The first image.
We have an archive of sorts at The Telegraph. It’s really a loose collection, both digital and in negative form of subjects common to any newspaper. It’s not thorough. It’s not particularly organized. There’s one folder that’s always held my interest and it’s slugged Archive Local History.
Inside are horses and carts, war bond propaganda, trolleys and bowler hats. Stern faces, rows of marchers in parades, bicycles on the muddy and then rural Route 101A. This is where I found this image from the flood of 1936.
The event was devastating to the mills in the city and part of what brought production to a standstill and forced the eventual tech turnaround for the sprawling brick spaces. Or at least what’s left of them.
Thankfully the cutline had a street address. C Street in Nashua crowns between East Hollis Street and the Bridge Street area. I had a hard copy in my hand and walked on a mild winter day towards the lower end of the street thinking the water wouldn’t have creeped all the way up but would have mainly been at the bottom end on the river side. I scanned the print and remaining homes looking for features that would have remained, such as rooflines and dormers, maybe a porch. Sure enough, on the east side of the road, there it was.
And so it begins.