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Historic photos courtesy of Vermont Historical Society; Captions and modern photos by Paul Carnahan.

This pleasant, little house at 25 St. Paul Street has changed little in the last century or more. The photo on top was taken around 1900, when shutters were actively used to control sunlight and a bicycle was an item to be proud of.

The man in this picture may be Thomas Allen and his wife, Catharine, residents of the house in 1905. Allen was a cigar manufacturer at 19 State Street. The advertisements for Allen’s Cigar Manufactory said, “Where you can see cigars made and know what you are getting.” The company operated in Montpelier into the 1920s.