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EllaBlue
05-16-2008, 02:50 PM
Hi everyone, I am new to this forum. First I made a spelling error in my user name and I wonder if I need to contact a mod on this?
Thank you!

Also, at a barn sale today I picked up 6 Shingles with a piece of paperwork from the Mount Washington Observatory. It reads as follows.( OH and this was bought as a Silent Auction Item. The shingles appear VERY old, thin and weathered.)

"These extremely weathered shingles withstood countless days and nights of heavy winds, bitter cold and extreme icing atop Mount Washington. These shingles come from the tower of the Observatory's 1937-1980 facility on the summit. The tower itself was added to the facility in the mid 1960's."

I am wondering how or if I have a way to tell if these shingles did indeed come from the tower of the Observatory. Many thanks in advance.
EllaBlue

EllaBlue
05-17-2008, 03:06 AM
I don't understand being new here and posting a question why 26 people would view and not make even one comment?

Knapper
05-17-2008, 03:20 AM
It is always nice to see a new face in the forums. Don't feel bad on the view counts. There is a counter on the home page that says how many are viewing, responding, etc. and there are always a lot of people reading. But only a small percentage are actual active members. The forums may not be as active as some other boards out there but they are here to cover some various topics.

As for the name error, look for an admin. user or there is a thread I believe where you can ask for help.

As for the question on the shingles, it is difficult to trace down. The old buildings shingles are in a few places I know. State park has a storage of them from what I hear. There are a few around the current sherman adams building in state parks side. As for the remaining, there is a chance a few made it to private collectors. It would be difficult to say yes or no they are from the top or if it is just some person scamming people into thinking they are from here. The ones I have seen look like any other shingle you would find on a 50 year old house. So I would say if you feel they are from here, say they are, it gives you a great talking point. I just hope your price was fair.

Brad
05-17-2008, 07:26 AM
I have been looking for pictures I took of the old hotel building that was on the summit at the time - with no success yet. I remember the huge chains going up and over the roof and bolted to the rocks on both ends. This was to keep the building from blowing away. I can not recall what the roof was made of, but regular shingles would been ripped away by the wind (I would think).

Are there are any other olde timers here who remember? Were they slate shingles or asphalt?

mtruman
05-17-2008, 11:10 AM
I have been looking for pictures I took of the old hotel building that was on the summit at the time - with no success yet. I remember the huge chains going up and over the roof and bolted to the rocks on both ends. This was to keep the building from blowing away. I can not recall what the roof was made of, but regular shingles would been ripped away by the wind (I would think).

Are there are any other olde timers here who remember? Were they slate shingles or asphalt?

I found these photos of the old summit hotel:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gls1106/909329700/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gls1106/909329810

Hard to tell what the shingles are.

A couple of others (linked from http://hikethewhites.com/washington.html):

http://hikethewhites.com/photos/old/hotel1.jpg
http://hikethewhites.com/photos/old/hotel2.jpg

One here on a postcard:

http://www.cardcow.com/images/set129/card00172_fr.jpg

RI Swamp Yankee
05-17-2008, 08:24 PM
I don't understand being new here and posting a question why 26 people would view and not make even one comment?
Welcome EllaBlue. I would suspect most people, myself included, would not be able to give you a reliable answer. You could try to contact a staff member of the Obs and if there is a name on that piece of paper that may help them determine if it is valid. If you do find out something, please come back and let us know. Maybe they were sold as part of a fundraiser some years back.

ps. Great find on those old hotel photos, interesting.

Bill O
05-17-2008, 09:24 PM
I don't understand being new here and posting a question why 26 people would view and not make even one comment?

22 of them were bots trolling the internet, 2 didn't know the answer and 2 didn't care.

If it came with paperwork from the Observatory I'd assume they are real.

JimS
05-17-2008, 09:31 PM
Ryan can ask Ken for verification, but I believe that these 'official' shingles were sold in the gift shop during the 80s. They were truly weathered shingles from the old observatory, and likely some thousand went out the door. A neat find to get them second hand, and I imagine collectable to some. Perhaps the staff can track down more on the history of their sale.

As for view counts, this is a public forum, on a site with 15000 hits a day, yet only a few hundred active posters with varied knowledge. Given that, your response rate seems rather quick.

Welcome, and stick around!

Brad
05-18-2008, 05:41 PM
I contacted the owner of the Flickr pictures and got her permission to copy them to our MWO Fotki photo site. They are now posted at http://public.fotki.com/MWO/old-pictures/1960-gayle/

Charlie
05-18-2008, 08:46 PM
i love the picture with the old car in it