Standler's History

Copyright 2011-2014 by Ronald B. Standler

As a child, during 1959-1962 my father took me to old forts, ghost towns, and abandoned mines in the desert around El Paso, Texas, and I wondered what it was like to live there in the late 1800s and early 1900s.   When I was doing scientific research in atmospheric electricity during 1971-77, I read old books and articles in scientific publications from the 1800s and early 1900s, to trace the evolution of ideas back to their source.   As a professor of electrical engineering in the 1980s, I read old patents and old articles, again to trace the evolution of ideas back to their source.   As an attorney since 1998, I often read old judicial opinions to trace the evolution of the common law back to its origin.   I wrote a separate essay on history and why history is important.

New Hampshire History

In October 2010, I purchased a digital camera and — in my spare time — I photograph old buildings, old bridges, and other historical sites near my home in Concord, NH.   My webpages contain not only my photographs, but also some historical facts and links to other websites.

My photographs and history around Concord, NH:

  1. My photographs of old buildings in and near Concord, NH.   This webpage also contains text and links about these buildings, as well as text and links about railroads, hospitals, and airports in southern New Hampshire.   This webpage contains my main collection of links to New Hampshire history.

  2. My webpage on the former state Insane Asylum and its cemetery in Concord, NH.

  3. My photographs of elementary school buildings in Concord, NH that were constructed during 1890-1910.

  4. My photographs of telephone buildings near Concord, NH. Also includes some history of telephones, and links to other websites.

  5. My photographs and history of Suncook, NH, including old mill buildings, old school buildings, railroad, etc.

  6. My photographs of old bridges across the Merrimack River in New Hampshire. forthcoming

  7. In September 2020, I do not know when I can take more photographs and post more webpages.

As old wood structures rot — and as developers demolish old buildings to make way for new, energy-efficient buildings — history is lost.   Photographs are one way of preserving history.   Repeating facts found in library books is another way of preserving history, to tell the current generation of people about their history.   I hope that my photographs preserve some history and that my webpages inform people of some historical details.

terms of service

Sadly, the copyright notice on my webpages — while legally sufficient to defeat a defense of innocent infringement of copyright, 17 U.S.C. §401(d) — has not stopped hooligans from copying works that are legally protected by copyright.

Copyright Notice:   This website, , including each of my webpages and each of my photographs, is my personal property.   Each of my photographs here, and also my text, is protected by copyright law and also by my contractual Terms of Service.   I have posted my essays and webpages here for people to enjoy, but for neither copying nor distribution.   Please enjoy looking at my photographs at my website, but do not copy either my photographs or my text, and do not display them elsewhere.

Aside from legal ownership and control of intellectual property, seeing my copyrights infringed discourages me from sharing information via my website.   Plagiarization or copyright infringement is disrespectful to authors, who invest at least several tens of hours of their time — and often hundreds of hours of their time — to create one webpage that is worth reading.   I am an attorney in Massachusetts who concentrates in copyright law, amongst other things.   As I say in my summary of copyright law, copyright infringement hurts authors, as a violation of personal property that they created.

My Essays on History

Some of my scholarly essays on law trace the history of the development of the common law, see my essays at my professional website.   As a resource for historians, I have posted at my personal website collections of facts and quotations and my commentary about nominations of justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, and legislative history of a few federal statutes.

My webpage on the history of technology in incandescent electric lamps in the USA, discusses the role of scientific research and patents in consolidating the number of manufacturers in the USA from dozens in the early 1900s, to seven in 1936, and three after the 1950s. This essay also includes a list of citations to thirty patent infringement cases in appellate courts in the USA.

I have posted a collection of my essays that chronicle the history of the removal of chemical weapons from Syria and the futile peace negotiations beginning in Sep 2013. That webpage also includes links to copies of historical documents, a table of the death toll in the Syrian civil war, a table of dates of delivering Syrian chemical weapons. In June 2014, I began chronicling the U.S. response to the invasion of Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

My old webpages

The following four webpages collect some links to other websites on historical sites, as well as collect some facts:
  1. old mines, ghost towns, and abandoned airfields in southern New Mexico and western Texas

  2. abandoned buildings in the Northeastern USA

  3. abandoned roads in the USA

  4. shotshell history in the USA.
These four webpages are only text and a collection of links, but no photographs.   I created these four webpages during the years 2006-2007, but I no longer revise them, because I want to spend my limited free time taking photographs and preparing new webpages.

During August 2011, I contemplated taking a vacation to Colorado to photograph old buildings in historic mining towns (e.g., Central City, Leadville, Ouray, and Telluride).   I decided to focus my efforts on historic buildings in the northeastern USA, so I posted my collection of links to websites in Colorado as a resource for other people.

this document is at
first posted 28 July 2011, revised May 2014, minor revision 15 Sep 2020

Go to my personal homepage.