CHS on Instagram

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.

If you have an Instagram account, you can follow us @charlemonthistorical. For those of you who don’t have an Instagram account, you can view our posts on the Instagram website.

 

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

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Charlemont High School Class of 1921. #charlemontmassachusetts #photograph #classpicture #1920s #graduates #westernmass #westernma #historicalsociety A photo posted by Charlemont Historical Society (@charlemonthistorical) on

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