Littleton Historical Society. A Poem by Daniel Webster Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades. Shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe; jewelers, a monster watch; even a dentist hangs out a gold tooth; but up in the Franconia Mountains God Almighty has hung out a sign to show that in New England He makes men.Niels sprays bleach and water to kill lichen in order for sealer to be sprayed. This was the last work done on the Old Man by Niels Nielson. Photo by Ken Yuezkiu, 1990. (I may have the spelling wrong on the photographer as it was from a photo I took of the credit which wasn't as good as it could have been. Will look at it the next time I go by the place and it's open. In the mean time, anyone know the right spelling? The 1958 repairs filled a forehead fracture with a wire, epoxy and fiberglass membrane. Photograph by Austin MacAuley. (Anyone know of an e-mail link to him?)Edward Geddes. Seated on forehead boulder during his trip to plan securing the boulder to the ledge, September 9, 1915. Photograph by Reverand Guy Roberts. A picture of a half of a stereoview of the Old Man, c. 1880. This is a rare image by Littleton's Kilburn Brothers Studio.

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The following pictures just don't do proper justice to the museum. You'll have to go there and see for yourself! They should at least whet you appetite and give you something to look at in the "off seasons".

Some Statistics

  • Forehead boulder, 20 feet X 4 feet X 4 feet, 25 tons.
  • Forehead ledge, 45 X 10 feet, 300 tons (estimated).
  • Brow, 11 feet (2 layers of rock).
  • 10 feet.
  • Upper Lip, 7 feet.
  • Chin, 12 feet.
  • Chin to top of forehead, 40 feet, 5 inches.

A Poem by Daniel Webster

Men hang out their signs indicative of their respective trades.

Shoemakers hang out a gigantic shoe;

jewelers, a monster watch;

even a dentist hangs out a gold tooth;

but up in the Franconia Mountains God Almighty

has hung out a sign to show that in New England He makes men.

A sling used in inspection and work on the Old Man.

A sling used in inspection and work on the Old Man of the Mountain.

Niels sprays bleach and water to kill lichen in order for sealer to be sprayed. This was the last work done on the Old Man by Niels Nielson. Photo by Ken Yuezkiu, 1990. (I may have the spelling wrong on the photographer as it was from a photo I took of the credit which wasn't as good as it could have been. Will look at it the next time I go by the place and it's open. In the mean time, anyone know the right spelling? An e-mail link perhaps I can put to him?

Niels sprays bleach and water to kill lichen in order for sealer to be sprayed. This was the last work done on the Old Man by Niels Nielson. Photo by Ken Yuezkiu, 1990. (I may have the spelling wrong on the photographer as it was from a photo I took of t

David and Deborah Nielson descend. Others spray epoxy sealer over the surface to protect the membrane. (The Old Man's Ear Muff). Photographs by Bill Ingham. (Anyone know an e-mail link to him?)

David and Deborah Nielson descend. Others spray epoxy sealer over the surface to protect the membrane. (The Old Man's Ear Muff). Photographs by Bill Ingham. (Anyone know an e-mail link to him?)

Niels congratulates Deborah after her first descent. Deborah and David's son, Tommy, looks on. Photographs by Bill Ingham, 1989.

Niels congratulates Deborah after her first descent. Deborah and David's son, Tommy, looks on. Photographs by Bill Ingham, 1989.

Checkpoints inserted at various points are measured every year to record any movement of the ledges and boulders that comprise the vertical face of the Old Man.

Checkpoints inserted at various points are measured every year to record any movement of the ledges and boulders that comprise the vertical face of the Old Man.

original steel wedge installed in forehead boulder by Edward Geddes

The 1958 repairs filled a forehead fracture with a wire, epoxy and fiberglass membrane. Photograph by Austin MacAuley. (Anyone know of an e-mail link to him?)

The 1958 repairs filled a forehead fracture with a wire, epoxy and fiberglass membrane. Photograph by Austin MacAuley. (Anyone know of an e-mail link to him?)

Epoxy seal sample from 1958 repairs. A waterproof canopy was placed over the fissure running along the top of the Profile's forehead.

Epoxy seal sample from 1958 repairs. A waterproof canopy was placed over the fissure running along the top of the Profile's forehead.

Photograph by Austin MacAuley

Pink granite core from the Old Man of the Mountain with a drill bit.

Pink granite core from the Old Man of the Mountain with a drill bit.

The bit is screwed onto a pipe and powered by a converted chain saw. Small diamonds in the bit aid in cutting through the granite.

The bit is screwed onto a pipe and powered by a converted chain saw. Small diamonds in the bit aid in cutting through the granite.

"Old Man's Tooth" A helicopter clears debris after a rock slide disturbed the top of the Profile's head. Dubbed the "Old Man's Tooth" the helicopter is lifting a 4 1/2 foot piece of granite. Photo by Dick Hamilton. (Anyone know of an e-mail link to him?)

Anchor iron model. Edward Geddes designed this brass model for his proposal to the Governor and the Executive Council. The actual anchor irons were made of Bessemer steel. Collection of Howard Chase, Lincoln, New Hampshire.

Anchor iron model. Edward Geddes designed this brass model for his proposal to the Governor and the Executive Council. The actual anchor irons were made of Bessemer steel. Collection of Howard Chase, Lincoln, New Hampshire.

The Annual cleaning and checkup. (From Bottom) Niels Nielson, David Nielson, Jack Harrison, and Dave Forbes in July 1984. Photo by Peter B. Kaplan (Anyone know of a link to him?)

The Annual cleaning and checkup. (From Bottom) Niels Nielson, David Nielson, Jack Harrison, and Dave Forbes in July 1984. Photo by Peter B. Kaplan (Anyone know of a link to him?)

Niels Nielson.

Niels Nielson.

Ed Geddes waves from the Old Man's chin, 1916. Photograph by Reverand Guy Roberts.

Ed Geddes waves from the Old Man's chin, 1916. Photograph by Reverand Guy Roberts.

Anchor irons secured, October, 1916. Photograph by Reverand Guy Roberts. Collection: Littleton Historical Society.

Anchor irons secured, October, 1916. Photograph by Reverand Guy Roberts. Collection: Littleton Historical Society.

Edward Geddes. Seated on forehead boulder during his trip to plan securing the boulder to the ledge, September 9, 1915. Photograph by Reverand Guy Roberts.

Edward Geddes. Seated on forehead boulder during his trip to plan securing the boulder to the ledge, September 9, 1915. Photograph by Reverand Guy Roberts.

A view of some of the info in the museum. Well worth going to see!

A view of some of the info in the museum. Well worth going to see!

There is a collection of all types of memorabilia relating to the Old Man.

There is a collection of all types of memorabilia relating to the Old Man.

A picture of a half of a stereoview of the Old Man, c. 1880. This is a rare image by Littleton's Kilburn Brothers Studio.

A picture of a half of a stereoview of the Old Man, c. 1880. This is a rare image by Littleton's Kilburn Brothers Studio.

Postcard, 1934. Photograph by C.T. Bodwell.

Postcard, 1934. Photograph by C.T. Bodwell.
 

A New Hampshire license plate.

A New Hampshire license plate.

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