Well my friends, it’s now December and except for those in Texas who might be seeing some color in the hills, its pretty bare here. I decided to go back through some of my collection of Yankee Magazines.
I picked the 1968 Oct issue and I just enjoyed reading the advertisements, items to be swopped and articles about the way New England was. As most of you know I was Yankee’s first fall foliage blogger but my association with them goes back to my childhood. The images in the magazines were some of my favorite views of New England.
I thought I’d read a few of the things I found in this 1968 fall issue, I was nine years old. What were you doing?
What was Swopping in Oct 1968?
- How about complete outfits for Barbie, Skipper and Ken, they are looking for large antique buttons.
- Someone had a John F. Kennedy commemorative medallion solid bronze to swop for good milk can or 10 merchants trade tokens.. (Don’t ask me I don’t know what those are either…)
- And last was, someone had an old spinning wheel and small iron banks. wanted, a dinner set of Grandmother’s day china with big rose pattern…
Advertisements in 1968
- The Vermont Country store in Weston and Rockingham VT was telling folks they are open every weekday year round But! closed on Sundays… That sure has changed… They are open 7 days a week… Is this better?
- Raise Quality Chinchillas – There was an apparent need for Chinchilla ranchers… 🙂 Yup I want to see them being driven down Main street… How about chinchilla rustlers… Or better yet! John Wayne telling how he won the west by raising chinchillas… That would have made for interesting western movies…
- How about a Colonial Occasional Table only $26.95 postpaid with maple legs and a pine top, I just looked, they are still in Cohasset Mass (http://www.cohassetcolonials.com/catalog/browse/small-tables/) and I don’t see the occasional table but all the ones they do have cost $382 – $662… (Seems costs have gone up a bit… 🙂
Articles were interesting also! (these are a synopsis only)
- There was a gentleman (Avery Colby) who had some land and buildings in Maine for sale. There was a house and barns and a mill, yes a running mill and several ponds. How much? Well Mr. Avery wants to see how much people will offer then he’ll dicker with them…
- Another was about the stone markers in Chester and Auburn NH. These old stone markers were the olden day equivalent of a GPS point. Maps would reference these markers and at the end of Pembroke street says 1793 – 19 to C.M.H. 35 to H. 6M to C. Pembroke D.K. Which is deciphered as 6 miles to Concord. H. stood for Haverhill and the rest you’ll have to get a copy of the article and read about it. But in short there are 10 or more of these stone markers and they all point to different streets or locations that were around in the 1700s
- Another article on Rhode Island and its many points of interest from the Barrington 1888 Town Hall down to the waterfront where the wharves and warehouses carry on for quite a ways. It suggests you drive north on 102 and tells how it curves through the country side and everywhere there are views of rolling hills and church spires piercing stands of dense trees.
- A note says that in October in Swansea MA, the 16th annual Olde White Church Fair will be held (this would have been the 61st annual this year if still going on) 🙂
- There is a pictorial section (in B&W) with an image of Dublin lake (taken by Robb Sagendorph) A beautiful maple in Lincoln VT. (Even in B&W I can see that the leaves are a beautiful golden color)
- An article about AMOSKEAG, which was the last of the great New England Mills. They talk about the important role in history and New England the mills played in the early years of building New England and America.
Also an article about the “old sand farm”. This caught my attention because I just went to the Dessert of Maine this early fall. I was interested to see how it lined up with the historical talk given to us by our driver on the tour.
- Then an article about finding old 17 century homes in Salem that had been misplaced and found by Mrs. Robert Reardon. I know some of these places and have driven by them myself.
- In the center of the magazine is the only color pages. An article about Mount Monadnock and all of the folks from Rudyard Kipling to Mark Twain to Thoreau who visited there, and wrote about this “most beloved hill of resistant rock”. The nearest neighbors to Monadnock are Mount Washington, mounts Kearsarge, Moosilauke and Lafayette and in VT you have Mount Ascutney and the Greens.
Well there are many more things to read in just this one issue and I could go on through the night. 🙂 There are many more articles talking about the people, places and New England creativity and ingenuity.
If you enjoyed this at all let me know and maybe I’ll crack open another issue and tell you what I found from another fall season through the eyes of Yankee Magazine and New England life experiences.
Jeff “Foliage” Folger
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