old International Harvester farm truck on the side of the road at a maple sugar house in Stowe, Vermont.  This kind of relic from the past is saved in places where they don’t have a lot of money to waste and you never know when something can be re-purposed or fixed up.  This beautiful old truck with its chrome grill slightly out of sorts and its peeling, weathered paint makes for a fascinating black and white photographic study.

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A ten minute drive on the other side of Stowe, Vermont, I was face to face with a totally different type of farm essential.  A beautiful dairy cow calmly chewing her cud in the rain.

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Crossing the Connecticut River into New Hampshire I ran into one of the local product producers working the steaming sap and creating the sugary sweet state treasure – maple syrup.

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Further south in New Hampshire I came across this fine old tractor still working the hay fields in Etna, NH – as soon as that back tire gets fixes.

A yup, we don’t have skyscrapers in rural Vermont and New Hampshire but we do have interesting people and things going on if you look hard enough.

The Story Behind the Old Baby Carriage

Vintage Baby Buggy

In several of my fine art photographs for sale, you’ll find this classic old baby carriage.  It’s a large baby buggy or maybe more properly called a pram or a stroller.

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“….definitive luxury pram, still crafted by hand in Yorkshire using traditional methods. It’s unique design is British engineering at its best. The iconic design exudes quality and craftsmanship, from the polished chrome chassis to the hand stitched fabrics and the hallmark hand painted fine line detail. The gorgeous shape and detailing are matched by the famous Silver Cross ride, a wonderful bouncing glide created by the patented C-spring chassis…”

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This is something you’d see in the movies with an Irish nanny pushing the pram through NYC’s Central Park or something.

New ones can still be purchased and sell for $2,500 or more.  I picked up mine at the local church flea market for $0.  It was in the “free” pile after it didn’t receive any bids in the charity auction.

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Too big to fit in the car, my wife walked it back to the house where it sat in the basement for a while.  It was in rough shape.  The canopy was ripped, the wood was rotting.  Eventually I had to move it outside into the elements because we tired of tripping over it.

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Had it been in better shape perhaps I would have found someone to buy it from me for a store display or something but the thing was a beast.  It is huge, heavy and takes up a lot of space.  If you own one of these things, you really need a third bay in the garage to store it.

Had this tag sale fine been more manageable I think I would have done a series with it, driving it around in the car, popping it into landscapes here and there, but it was so heavy and awkward.  It wouldn’t fit in the car and need two men and a small boy to wrangle it anywhere.

Eventually the wild animals had their fun with it and it ended up getting smashed up and fed to the bonfire.

 

Take those old records off the shelf

Take those old record off the shelf

I’ve inherited a lot of old stuff as my parents and in-laws have “downsized”, cleaned out or moved around, shedding their former treasures, collected over the years.

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One set of these treasures has been old vinyl record albums.   These old classic records from the 50s and 60s make for some cool wall art.

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A collection of old classic record albums.

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A classic old jukebox.

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A simple aged vinyl record album liner sleeve makes for a cool t-shirt, throw pillow or shower curtain.

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The classic designs of old vintage record album sleeves.

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Take those old records off the shelf – old vinyl record albums make fine art in these photographs by Edward M. Fielding available as prints.

Vintage Tractor Fine Art Photographs

Vintage Tractor photographs

The Art of the Tractor – celebrating the beauty of old farm tractors with fine art photographs and artwork from around New England and the world.

Do you like old tractors?  This is the place to see some of the finest tractor photography by photographer and vintage tractor hound, Edward M. Fielding.

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Living in the heart of old tractor hunting grounds, in the Upper Valley region and Kearsarge area of New Hampshire, near the boarder of Vermont, Fielding spends his time hunting the surrounding towns of Springfield, Sunapee, New London, Hanover, Lyme, Cornish as well as deep into rural Vermont in pursuit of fine old vintage tractors in the wild to photograph.

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John Deere, Farmall, International Harvester, Ford – if it is an old tractor sold back in the day in New England, chances are Fielding has found and documented it.

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Old tractors still in use plowing and haying meadows, old antiques restored and proudly displayed, classics for sale, rusty old heaps put out to pasture as decorations, cute little red house tractors peeking out of barns.

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tractor is an engineering vehicle specifically designed to deliver a high tractive effort (or torque) at slow speeds, for the purposes of hauling a trailer or machinery used in agriculture or construction.

 

Most commonly, the term is used to describe a farm vehicle that provides the power and traction to mechanize agricultural tasks, especially (and originally) tillage, but nowadays a great variety of tasks.

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Agricultural implements may be towed behind or mounted on the tractor, and the tractor may also provide a source of power if the implement is mechanized.

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To the tractor lover, there is something magical about the tractor in the pasture. It represents wisdom, strength, and former glory as the plower of soil, tender of crops, and the backbone of the nation.

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Much like the aging racehorse or the prize bull, after its working days are done, old tractors find resting spots on the edges of fields, alongside barns, or in the hedgerows.

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Today, these rusting piles of iron not only represent the memories of nostalgic farmers (past or present), they represent possibilities of restoration, rejuvenation, and new life as sparkling representations of an age gone by.

 


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The Old Grist Mills of New England

Old Grist Mill Vermont

Grist Mills – Before flour came in convenient sized bags and in a zillion versions like wheat,  whole-wheat, bleached, gluten-free, rye, potato, rice, pastry, corn meal etc.

Today its easy to shop for pre-ground flour.
Modern supermarkets offer a wide selection of specialty flours at your finger tips.

In the old days you had to grown your own grain, harvest it, dry it, separate the grain from the plant and take it to the local grist mill to have it ground into flour bay a water powered contraption between two giant stone disks called mill stones.  How much stone dust do you think people back then ate?

A gristmill (also: grist mill, corn mill or flour mill) grinds grain into flour. The term can refer to both the grinding mechanism and the building that holds it.

Whole communities sprang up around the available water sources and grist mills were such an important part of every day life that many have survived today and even more mill stones are around decorating people gardens or used as front steps.

Here is a collection of some of the mills I’ve photographed around New England.

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Old Grist Mill Vermont
Old Grist Mill Vermont by Edward M. Fielding

Located on Granby Road (just off Route 102) in Guildhall, Vermont, the Old Guildhall Grist Mill. In Guildhall was the Bailey Grist Mill was built below what is reputed to be the first wing dam built in the Connecticut. It was in operation until 1844. According to a petition submitted by one Enoch Bartlett to the Council and Representatives of the State of New Hampshire in 1780, the iron work, mill stones, gears, and other building materials, were plundered from a mill located on Dean Brook in Northumberland and transported across the Connecticut River for use in the Bailey mill.

More photographs of old grist mills from around New England can be found on Edward M. Fielding’s online portfolio of fine art photographs from around New England and beyond – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/mill