Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Mother, Early 1940's, Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

On the Mail Boat


Original Photograph from Archives

18 comments:

  1. Wow, Muffy... She's beautiful !

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  2. Reminds me of the mail boat scene in "On Golden Pond", our family's perennial favorite summertime movie.

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    1. "Someone's at the door! It's me you old poop."
      "But you're right about me. I am fascinating."
      "What are you a couple of nitwits? You think it's funny getting old? My whole damn body is falling apart but I can take on both you punks! Norman!"
      "Ethel what are you doing here? This is supposed to be a secret fishing spot. Lucky guess!"
      "A couple of people? No. A couple of antelope. Of course a couple of people!"
      "You like that word, 'bull***t.' Yeah. It's a good word."
      "Ethel Thayer. Thounds like I'm lithping doesn't it?"
      "Wanna dance? Or would you rather just suck face?"

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    2. Anon@10:35, you have me cracking up right now! You have those lines so down pat which makes me want to watch the movie ASAP! And now, I will think of Muffie's mother when I do!

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    3. Classic lines from a classic film! Forever a favorite right up there with "The Trouble With Harry"! Still my favorite movie of all time! PA

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    4. I watched it last night. The first time I saw it they acted like my parents, now I see my husband and me! Our cottage has remained pretty much the same since my grand-dad built it in the late 1940's, but our small lake in Northern Michigan is also dotted with McMansions with multiple docks (excuse me, dock systems!), PWC's, and boats far too large and fast for the lake. I'm hoping our kids will value the memories like I do more than the property. cheers!

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    5. @ PA
      I watched The Trouble with Harry last night based on your comment. I loved it. Any other suggestions?

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    6. Yes, thank you @PA for the suggestion! I looked it up on Amazon and knew from the reviews that I would be intrigued so I ordered it to add to my collection. Can't wait to watch it!

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  3. I jumped into Lake Winnipesaukee for the first time at age 10 in June 1989. It was the first time I had swam in fresh water. I still remember the greenish hue of the water as I looked skyward upon resurfacing. Although I visit another New Hampshire lake now I haven't missed a summer. Those lakes are my spirit's home.

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  4. Too bad Winnipesaukee doesn't look like that now. Now all you see are the McMansions along the shore, and the cigarette boats and jetskis on the water.

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    1. Agreed. It's a shame the way the human ego has taken God's creation and destroyed the peace and tranquility it once offered. Instead of understated cabins and camps hidden in the woods, today it is fashionable to clear cut the trees and erect enormous monuments to ourselves, as if to announce "look at me!" It's shameful.

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    2. Well spoken, Anon@1:23!

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    3. Yes. The same thing happened to our old family camp, ca. 1915, originally set unobtrusively behind ancient pines on Fourth Lake (Fulton Chain of Lakes) in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Our parents unwisely sold it in 1973 -- with all of its furnishings and assets: Mission and antique oak, wicker & rattan furniture, iron bedsteads, vintage chintz curtains, original lighting fixtures (OK - maybe now dangerous but could be fixed), garage, woodhouse, boathouse with small dock, large main dock, desirable wide, level lake frontage. I, and my siblings -- all too young to effectively stop them from selling at the time -- still miss it so much to this day. We had such happy cherished summer memories at that place, and currently realize its (now lost) worth because of its historic value, plus its personal, memorable value to our family. What a huge, regrettable pity that they sold it out of our family. It has since been torn down, and some sort of horrid huge ship's prow/A-frame/mega-mansion has been erected in its place.

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  5. This lady is absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing these photos.

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  6. Your dockside photos brought back memories of our place at Candlewood Lake, CT from the late 50's to the late 70's (parents sold the place). Even now, so many years later, on a Friday night I think of taking off for the lake, LL Bean bags filled with food and clothes, then piling into the boat and flying across the lake to our summer home. Thanks for the memories. Your mom looks lovely! AnnZ, Northern VA

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