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Old 10-14-2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Beautiful old photographs of the lake

I was doing research in the Library of Congress website on Winnipesaukee and came across a slew of great images, attached. The clarity is impressive.

If you look closely often in the lower left corner there is often a description of what the image is about. These pictures are from all over the lake.
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That is awesome, thanks for sharing!

Any idea what bridge that is in the second photo? Water level looks very low with all the rocks.
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Very interesting...I too wonder about that bridge. Could it be the Weirs?
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Thank you for taking the time to post these. It is hard to imagine how pristine the lake was in the early days. We are all fortunate to enjoy our beautiful playground.
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Any idea what bridge that is in the second photo? Water level looks very low with all the rocks.
That's the old Weirs Channel Bridge

#10 is the old Alton Bay Station before it burned
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Great find. I am trying to figure out the loction of photo #16.
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If #2 is the Weirs Bridge then #16 is looking the same way while on the bridge.
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Wonder where they relocated that beautiful veterans statue? Thanks for sharing !
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Thank you for posting. I never knew there was a stone bridge leading out to a boat house in Centre Harbor. I'll have to check out photos looking up towards town that I have.
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Thank you for taking the time to post these. It is hard to imagine how pristine the lake was in the early days. We are all fortunate to enjoy our beautiful playground.
Agree on the thanks, but perhaps not the pristine thought. Look at the smoke belching from the Mount and Lady in the pictures, a lot of the clear cutting in the backgrounds, etc. Some day take a look at the history billboards near Back Bay in Wolfeboro. Based on much of the history I've read, I would not be surprised to learn that the lake is now more pristine than it might have been during the times shown in these photos.

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Thank you for posting. I never knew there was a stone bridge leading out to a boat house in Centre Harbor. I'll have to check out photos looking up towards town that I have.
Look at aerial images (Google, Bing, or whatever else you prefer) of Half Mile Island and the island between Half Mile and shore.
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Look at aerial images (Google, Bing, or whatever else you prefer) of Half Mile Island and the island between Half Mile and shore.
Yes, thanks shore things. I am aware of the stone bridge that leads from the shore to half mile as our cottage is directly across from 1/2 mile and I have visited that area for over 50 years. But, the bridge is leading to a boathouse in the picture. What happened to the island? Photoshopped the island out and the boathouse in?
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Yes, thanks shore things. I am aware of the stone bridge that leads from the shore to half mile as our cottage is directly across from 1/2 mile and I have visited that area for over 50 years. But, the bridge is leading to a boathouse in the picture. What happened to the island? Photoshopped the ockout and the boathouse in?
Look at Google Maps of Center Harbor. Just behind the Canoe Restaurant I believe you will see the foundation of where the dock ("bridge") and boat house once stood under the water.
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Thanks Just Sold. I can see something there that seems to be rectangular in shape. Google maps hasn't updated their maps in the northern part of the lake yet, so its hard to see on real close-views. But I think you are right. Wonder what happened to the boathouse? Might be an interesting shallow dive spot.
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The statue sure was beautiful. I wondered the same thing myself and a little searching on the web yielded the following:

"....the statue, which was dedicated in 1894 in honor of Laommi Bean, a Weirs Beach farmer who was killed in the Civil War. Today, the sign is long gone, and the statue was struck by lightning and destroyed in 1931."
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According to the History page on the NHVA:

1894 A beautiful civil War Soldier statue and water trough in honor of Laommi Bean of the 8th Regiment was erected at the base of New Hampshire Ave.

1931 A lightning strike destroyed the Civil War Soldier statue and water trough


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Agree on the thanks, but perhaps not the pristine thought. Look at the smoke belching from the Mount and Lady in the pictures, a lot of the clear cutting in the backgrounds, etc. Some day take a look at the history billboards near Back Bay in Wolfeboro. Based on much of the history I've ready, I would not be surprised to learn that the lake is now more pristine than it might have been during the times shown in these photos.
We spent a lot of money improving the quality of the Lake. I hope it did some good. I believe there was an asbestos factory in Meredith that dumped the stuff into the bay, and it lies there today encapsulated in mud. We don't do that stuff anymore.
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Those are great pictures! It makes me sort of wish I was around in those times...the huge Inn in Center Harbor was just amazing! I sure wish these old places were still around...Just seeing everyone getting ready to off load at Bear Island is quite a sight, too! I can just imagine the thrill of knowing that your journey had finally come to fruition...Ah, the slower, laid back days...
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Those are great pictures! It makes me sort of wish I was around in those times...the huge Inn in Center Harbor was just amazing! I sure wish these old places were still around...Just seeing everyone getting ready to off load at Bear Island is quite a sight, too! I can just imagine the thrill of knowing that your journey had finally come to fruition...Ah, the slower, laid back days...
Amatex. Where mills falls is now. They made asbestos cloth or some such thing. The guys used to leave the factory covered in white dust.

I worked at the Tulsa gas on the corner during high school

Many years ago, like in 1967, we stopped at an asbestos mine in Canada and I brought back a piece for school.

Good times.
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Can someone tell me about the castle?

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Try this site for starters. Lots of information out there.
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Lots of photos and postcards of the Castle on Photopost http://www.winnipesaukee.com/photopo...=11482&cpage=1
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Thanks Tally and Dude--wish I were a millionaire and could purchase and rehab such a beautiful property!

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Fantastic photo's, Thanks for posting.
The photo's of the old Mount Washington at the Weirs shows what appears to be Governors Island in the back with a steep slope that is bare with a structure/ house on top. Interesting.
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The structure on Governors Island in the background is the summer residence of the German Ambassador to the US. A distant relative of mine was a caretaker there. I believe there is more information somewhere on this site.

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Very cool. Thanks!
Amazing how mother nature can rebound. I'm sure the property was impressive.
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Thanks for posting these great old pictures. I'm going to check out that Library of Congress website.
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Great picture in Meredith
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Great & classic photos! Thanks for sharing.
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Diver1111, have you found any more photos specifically of the lake area of the Alton/Gilford line area? That would be on the south side of the lake just south of Rattlesnake Island.

Thanks for letting me know either way!
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Sorry I have not. If I did I will post them.
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thanks so much for posting these beautiful pictures.
Loved the one of Bear Island Landing.
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Do you have any additional pictures of the lake primarily in the Sleepers Island, Smith Point area.

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Sorry I do not recall seeing any. However you may want to go to the Library of Congress/LOC website and dig deeper. Quite remarkable what they have online.
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A few more old photos from Center Harbor, not much information and not quite as good in quality as Diver1111's but none the less historical. (I could not check the gallery to see if these are duplicates from anyone else, it appears the gallery index is not functioning.)




This one stated "Leaving Center Harbor 1913".
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isn't it sad that those amazing old hotels are all gone now?
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We never knew that there was, once, such a large hotel in Center Harbor. Very impressive! 🐻
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Barney, did you ever see picture of the old hotels in Wolfeboro? They were also amazing!!
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The Lady of the Lake at Center Harbor

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Weirs Beach Raft And Diving Board Around 1950 (+/-) Right In Front Of Beach


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Amazing photos. I feel certain I've seen some of them in prior strings over the years but never with such clarity.

As a conversation starter I'll sometimes ask someone what they would choose if they had a choice of:

1. Going back in time 100 years and spending a week exploring the Lake Winni region.
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2. Going forward in time 100 years and spending a week exploring the Lake Winni region.

I'd choose to GO BACK in time. What a trip it would be to see the mostly natural lake shores, the towns that have since developed into small cities or resorts, and the little hamlets on the northeast side of the lake that perhaps haven't changed so much in all that time. I'd stay away from the future since maybe I'm afraid of what I'd find.

What would you choose and why?
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Three girls and their pets on the porch at a cabin in Meredith, Summer of 1911. Notice the girl in the center holding the cat, intently watching the dog on the right.

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Center Harbor 1909, waiting for the boat to come. Notice all the ladies dressed in white.

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The pride and joy of the lakes region up until November 9th 1924.





November 9th 1924
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Three girls and their pets on the porch at a cabin in Meredith, Summer of 1911. Notice the girl in the center holding the cat, intently watching the dog on the right.

Of all the photos I've seen in this string and on this site, I think this is my favorite. I love all the landscapes but nothing gets to the heart of the lakes region more than close-ups of real people carrying on in their normal lives. I love the intimacy of this scene and wish there were more like it. This photo was taken 118 years ago yet, through it, I almost feel like I'm there.
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Some of the folks that have been on the lake from when they were born have some amazing pictures from when they were babies.

The best I could do on those types of photos would be of the Concord and Merrimack Rivers before we found the big lakes.
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I also love this photo...

Look at their shoes!!!
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Look at their shoes!!!

Forget the shoes .......... check out those cuffs on the slacks
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(Writer was from this area).



I met the author last Patriots Day. He was giving a talk about his experiences before during and after the war. Wonderful gentleman and a very interesting read!


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With the jeans and scarf she's right in style for 2019, but there's not a lot of girls who were wearing jeans in those days.
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Photo taken from the Dell-O Lodge in Alton. See this thread from Mcdude for more images of the lodge itself. Look at those old cars.


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These are fabulous! Oh, to go back and see the lake at that time. Thank you for sharing.
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In the very first post in this thread by diver1111 and first photo, does anyone know what that little thing is that I pointed out with a red arrow.

Only thing I can come up with is some sort of illuminated navigation aide, anyone know for sure what that is/was.


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That's s a structure around 10' tall. Kinda of large for a nav aid.

Maybe an outhouse...Although it's built over the water.
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looks more like a ticket booth of some sort
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Here's a little closer look. Yes, maybe a booth. Looks like the top facing square might be a hinged door/dutch window?
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How these individuals are dressed just makes me sweat looking at the photos!


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Thanks for the close up. If the lady is 5' tall, this structure could be 15' tall. I agree with a vending or ticket booth of some sort, but I would have expected signage. Perhaps a panel or two fold down and there is signage on the inside?
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Perhaps the structure is related to the Bear Island House, the hotel located up the road from the dock area. Note the luggage aboard the Mount Washington. 🐻
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Thanks everyone, I guess its not just me now wondering what the hell is there.

I only thought of it being a navigation aide of that size due to the fact is was probably not operated by electricity. Maybe some sort of lantern and translucent windows, dare I same some sort of light house. Ticket booth is also a possibility too.


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I think a light house would be located so it was visible from all directions.
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Just wondering??? does it have anything to do with the "Mail" from back then before they had an actual mail boat. Keep in mind that photo is probably over a 100 years old.
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Default Another picture of the landing.

Another picture of the landing. Not the same quality and a little distorted. But this time looking into the landing. Note if you look closely you can see thru the building. 113 years ago. (Can anyone make out the text on the sign inside seems one word is "Picnic" maybe)

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Another picture of the landing. Not the same quality and a little distorted. But this time looking into the landing. Note if you look closely you can see thru the building. 113 years ago. (Can anyone make out the text inside
seems one word is "Picnic" maybe)
I get the following on my cellphone:

"Excursion to Picnic Parties"

...not sure about the last word...
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Thank you. I think you are right .... ,,,,,,,,, maybe parties .
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Does anyone know where this place (was/is) on the lake. Is that red hill in the background? I don't have a date on the card at the moment. At very first glance it looks like the dock at silver sands minus the little shack at the end of the dock. I can't help but think this is closer to Center Harbor

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Where is is gal hanging out?

The better question is why does it look like she has three legs?


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Maybe this answers both questions.

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Does anyone know where this place (was/is) on the lake. Is that red hill in the background? I don't have a date on the card at the moment. At very first glance it looks like the dock at silver sands minus the little shack at the end of the dock. I can't help but think this is closer to Center Harbor

Possibly Camp Lawrence on Bear Island, which faces towards the Broads.. Looks like a season area off the end of the dock to the right. The structure could be a lifeguard tower. The Camp had a similar structure when I went there in the 50's.

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Possibly Camp Lawrence on Bear Island, which faces towards the Broads.. Looks like a season area off the end of the dock to the right. The structure could be a lifeguard tower. The Camp had a similar structure when I went there in the 50's.

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The only land mass near the waterfront area on the east side of the camp is Dollar Island which is much smaller than the land seen is this photo. 🐻
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The only land mass near the waterfront area on the east side of the camp is Dollar Island which is much smaller than the land seen is this photo. 🐻
Back when the picture was taken, you got more from your Dollar than you do now.

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Possibly Camp Lawrence on Bear Island, which faces towards the Broads.. Looks like a season area off the end of the dock to the right. The structure could be a lifeguard tower. The Camp had a similar structure when I went there in the 50's.

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You can see Elkins boathouse in the middle of the picture and the Bald Peak Colony Club beach on the right. That’s the Ossipee mountains including Mt. Shaw and Bald Knob.
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Maybe this answers both questions.

Not quit it answers one but not the "third leg" lol. If you look at the shoes the leg of the unseen person is different from the boots the man is wearing when he has the woman on his back.
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Upon enlarging the photo, it appears that the person behind the lady is another lady. 🐻
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Not to mention, the "third leg" isn't wearing black boots!
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Not to mention, the "third leg" isn't wearing black boots!
Very good catch on the different shoes / boots.
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Very good catch on the different shoes / boots.
Hey I said it two posts before JEEP.


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@ joey2665 I'm sorry but I can not give you any credit for your reply. It appears that you had made a spelling error on one of your replies and therefore all your replies are totally and completely unacceptable.

However you can get make up points and extra credit monies by answering the following image question correctly.



Sorry actually I missed seeing your answer, but I'm glad you were checking out these old random photos from the lake region area.
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Does anyone know where this place (was/is) on the lake. Is that red hill in the background? I don't have a date on the card at the moment. At very first glance it looks like the dock at silver sands minus the little shack at the end of the dock. I can't help but think this is closer to Center Harbor

Thanks everyone who has tried to solve my mystery question. Just wanted to mention I have an approximate date on the photo. It appears to be before, August of 1940. Notice the dock has no posts to tie a boat to like most conventional docks. Was it a floating dock? No other clues on the back side of the card. Maybe I can locate the location by comparing images at certain locations.

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Yup, you did. Good find! Guess I got sidetracked by Barney Bear's comment.
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Winona Shores in Meredith




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As I looked more closely at this diving board I see a very large black inflatable raft that the whole affair sits on. Looks like dead ringer for the one I found out in Weirs Bay a few years ago. I dove it and filmed it as usual and posted it some time ago..

It could well be the same one I found or at least made by the same company. What I found out there was the largest rubber raft I've ever seen-at least 25 feet long minimum and to this day I remain curious about what it was originally used for and of course, how it ended up way offshore.

It had big steel rectangular handles on it and I estimate the side tube diameter when it was inflated to be easily 3 feet.

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Regarding the picture of the floating dock. I believe it is taken near the shore next to One mile island. A rock outcrop on the right might be Little One mile and the “shoreline” on the left to be Half-Mile Island. The Danes had and still have shore property in that area and a large floating dock would have been within their means. One other thing, is the boathouse on the opposite shore directly in the center of the picture might be Colonial Pines Resort.


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Thank you .. very much.....

Is this where you think this is on the lake from the mystery dock? There are two of them that look somewhat the same but they would almost have the same visual vantage point so to speak from the mystery dock . I have some old post cards somewhere of that location somewhere. I know that what I have written is not clear. But if we are thinking the same ... you may have solved my little mystery. I would have to cut and paste a little cut out from a map to compare where I think it was years ago but am a little tired from a long day and a late supper.

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Before going to bed ??????? one of two of them that look almost the same.



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That photo is definitely Lexington Drive (O'Shea's Industrial Park).
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