UPDATE – THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS – Posted Flag Day – 14 June 2014

I know, I know, you have not heard very much from me.  The first half of 2014 has been great, and fun with LADY RAB (1931 Model A Tudor Sedan), CORNELIA (1906 Cretors Sidewalk Popcorn Wagon Replica), and my book.  The impetus for completion of my projects has been Walpole’s 2014 Old Home Days the end of this month.

I did take two breaks at The Red Lion Inn, and still have to tell you about the last one including the homes of two Hudson River School artists: Thomas Cole and Frederic Church’s Olana.  And I also experienced an overnight at The Woodstock Inn located in Woodstock, Vermont, and the half day I spent at the Billings Farm & Museum.  All museums highly recommended by RAB.  But I will get to that eventually, and eventually will get to traveling again after Old Home Days.

But you know about LADY RAB  (have now clocked over 140 miles in her), but let me just fill you in on CORNELIA and AS IT WAS… AND STILL IS… WALPOLE, NEW HAMPSHIRE.


This week I traveled to Lawrence, Massachusetts to buy popcorn supplies and learn how to use my machine.  And, just now I attached the last item — the original style crystaline art glass POPCORN sign.  Earlier today I saw Stacey at the Post Office, and with a smile she said she has followed my Facebook popcorn posts, and could not wait.  So, once I have a few “guinea pigs” over for the first popping test I shall take a video, complete with calliope music, popcorn cascading, and Toastie the Clown cranking away.  Too much fun, don’t miss visiting CORNELIA this summer.



by Ray Boas
design by Jan Kobeski


Ray Boas’ new 128 page book, AS IT WAS…AND STILL IS – WALPOLE, NEW HAMPSHIRE, tours the reader through more than 125 years of history shown through 350 rarely seen images creatively displayed, all in full-color.  Based on Boas’ collection of postcards and stereoviews started over a decade ago, the book has been completed for publication in conjunction with Walpole’s 2014 Old Home Days celebration. The main section of the book divides the town into five sections each beginning with a map.  The postcards and stereoviews, with historical captions, are keyed to the maps.  Also included is a collection of historical articles written by Boas for THE WALPOLE CLARION, and a brief history of postcards further illustrated by Walpole postals.

Below are some sample pages, followed by a review of the book by Tara Sad that was published in the June 2014 WALPOLE CLARION.  Available at $20 a copy, shipping is available ($4 per mailing address) for out-of-town gifts.

Mail orders can be sent to Ray Boas, PO Box 757, Walpole, NH 03608 Phone 603 756-4545 –   email: rayboas@comcast.net Payment may be by check or Paypal.

The book ARRIVED – 3 June – and hidden away (hard to do) until release.


Boas and Kobeski will present an illustrated talk, “The Making of AS IT WAS…AND STILL IS… WALPOLE, NEW HAMPSHIRE” at the Walpole Historical Society on June 24th at 7 PM.  Plan to attend this fun evening.

The full-color book measures 11 inches by 8 1/2 inches






Tara Sad’s book review published in THE WALPOLE CLARION June 2014

AIW-9Again, available at $20 a copy. Shipping is available ($4 per mailing address) for out-of-town gifts.  Mail orders can be sent to Ray Boas, PO Box 757, Walpole, NH 03608 Phone 603 756-4545 –   email: rayboas@comcast.net Payment may be by check or Paypal.

Hope you got this far.  Now you know what has enjoyably consumed my time.  And, soon I may be able to share new adventures.

Yours, RAY


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2 Responses to UPDATE – THE LAST COUPLE MONTHS – Posted Flag Day – 14 June 2014

  1. Betty says:

    Great job on both the book AND Cornelia! Can’t wait to get up there to see you and pick up our copy of your book! You must feel great having accomplished all of those things that have been on your “to do” list! Congrats!

  2. Marian says:

    Congraulations on finishing your book. It looks extremely interesting.
    Beautiful buildings. Also congratulations on your new job as a popcorn vendor. -:):)
    Know this is not the end of your bucket list, so keep swinging.


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