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A blast from the past – Our house in the 70s

January 9, 2010 at 1:00 pm by thetheorist

Front of house in 70s
This would have been the front of the house circa 1970. The siding and several windows had changed by the time we bought the place.

We got a surprise gift just after new years, a letter and pictures from the previous owner of the house. In case I haven’t mentioned this before, the house was owned by a woman whose daughter and grandsons lived in the house. These pictures should be from around 1970-1971 when the house was first purchased by them. The pictures help explain a few of the odditities we found in the house while working on it. It was clear that multiple sizes of windows had been installed in various rooms of the house over time, but seeing some of these older windows lets me get a better picture in my head of how the framing evolved as windows were changed out.

This was a super fun surprise to find in the mail!

Hit the read more link for about a half dozen more pics.

West of house in 70s
This would have been the west side of the house circa 1970. It looks like the land over there may have been recently leveled, and the master bedroom windws are radically different from when we bought it. The look like the same types of windows that we originally removed from an interior wall and one that we removed from the cellar.
Back of house in 70s
This would have been the back of the house circa 1970. The back looks unchanged except for siding. The same windows, little awning and back door were all still there. When vinyl siding was added, it covered the limestone foundation and the window in the foundation.
Back of house in 70s
It looks like a freaking jungle back behind the house. The letter mentioned that the whole property was rather overgrown.
Bedroom in 70s
This looks like the room that eventually became our kid’s room. I don’t think the windows that are stack on the wall were ever put into this room, that or they were replaced with different windows later on.
Bedroom in 70s
The same door was still there when we got the place, just missing a couple of the actual window panes.
Old shed down the hill in 70s
I’m pretty sure that this is a picture of the old, burned down shed that sits at the edge of our property. It looks like it had already fallen down when they bought it, but I don’t see evidence of burning. Maybe they built a new shed down there, which subsequently burned down later.

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  • 1 Kate Jan 9, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    That’s really cool. You should take after shots and put them side by side for those of us who have only seen the house once… And aren’t sure what they’re looking at…. :)

  • 2 thetheorist Jan 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I thought about it, but I was tired of photoshopping pictures after getting these scanned in and shopped.