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photo The summer bustle of Hampton Beach is a relatively new phenomenon. These photos show the birth of the tourist attraction created by the arrival of trains, trolleys and then automobiles. Before that, Hampton Beach was mostly dominated by fishermen, and the town of Hampton was a quiet little New Hampshire village.

In his recent book, excerpted here, Hampton librarian Bill Teschek has collected 200 images from around the turn of the century. They show much that is familiar. But the era of trolleys and grand hotels has given way to a different atmosphere. So, just for a moment, let's return to a time when parking was free and a soda cost a nickel. JDR

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Also in our Early Photo Series:

  • 1886 Ice Storm
  • Attractive Bits Along the Shore
  • Gosport Harbor, 1860s
  • Hampton and Hampton Beach
  • Old Dover Scrapbook
  • "Old Ironsides"
  • "Old Town by the Sea"
  • Victorian Portsmouth

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    Hampton Gallery
    Click on the thumbnails for larger photo and caption. All images from "Hampton and Hampton Beach" by Bill Teschek, Arcadia Publications, Dover, NH 1997.

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    All photos courtesy Bill Teschek
    From "Hampton and Hampton Beach"

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    © 1997 All rights reserved.

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    book cover Buy the Book

    Seacoast Books

    Hampton and Hampton Beach
    Images of America Series
    By William H. Teschek, 1997
    Arcadia Publications
    Dover NH.

    Click here to purchase book. directly from the author. (Note: You wil be leaving Click BACK to return to this site.)

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