Monthly Archives: May 2015

Martin’s Motel, Conway, New Hampshire

This is an image of a typical mid-century tourist motel in the New England area. An unusual feature are the lounge chairs outside the doors of the rooms, where parking spaces are normally located.

Pub. by Dick Smith, Photography, P. O. Box X, No. Conway, N. H.

The description states:

MARTIN’S MOTEL

Route 16, 1/2 mile north of Conway, N. H.

Each unit equipped with T.V., individually controlled thermostat, and tiled bathroom with combination tub and shower. Open all year, Frank and Lolly Smith, owners.

Tel. Hickory 7-8966

–The statement ‘open all year’ was necessary in some regions as older tourist camps usually closed when the weather became colder.

The phone number uses the older word description for the first two digits of the phone number. Phones of this era had letters on the dial, starting with 2 through 9, omitting letters Q and Z. The caller would use the first two letters of the word to identify the first two numbers required, in this case HI, which correspond to 44.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.

Chocorua Lake and Mountain, New Hampshire

This image is an early 20th century photo of the natural setting around Chocorua Lake, with Chocorua Mountain in the background. This area is located in central New Hampshire, just outside the southern boundary of the White Mountain National Forest.

Bicknell Mfg. Co., 16 Pitt St. Portland, ME

The description states:

CHOCORUA LAKE AND MOUNTAIN

CHOCORUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE

–This area has been protected from development and looks nearly the same a century later.

This card likely dates from the 1910s.

Presidential Mountain Range, Vermont

This image is taken from a tourist stop in the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire. The Presidential Range is so called because several have been named for U.S. Presidents of the latter 19th and early 20th centuries.

Color Photo by Dick Smith

The description states:

PRESIDENTIAL RANGE IN AUTUMN, FROM THE WHITEFIELD-JEFFERSON AREA OF THE WHITE MOUNTAIN REGION, NEW HAMPSHIRE

Snow on the highest peaks of the White Mountains provides magnificent beauty while fall lingers in the lower woodlands.

— The peaks are actually part of the Green Mountain Range in Vermont, though viewable from the White Mountain range and park near the border in New Hampshire

This postcard was used and is dated 2 September 1966