Thursday, May 21, 2020

New Hampshire

This video is self explanatory. It's New Hampshire in 1947. A window into Old America of farms and textile mills. A time when New Hampshire made 20% of the shoes sold in the United States. Where fishing was abundant enough to be an export from the state.

This is home, no matter how long I have been away. I have memories of childhood. Hiking along old stone walls along the edges of farm fields. 4th of July picnics and parades. Leaves burning in the fall. Standing on the line with my grandfather at the trap range wanting to break them all.

“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”
William Faulkner


Gorges Smythe said...

Excellent little film of the good ol' days.

Sherm said...

One of the more interesting things about the book "Two Years Before the Mast" by Richard Dana is that it tells one chapter of the genesis of the New England shoe industry. For the most part his two years were spent trading for cow hides along the California coast. Hides were the currency of the California land grants. The hides were brought back to New England ports and turned into, in part, shoes.