Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Laconia New Hampshire & Hillsboro New Hampshire Old Antique Vintage Postcards

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I want to change states again today and move on to New Hampshire. The first postcard is a 1913 Curt Teich postcard of the town of Laconia New Hampshire showing the Soldiers' Monument, the Gale Memorial Library and the Laconia Tavern. I spend a great deal of time trying to identify any items or businesses of interest when I evaluate a postcard and this one makes that task much easier. If I was from Laconia NH, I would probably recognize them immediately but I have never been there and there are no names visible on anything. The descriptive title gives me the information I need and with a full accurate description, this postcard gains a much wider appeal which makes it easier to sell and more valuable. Since the postcard was printed in 1913, the Soldiers' Monument is most likely a Civil War monument and there is a cannon and cannon balls in front of it making it of interest to Civil War monument collectors. Also, there are collectors of libraries, taverns and hotels which increases the appeal of this particular view.

The second postcard is a Curt Teich 1939 linen view of the Community Building in Hillsboro New Hampshire. Unfortunately, there isn't any additonal information and I would really like to know if this was built as a community center or was originally a home or even a hotel or inn. One thing for sure is that it is a beautiful building and I just hope it is still there. Both of these postcards are available in my New Hampshire listings along with 10,000 additional postcards on my website Moody's Postcards.

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1 comment:

cpeep said...

From here: http://www.conknet.com/~fullerlibrary/History.html

The building still stands and is used as a community center and the town library.


HISTORY OF THE GOV. JOHN B. SMITH HOUSE (Community Building)
"One of New Hampshire's best late-Victorian houses, (it) was once the residence of Gov. John B. Smith, and now serves as a library and community center. Erected in 1892 from plans by William M. Butterfield (1860-1932), of Manchester, this massive asymmetrical structure has long been a prominent Hillsborough landmark. The house combines features of the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles. Typical of the former are the irregular plan and massing, and the varied wall, gable, and window treatments. The roof is steep and complex; the chimney, a prominent feature of the facade, is paneled and has stone mouldings. Small-scale classical detail is seen everywhere on the building, and the interior woodwork is elaborately carved."

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.