These photographs were taken outside of the West Windham Post Office at the turn of the 20th century. A post office and store were operated in the same building, serving both Windham residents and summer tourists. The man and the women, possibly tourists, posed in front of the post office in their rather ornate horse and buggy; notice the ornamental iron railing on the side. In the background, a Perfection Cigarettes sign is visible. The brand was popular in the first quarter of the 20th century, and many of Windham's men likely enjoyed their line of tobacco products, which could have been conveniently purchased at the store. To the right of the cigarette advertising sign is an early American Telegraph & Telephone Bell System sign, possibly indicating the West Windham Post Office was equipped with a telephone. What appears to be sacks of flour are visible in the window of store, which may have been the product of the nearby grain mill at Beaver Brook.
Derek Saffie is an avid Windham historian who enjoys researching and sharing his collection with all those interested in the history of the New England town.