These handsome gents seem to be inaugurating a spanking new life boat at Singing Beach. The "Marine Enterprise, Manchester Mass." jeep makes it all really official.  And if the woman in the background's bathing suit is any indication, we're thinking this was taken in the late 1950s or early 60s. Recognize anyone? We'd love to hear from you! 

A shot of a high visibility corner in Manchester that we think just about everyone will recognize. The railroad tracks and inner harbor are an "ace" clue to the waterfront spot where a larger building now stands. Remember this cafe?  Perhaps you remember the "waterside" (hint, hint) restaurant that replaced it?  Who used to own it or perhaps remember what year it closed? We'd love to know! 

Hornets football has been a mainstay for a long time, and this shot proves it! Research tells us leather helmets were used in the 1920s. Did this tough bunch bring home the win? A big trophy? Capture the hearts of the cheer squad? Check out the inner harbor in the background and if anyone can name someone from this Story High School crew - let us know.

We're pretty sure the only difference in his outfit when fall came is the pants and sleeves got longer. Judging by the details, we think this was taken sometime in the 1950s. But what's with the bell? The umbrella? And what the heck is he carrying on his back? We love the tattoo, and that little girl sure doesn't look excited about what this man is selling. Who's this dapper gent?

When they say, “a good time was had by all,” this is what “they” were talking about.  The unmistakable décor is clearly the American Legion (the ceiling gives that away) in Manchester.  We knew it was a big town celebration (a retirement party or birthday, we guessed?) and the boutonniere and that event photographer in the background it was clear: this was fancy.

Put on your thinking caps, because answering our “Who’s That?” challenge builds our community photo archive. When they say, “a good time was had by all”, this is the type of relaxed affair “they” were talking about. It is clearly a male-only affair, so we’ve narrowed this down to the appropriate candidates.  Could it a Masonic monthly meeting? Dinner at The Manchester Club? A Boy Scout award night? We tried looking at the darned program in front of the man on the left, but alas, we can’t make it out, other than it seems camp or sail-related. But the sea of blazers and tweed, coupled with the hairstyles lead us to place this photo in the mid 1980s.  (So do the plastic Solo coffee sleeves. Remember those?)

Many readers contacted us to successfully identify these two men, Charlie Lane and his father, Fred Lane, both former Town Treasurers.  The best answer came from Sue Henderson who wrote in, “Charlie Lane Jr. is the seated mustachioed fellow and his father, Fred Land is standing.  Both are related to Parks & Rec’s Andy “Bono” Lane, as well as centenarian, Randall Lane of Essex!” Well done Sue!

Who’s that youngster flying through the air with gusto in what surely must have been a record-breaking standing broad jump? Sally Huss and her son wrote in to guess that our intrepid flyer was named Adam Schultz. "We think the boy second from the right is Andrew Ryding and the man at lower right looks like the late Charles Ramsey." This roll of film was part of a role captured from the Presidential Fitness Award conducted each year in the Memorial School gymnasium. The national program was instituted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966 to gauge youth fitness with a battery of exercise tests involving sit ups, the flexed arm hang, something called “the shuttle run”, and, as we see here, the broad jump.  The program was phased out in 2012.  Our estimate is this was taken in the late 1970s or early 1980s, in the gym.

That Was Then

Know who the people in the photos above might be? The first to click the button below with the correct answer wins a highly sought-after Cricket hat and our undying gratitude as we build out our community photo archive in celebration of Town Of Manchester’s 375th Anniversary next year. Answers will be published to this page.

Previous 'That Was Then' Photos Identified

Find the answers to who was in previous "That was Then" photos below.

Who’s that youngster flying through the air with gusto in what surely must have been a record-breaking standing broad jump? Sally Huss and her son wrote in to guess that our intrepid flyer was named Adam Schultz. "We think the boy second from the right is Andrew Ryding and the man at lower right looks like the late Charles Ramsey." This roll of film was part of a role captured from the Presidential Fitness Award conducted each year in the Memorial School gymnasium. The national program was instituted by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1966 to gauge youth fitness with a battery of exercise tests involving sit ups, the flexed arm hang, something called “the shuttle run”, and, as we see here, the broad jump.  The program was phased out in 2012.  Our estimate is this was taken in the late 1970s or early 1980s, in the gym.

Many readers contacted us to successfully identify these two men, Charlie Lane and his father, Fred Lane, both former Town Treasurers.  The best answer came from Sue Henderson who wrote in, “Charlie Lane Jr. is the seated mustachioed fellow and his father, Fred Land is standing.  Both are related to Parks & Rec’s Andy “Bono” Lane, as well as centenarian, Randall Lane of Essex!” Well done Sue!

Put on your thinking caps, because answering our “Who’s That?” challenge builds our community photo archive. When they say, “a good time was had by all”, this is the type of relaxed affair “they” were talking about. It is clearly a male-only affair, so we’ve narrowed this down to the appropriate candidates.  Could it a Masonic monthly meeting? Dinner at The Manchester Club? A Boy Scout award night? We tried looking at the darned program in front of the man on the left, but alas, we can’t make it out, other than it seems camp or sail-related. But the sea of blazers and tweed, coupled with the hairstyles lead us to place this photo in the mid 1980s.  (So do the plastic Solo coffee sleeves. Remember those?)

When they say, “a good time was had by all,” this is what “they” were talking about.  The unmistakable décor is clearly the American Legion (the ceiling gives that away) in Manchester.  We knew it was a big town celebration (a retirement party or birthday, we guessed?) and the boutonniere and that event photographer in the background it was clear: this was fancy.