These photos were sent by Jack Ghiringhelli. Here's what he had
    to say about them.

    This is a picture of the Draper Loom going into the Museum of
    Industrial History (NMIH. org)  in Bethlehem where I am a volunteer.
    It's an XD model manufactured in 1948. It will be a static exhibit
    only. The museum is scheduled to open the beginning of August
    this year. There will be many textile pieces of equipment on display.

    Jack also sent a link to the museum's page of videos. If you're
    interested in machinery from the past, it's well worth a look.

    Here's a image from a site on the London Blitz. This is just a small part of London.
    About 2,000 bombs dropped in the week shown in the graph.  Click here for more.

    Above - Hazel Street, with entrance to the Parklands on the
    left,and a Hopedale-Milford bound stone on the right.

    Right -Dorie's Emporium at Hazel Street and Route 140.

Hopedale in May 2016

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    Beaver-cut tree, about 100 yards downstream
    from the Rustic Bridge. This appears to be an
    older cut than the one shown on the April page.

    The boarding house called the Park
    House was on the corner of Dutcher
    and Freedom streets. After it was torn
    down in May 1937,  the lot was vacant
    for many years. The picture on the right
    shows the house that's there now. Click
    here for more on the Park House and
    Hopedale's other boarding houses.

Milk Street - Boston

    Photos from a Community House
    Women's Club costume ball held in
    the early 1950s. Click here to see
    more pictures from Women's Club
    events in that era.

    I thought some of you would be interested to know that Irwin Engineers is
    looking into the Draper property. Here's a link to the Irwin website.

    I think there are only two towns (maybe three)
    in Massachusetts,  incorporated later than
    Hopedale, and Millville is one of them.

Not called on account of rain - May 4.

Click here to read about the Henry Patrick Store.

    Henry Patrick's store has been gone for fifty years. The site became the
    parking lot seen here, and the building that replaced the store was first
    Rico's Food Center, later converted into a medical office building.

    I wish I could tell you that I took this picture, but unfortunately, no. It's from
    The National Wildlife Federation website. I did see a fox, though. Twice,
    actually. Probably the same one, because the sightings were only a couple
    of hundred yards apart. The first was on Monday morning, May 2, at about 8:
    30 am. It crossed Freedom Street in front of me, in Milford, just over the
    town line. The second time was Friday afternoon, May 6, on Northrop
    Street, just across from the end of Tammie. Both times it moved out of
    sight before I could grab my camera.

    I  heard today (May 10) that there are two families of foxes, numbering over
    a dozen, living elsewhere in town. They're out and about a lot, so I hope to
    get some pictures.

    Thanks to Mike Deloia (New England Floors) for this
    insulator that he found alongside the G&U tracks.

State House and Boston Common - Photo by DJ Malloy

Town election - May  - Click here to see results.

    This evening (May 11) I went to take a look for the
    foxes I'd recently heard about, and I didn't have to
    wait. There were a few in sight, but the one in these
    two pictures was the only one in range for my camera.

    Here's a paragraph from the National Wildlife
    Federation site that tells how to tell a red fox from a
    gray fox.

    The surefire way to tell the difference is to look for the
    color at the tip of the tail. Gray foxes have black-
    tipped tails, while red fox tails are white. Although they
    are very similar in name and appearance, the gray
    fox and the red fox are only distant cousins,
    belonging to different genera in the family Canidae.

Covering the salt pile near Chelsea Creek - May 12. Photo by DJ.

    Thanks to former Hopedale resident Terry Studer for
    sending an envelope full of Hopedale postcards,
    including the two here. The Bancroft Park homes,
    above, are still there, but the General Draper
    mansion was razed about 90 years ago. Hopedale
    Junior-Senior High School stands on the site now.

    Thanks to John Chute for sending an early twentieth century book on
    textile machinery. A few years ago John sent his memories of growing
    up in White City. White City, Hopedale, of course, not to be confused with
    White City , Shrewsbury. Here it is.

    It happened again! Another truck hit the G&U
    bridge over Hopedale Street. It would have
    made a better picture if I had gotten up on
    the bridge for it. I took these from my car.

    The former Little White Market on
    Depot Street is now the Hay-Wagon.

Draper workers, c. 1900

    Surf's up! Carol P. kept nagging me on one of our windy
    days this week, to get down to the pond and get a picture
    of it with whitecaps. I should have listened and gotten
    down there right away. Probably better then. Anyway, you
    can tell that it was windy.

    Window art in Allston.
    Photos sent by DJ Malloy

Razing 124 Mendon Street - May 20.    Below - May 23.

Lady slippers in the Parklands - May 20.

    The gable-front, three-bay cottage form with end-bay entry persisted in the area
    into the 1870s, as seen at 124 Mendon Street (ca. 1875), which includes  a full
    width front porch. Hopedale Village Historic District National Register Nomination.

    Razing 114-116 Mendon Street - May 25.

    Only two extant buildings in Hopedale Village are believed to predate the
    establishment of the Hopedale Community settlement of 1841. The Cook
    house, 114-116 Mendon Street (ca. 1820) is 1 1/2 stories on a granite
    foundation with a side-gable roof, brick chimney located behind the ridge,
    and a five-bay main block with later side-gabled extensions to the southwest.
    Windows and center entry on the facade are placed close to the eaves.
    Hopedale Historic Village National Register Nomination

Hopedale Village Cemetery - May 28