The Charlemont Historical Society is now using Instagram to share highlights from the collection, photos of events, and more. You can see our first posts below.
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Around 1920, before cars had built-in defrosters, “careful drivers” who wanted to avoid icy build-up on insides of their windshields could purchase one of these Clear Vision Sleet Removers, which was created in Charlemont by HS Kilgore & Company. What did such a device look like (other than “neat,” as the box declares)? It was a high-backed metal candle holder that could be affixed to the inside of a car windshield with two built-in suction cups. The high back of the holder would direct heat from a candle onto the windshield, melting away icy patches that prevented drivers from having a good view of the road ahead. (To see one of these devices assembled with a candle, search the online collection at thehenryford.org.) #inventions #automobile #modelt #westernma #westernmass #charlemontmassachusetts #historicalsociety
Charlemont High School Class of 1921. #charlemontmassachusetts #photograph #classpicture #1920s #graduates #westernmass #westernma #historicalsociety A photo posted by Charlemont Historical Society (@charlemonthistorical) on
A Charlemont resident’s ration book and blue point tokens. These items were issued by the US Office of Price Administration (OPA) during World War II. The blue point tokens, marked “OPA,” would have been used to obtain ration coupons. #historicalsociety #wwii #ww2 #worldwar2 #westernmass #westernma #massachusetts
This photo shows the base of an item in the Charleont #historicalsociety collection. What do you think this base supports? #charlemontmassachusetts #wesrernmassachusetts #quiz A photo posted by Charlemont Historical Society (@charlemonthistorical) on
Wells Corner 60th anniversary calendar (1877-1937). The bridge shown on the calendar, known as the Long Bridge, crosses the Deerfield River near the center of Charlemont. Although it was a covered bridge at the time when this calendar was produced, it is not covered today. #westernmass #massachusetts #generalstore #coveredbridge #1937 #1930s #charlemontmassachusetts #charlemontmass A photo posted by Charlemont Historical Society (@charlemonthistorical) on