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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Westfield River -- Agawam, Massachusetts



Here are three postcard views of the Westfield River in Agawam, Massachusetts.  They are all published by the Springfield News Company and printed in Germany, as was common in the early twentieth century.  The cards all date from around 1908, and are tinted.

You'll note that on the cards the river is called the Agawam River.  The earliest English settlers to the area named it that for the Agawam tribe that lived in the area, but eventually came to be called the Westfield River.  It begins in the Berkshires and ends in the Connecticut River, forming the boundary between the towns of Agawam and West Springfield.

Despite these idyllic scenes, by the mid-twentieth century the river became terribly polluted, as many of our rivers were through industrial contaminants, but today is clean for swimming, fishing, and its locally famous Westfield River Whitewater Races.

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Railroad and the Mill River in Northampton, Mass.

Here are two views of Northampton, Massachusetts, and the railroad running along the Mill River.  The view is from the South Street Bridge.  The above postcard is a daylight photo, and below we have the same scene artistically tinted for night.  Both cards were published by the Metropolitan News Company in Boston and likely printed in Germany, about 1906.



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