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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Springfield Technical High School - Springfield, Massachusetts


Here are some postcard views of the former Springfield (Mass) Technical High School.   Built in 1905 on Elliot Street, it served the city for some 81 years before it was closed in 1986.



This above is was postmarked June 1910, probably sent as a keepsake of a graduation ceremony.



Here above is from 1915.  On the back a lady named Marion (?) wrote "We had a very nice trip up and the graduation was a very pretty one well worth seeing.   We went to Forrest Park here to-day.  It is a lovely big park with all sorts of amusements for children..."


Above is postmarked October 1912, with male figures drawn in front of the building.  A student wrote this at what must have been the beginning of the school year, "School in here is quite different.  I like it very much."  He writes to a lady in Monson, Mass.



The building had a capacity of 900 students.  When it closed in 1986, this school as well as Classical High School were joined together in a new school far away from downtown, but still called Central High School.  Perhaps Technical High School's most famous grads were Ernest "Bunny" Taliaferro, its greatest athlete; and Congressman Richard E. Neal.

Most of the building has been torn down, but the front section is used as the facade for the Springfield Data Center, a modern building constructed behind it.

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Jacqueline T. Lynch is the author of The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts - A Northern Factory Town's Perspective on the Civil War;   Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, HolyokeMassachusetts;   States of Mind: New England; as well as books on classic films and several novels. Her latest book is Christmas in Classic Films. TO JOIN HER READERS' GROUP - follow this link for a free book as a thank-you for joining.



Tuesday, January 17, 2023

View of Mt. Holyoke from the Connecticut River railroad bridge


 

A vew of Mt. Holyoke in South Hadley, Massachusetts, from the Connecticut River on this postcard "New England Views on Boston & Maine R.R."  The photo was probably taken from the Willimansett truss railroad bridge across the river from Chicopee to Holyoke, pictured in the postcard below.



The railroad truss bridge is on the left, and was later replaced by a deck plate girder bridge.

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Jacqueline T. Lynch is the author of The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts - A Northern Factory Town's Perspective on the Civil War;   Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, HolyokeMassachusetts;   States of Mind: New England; as well as books on classic films and several novels. Her latest book is Christmas in Classic Films. TO JOIN HER READERS' GROUP - follow this link for a free book as a thank-you for joining.


Tuesday, January 10, 2023

First Baptist Church - Springfield, Massachusetts


Here are two postcard views of the First Baptist Church of Springfield, Massachusetts.  They are from 1907 and 1908.  The Romanesque building is the fourth church used by this congregation and stood on the corner of State and Spring streets.



The church was used for nearly 20 years, then the congregation merged with the Highland Baptist Church (whose own building on Stebbins Street burned down in 1906) becoming First-Highland Baptist for a time, and afterwards the building was sold and became St. Paul's Universalist Church.  It no longer exists, replaced by a parking garage.

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Jacqueline T. Lynch is the author of The Ames Manufacturing Company of Chicopee, Massachusetts - A Northern Factory Town's Perspective on the Civil War;   Comedy and Tragedy on the Mountain: 70 Years of Summer Theatre on Mt. Tom, HolyokeMassachusetts;   States of Mind: New England; as well as books on classic films and several novels. Her latest book is Christmas in Classic Films. TO JOIN HER READERS' GROUP - follow this link for a free book as a thank-you for joining.

Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Nonotuck to Roger Smith to Holyoke House - Holyoke, Massachusetts


The Nonotuck Hotel, pictured in this 1919 postcard, opened in 1915 on the corner of Suffolk and Maple streets.  It later became the Roger Smith Hotel, part of the chain of hotels that began in Connecticut in 1928.  This one in Holyoke joined the chain and changed its name in 1937.  (The chain no longer exists - there is only one Roger Smith Hotel remaining in Manhattan.)


By the 1960s, the Roger Smith in Holyoke became The Holyoke House.  The building was sold at auction in 2014.

photo by JT Lynch


photo by JT Lynch




 

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Gift ideas for the book lovers on your list!

 


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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Christmas in Classic Films - new book

 


Announcing my newest book - CHRISTMAS IN CLASSIC FILMSPurchase your copy today for the holidays from Amazon in either eBook or print here.


Christmas turns everyone who celebrates it into a classic film fan—at least for that special season.

The average person, unlike devoted classic film fans, may not recognize images of Clark Gable or know who James Wong Howe was, or be able to tell you why 1939 was such a spectacular year for films.  But when yuletide rolls around, they rejoice with Miracle on 34th Street, It’s a Wonderful Life, and of course, White Christmas.

We find a vast treasure of Christmas scenes in films that were never meant to be “Christmas movies” but which are now part of the holiday canon, and this collection of essays spotlighting Christmas in classic films brings you all the warmth and memories that have become as dear a custom as decorating your home and holiday baking.  You may even have one of these movies on in the background when you’re writing out your Christmas cards.

Unwrap this package and relive the moments and discover Christmas nostalgia anew, from Cary Grant’s mysterious angel in The Bishop’s Wife to poor Ralphie pining for a Red Ryder BB-gun in A Christmas Story. 

There’s lots more here waiting for you under the tree.

Thursday, September 1, 2022

Where it happens...THE IRON LUNG MYSTERY


This is a map of the Boston area circa 1950.  No Mass Turnpike, no "Big Dig" (a decades-long construction project for those of you not familiar) and just a few markings I've put on to give readers a frame of reference when it comes to the meanderings of Juliet and Elmer in this, their latest adventure.

The green circles mark places visited and described in the story, from the towns of Milton and Melrose, to the Boston Common, to the sites of the drive-in movie and drive-in burger joint.  The red arrows point to locations in the novel that are off the map:  Vaughn Monroe's nightclub The Meadows, and the one pointing out to sea refers to a ferry voyage.

One need not be familiar with Boston or 1951 New England to enjoy the story, but sometimes a little visual aid helps.




The Iron Lung Mystery
 is now for sale in eBook form.  See this link to get your copy.  The novel will debut at 99 cents for two days only; then will increase to $1.99 on Saturday, September 6th for two days; and then on Monday, September 8th, it will be raised to its regular price of $2.99, so get in early to save some dough.  The eBook will be sold exclusively through Amazon for the first three months, then it will be available through several other online shops.

The print book version will follow later in September and will sell at its regular price of $9.99.

I'm looking forward to sharing this nostalgic mystery story with you.

 
 

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