Tuesday, August 18, 2009

more old postcards of Haverhill

I found a few more old postcards of Haverhill today. Thought they would bring back memories for some of you. The first is an old postcard of Haverhill High School. My Mom was class of 1939, Dad was class of 1941, Roger was class of 19??, Uncle Arthur must have been about 1946 (?) and Uncle Ed about 1951 (?). What class were you, Marion? I bet there are lots of memories out there of things that went on in high school back then...any that anyone dares to share???

This is the Haverhill-Bradford bridge. I remember walking from Aunt Helen's house in Bradford across the bridge with Grammy Smith to pay (in person) some of Aunt Helen's bills in Haverhill. I think it was when Aunt Helen was sick but can't remember the year. I think some of you may have walked to high school across this bridge???

Ant the last postcard: Merrimack St. in Haverhill in 1906.

Hope to read some interesting comments about some of these photos!


  1. Ibelieve the 2nd one was taken looking west from White's Corner. In the far right distance you can see the bend of Washington Sq. and Washington st. At this time shoe shops lined both sides of Washington St.Haverhill was known as the Queen slipper city, being a leading shoe maker. Mom

  2. i often told my children how i walked 2 mi. over a bridge with no long slacks (froze in winter) a bus made the rounds for a nickle which i would rather spend on a candy bar for lunch!! later found the walk was only 3/4 of a mi. but twice a day!a.marion

  3. That bridge was a central part of our life, crossing it to go High school, and to go shopping on Merrimack St.(our downtown).In the winter, woodwn blinds would be put up to cut out some of the wind from the river,we still froze. Everyone walked, so few people had the luxury of a car. Mom

  4. Correction on the 1st picture: Washington st. (not Washington Sq.) is in back of the R.R. tracks.In front of the tracks (not shown) ia Railroad Sq. Mom

  5. good old blue & gold! and the thinker. subject of many quiz shows!! good times & good froends were made there. just got a request on from 2 facebook former students. it's a small world a. marion

  6. Lucky you Mation, hving no nickel (depression) Iwent all day with nithing (8 to 1:30), My best freind ,Norma Berry always had a nickel, and would give me a bite of her candy bar. Mom

  7. What a sad story, Mom. Kids today don't often realize how lucky they are!

  8. Across the street (Summer St) was the fence you see which bordered the old Pentucket Club. This was a rather exclusive club. -Roger

  9. Cheryl:

    To attempt to answer some of your questions.

    I was in the graduating class of 1938 and there were roughly 560 graduates.

    The first picture of the three cement buildings show the Hamel Leather Co. owned by Louis Hamel who lived on So. Main St., across from the George Cogswell school on the corner of Kingsbury Ave. The other side of Kingsbury Ave. abutted Bradford Jr. College.
    I attended all five grades in this school and walked back and forth three times a day from my house on Chadwick street.
    The picture was taken from the north end of the B and M station looking down what I beleive was Essex St. ( looking across the tracks) towards Washington Square. Mr. Hamel's home was a large pretentious home as I recall. -Roger