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Friday, February 19. 2016
My grandfather's first wife grew up in this wonderful farmhouse in New Hampshire. Her name was Mabel Porter, but I don't know what town this was in. I don't know the age of the photo either. She died childless of leukemia shortly after her marriage so she is not really an ancestor.
Grandpa grew up on a farm in northern Connecticut, but became a bit of a dandy and a prominent cardiologist and found a second wife after a while but my guess is that Mabel was his true love (Run-on sentence). Her name was never mentioned after she died, and he always called his second wife "Mother." He focused only on his work.
Grandma was a farm girl from Norwalk, Connecticut who became a teacher of immigrant schoolkids in Brooklyn. Mostly Jewish immigrants, she told me, but some Irish and Italian. They all had lice. Gramps met her when she was doing summer work at a resort he liked in Rhode Island. She bore Grandpa 2 very smart kids.
Trees are the classic New England streetfront vase-shaped Elms, now, alas, mostly gone due to the blight. The Maggie's HQ has some architectural similarities.
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DH and I once lived in San Francisco for a time. We rented a "rent controlled" house. When DH received a job offer out of state for a year, we sublet the house furnished with our furnishings. We packed only what we could put in a tiny tow behind trailer. We rented to a man who had been referred to us by a bank manager at our local B of A branch bank. He was introduced as being an "international banker" from Spain brought in by B of A on a year long exchange program. We checked with the "HR" number on the back of his B of A bushiness card and his employment was confirmed. We packed off and drove out of state. Two months later we found out that two days after we left a large moving van had pulled up to our house and emptied the house of EVERYTHING. The clean out was done in less than an hour. There were about 6 men and the SFO police department tells us we were the 4th victim. I say all of this so you understand these men did not stand in a room and point out what they were going to take and what they were going to leave behind. NO NO NO. They go in throw everything in boxes and LEAVE NOTHING BEHIND. It's all done in 45 minutes. My reason for mentioning all of this this evening is so that you can understand the deep and lasting heartbreak of knowing that my family's cherished photo album--the only album. The album that came to me just three months before we left. The album that I packed neatly in a secure box and set on the shelves in the basement. That box was also stolen. Along with of course the doll my father brought home from Belgium after he got out of the hospital after being in German POW camp for 3 years. He came home with a beautiful doll that I cherished--never played with--the Spanish gang took that too. You see as the police so clearly explained to me--the reason they can't find anything is because these people go into a house TAKE EVERY THING. Drive to a warehouse and sort things out. Some stuff goes to the Saturday Flea Market; some things go to an antiques dealer; some things go to another town for resale as used furniture or appliances. My photo album with photos from the late 1800's went to the garbage dump. My doll--probably to a doll collector. Yeah--I just feel so good about America today.
That's so sad, I know it doesn't mean much, but I'm so sorry.
I am one of those people who frequent yard sales and flea markets and buy up those old pictures -- I have hundreds of old pictures of people I don't know and aren't marked so I couldn't even find out.
I always wondered, why would these pictures - a lot of them posed, some of them tin types, be at a flea market, wouldn't there be ancestors who want to know or see what their relatives looked like, and what they wrote to each other?
Wonder if you would have basis for a lawsuit against Bank of America. Wouldn't get your photos back, but would be something.
Guessing a prosperous town center, heading out of town. Try Haverhill or Wolfeboro.
A very beautiful home! I was fortunate to visit the New England area years ago and found the architecture of your homes to be very beautiful.
I do have a question on American building; as I understand it, the majority of American homes are wood framed, generally built on concrete foundations or on wood pillars with an open area of about 2-feet between the floor and ground.
I'm curious why there are so few brick or stone homes. Especially with the hard winters you get or the extreme weather we see in Texas or Florida. It would seem a good stone house would be better insulated and more resistant against weather and insects. When I lived in California, brick homes were the exception and I came to learn the brick was only a façade, not a full brick on brick construction.
Almost all German homes are stone construction. Foundations and first floor ceilings are concrete to both insulate and provide sound deadening. Our exterior walls are made of a type insulated cinderblock which are anywhere from 36-37cm thick, and then plastered on the exterior similar to your stucco. There are actually two types of exterior wall stone; aerated concrete called Ytong and Hochlochziegel which is a fired clay. Interior walls are also the ytong type material about 12-16cm thick which area easily carved into to allow plumbing and electrical wiring. With the exception of the roof construction, there is almost no wood in modern homes today.
Heating is generally with room radiators (as found in older American homes) however floor heating is becoming more popular. This is where plastic tubing is embedded into another layer of concrete on top of the foundation slab.
Windows are thermal. Usually at least two layers thick. They are also double hinged, meaning one can open the window as you would a door (on the horizontal axis) or by rotating the handle up another 90°, the window hinges at the bottom to allow the window to tilt inwards allowing air circulation.
Built into and above the window frame is a system called rollladen (similar to the roll-up garage doors) which cover the windows from the outside. This provides two things; insulation and security as they cannot be opened from the outside by burglars as they are secured within a steel framed track. They are operated either manual or electrically driven. With the window tiled open and the rolladen partially closed at night we can get air circulation and still provided security.
Our exterior doors are metal, and set into steel frames with a locking system that has bolts which extend into at least three to four places along the left and right edges (like a bank valut door) when the door handle is operated. Suffice to say it is virtually impossible to kick in these doors.
Unlike American homes; which typically use shingles of either wood or asphalt, all German homes use tile roofing, basically an all weather version of Spanish tiles, but flatter, which interlock with each other so they can't be blown off the roof even in high winds.
Many German homes which survived the war, are over 500-years old and are still standing and inhabited. Known as "fachwerk" construction this is timber and stone. Most have been updated with modern heating and windows. Some even have double windows for better insulation; inner windows and outer windows. These homes fall under a legal protection known as "denkmalschutz" or monument protection. This ensures the owners may not make any changes to the exterior that would change the character of the home or structure and to preserve our heritage.
I have included some links to the construction materials and methods we use here you may find interesting. Some are in German, a few are in English. :-)
Building stones - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autoclaved_aerated_concrete
Windows & Rolladen -
How to operate doors, windows and rolladen (an American perspective) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCudaPpwoAM
Exterior doors - http://www.fensterversand.com/haustueren.php
Roof tiles - http://www.dachziegel.de/index.php?id=66&L=0&h=1&m=
Floor heating - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrWdQXUNi80
Modern Fachwerkhäuser - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ygI-o_-lrE
Yes, very little stone or brick construction in rural New England in the 1600s and 1700s.
I think it was cost.
More in the southern US
It is quite regional. Lots of brick in Williamsburg, for example.
For some interesting background on how that developed, I recommend David Hackett Fischer"s Albion's Seed which is very thorough about the cultures which settled the Eastern Seaboard of America, and how they differed in class, attitude to death, marriage, and work, domestic architecture, food, religion... One of the books which has influenced me most.
BTW, BD, that looks like a church roof in the background. Might help narrow it down.
Thank you Karl Horst for the detailed summary of the building materials. It will be useful for us when we build our little cabin in the mountains !
I recently finished "Over the Earth I Come" by Duane Schultz about the Sioux uprising of 1862, very interesting. I will have to look for Albion's Seed. Thank you for the recommendation.
Gruß - Karl
Reminds me of the style of homes one might see in Cavendish, VT. Some very good looking homes of the same vintage and architectural design in that town. It also happens to be the town that Alexander Solzhenitsyn moved to when he was exiled from the Soviet Union. I used to spend every winter in nearby Proctorsville (actually part of the township of Cavendish I believe), so the look and style of the homes is very memorable.
Queen Anne with elements of gothic revival. Going to guess around the turn of the 20th c.