Then and Now: Long-Ago Lynnfield Photography
This week - a 119-year old photo from Bow Ridge Reservation.
Anybody who's done some hiking up in the Bow Ridge Reservation of Lynnfield is familiar with the large boulders that dot the landscape, and which can be spotted at times from Route 1 looking up toward the power lines.
This particular image is a "Magic Lantern" glass slide, dated 1894. The Magic Lantern was a slide projection device that has a fairly interesting Wikipedia page. Several people in the 119-year old image stand around one of the glacial erratics that have been there since the last ice age ended. That year there was apparently snow on the ground by December 1st.
In September of 2011, I actually ran a look at some of these boulders on the website as well, since Bow Ridge is somewhat comparable to the Agassiz Rock site located further up 128 toward Manchester. I've probably got a photo of this exact same boulder from 1894 sitting around somewhere on the computer.
On another photo expedition, this character - dubbed "The Old Man of Lynnfield," suddenly emerged from the landscape. A t-shirt stand can't be far off.
Along with terrific photo opportunities, there's more than 300 years of recorded history up in that area, which was also well-traveled for centuries by local Indians.
Another image that came up a while back on this website recalls another idyllic afternoon spent in town a century ago at a place called Robin Rock, less than a quarter of a mile away from this area at the former Kallenberg Quarry. You can see more of the old quarry in this photo gallery and also the (1990s?) skull mural that's up there.
While checking this seller's items out, I came across one other Magic Lantern slide showing a glacial erratic. And it's marked as being from Peabody, Mass. - but if you've been hiking more than once or twice in Bow Ridge Reservation over the years, tell me that it doesn't look like there's a century-old mistake where this thing was really taken in Lynnfield. If anyone knows where in Peabody this spot might be, please let me know.