Art without engineering is dreaming;
Engineering without art is calculating.

Steven K. Roberts, N4RVE

Historical Documents

New York Election – 1940 Certificate of Literacy

scanned by Steven K. Roberts from family archives on Oct 6, 2016 When my mother was living at the Barbizon in 1939-40¬†(read this wonderful letter of recommendation), she took the test required by the state of New York under Section 166 of the Election Law… and received this certificate (click to embiggen): This is posted…

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Phyllis McCarthy at the helm

St. Clair McKelway Recommends Phyllis McCarthy to Barbizon

My mother worked as a fashion model in New York back in the 1930s, and it was fascinating, while working through the old family papers, to discover a wealth of photos and other archives from this epoch of her life. My favorite, by far, is this gem… in which St. Clair McKelway, the managing editor…

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Edward Roberts block-printed Christmas cards 1930s

My father was a DIY’er all the way, even back in his college days. In his old shop I found the wood-carving tools and blocks that he used to create these Christmas greetings in 1933 and 1934. The first celebrated his love for his first car, a 1910 Hupmobile: And the second carries images from…

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Veterans Pedal Bicycle Built for Four

From the Philadelphia Public Ledger October 17, 1932 My father was Edward H. Roberts, and his dad was Chester Roberts… seated in the front of this quad cycle…   This “quad” of long ago careened madly at yesterday’s reunion of the Veteran Wheelmen’s Association at the William Penn Inn at Gwynedd, propelled by (from left…

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Worcester High School – 1931 Graduation

My mother was in this class, and this program was in our family archives. I am parking it here in my timeline to help those looking for history of the Worcester High School of Commerce. (These are just scanned images, alas, not derived from searchable PDF… I didn’t want to have to edit all those…

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Stoneville Grammar Graduation – 1927

Just to help people doing ancestry and Worcester historical research, here is a bit of data… Stoneville Grammar School graduation exercises in 1927. This includes the credits and list of graduates (of which my mother was one). The principal was Grace M. Buckley. She went on to the Worcester High School of Commerce, and the…

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Gyroscopic Action - A Menace to Aviation

Gyroscopic Action – A Menace to Aviation

I was adopted, and my biological grandfather was an interesting fellow named Ralph M. Pearson. In his younger days, he was involved in aviation engineering, then traveled the Great Loop around the eastern US in a homemade boat before devoting his life to art. In his later years, he produced countless etchings (many with Southwest…

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Civil War Soldier Letter to Ebenezer Hafford re Lieutenant Courvoisier

I wish I could provide more context for this letter, which was in an envelope of Civil War papers in my father’s estate. I don’t know the family connection, but am placing it here on my server to preserve its contents. If you have additional perspective on the drama¬†discussed herein, or genealogical context (like this)…

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