Bancroft Lace Co

It’s bad enough that Tom occasionally get random emails about The Chrinitoid, but Jennifer never expected one of his online projects to result in family history discoveries.

To help share family history findings, Tom has posted information on sites like Ancestry, FamilySearch and Wikitree. Recently, one of Tom’s entries resulted in the email below:

Hello Thomas,

I am purchasing an old mill building in West Warwick and I have been doing some digging into it’s history. I found the building was originally the Warwick Lace Works Co, and later purchased by Bancroft Lace Co by a man Edward E Bancroft. If my research is right, he was the grandfather of Norman Bancroft whose WikiTree information you were listed as the editor.

Long story short, I am trying to track down pictures of the building from back in the 1950s when Norman’s grandfather owned it. I was hoping that you may know of any living relatives that I could shoot a quick email, or anything else that you may know that could help!

Sorry to contact you out of the blue, but hopefully it will be an interesting trip down memory lane.

Cheers, Brandon

Jennifer has shared stories about Edward Bancroft and his lace business, but we never knew he had an actually factory.

So far, we have not tracked down any of the requested historic photos, but we continue the search. (If you have any clues, let us know!)

Old Payne Family Photos

My sister Deborah has been collecting family pictures. I took pictures of some of them and just found them in my “incoming” folder (photos that need to be sorted).
Trip to Arizona
My memory is that Uncle George piled up snow in our Brooklyn backyard and we made tunnels. I have been trying to create this again for my boys.
Not exactly sure where this was…want to say Plymouth, MA.
Happy Birthday, Tommy – 1 Yr
Tom and Grampa Hanken
Tom with Grandma and Grampa Hanken
At the Grand Canyon!
Tom’s First Holy Communion …and a parade down Glenwood Road.

Pickle Rick

I had made a semi-serious promise to myself that I would try to only make “practical” 3D prints as the boys keep asking for silly cartoon and video game characters. When they recently requests prints of “Rick and Morty” characters, I insisted I would only do it if they did something creative, like paint them. (especially since the printer wasn’t working and it would take considerable effort to get it printing again). There were agreements and head nods all around.
Pickle Rick and Mr. Meeseeks

Well, the prints printed (this is Pickle Rick and Mr. Meeseeks)…but it turns out dad did the painting, too.

All New Dating Game

Flash back to 1986 and watch Tom on the All New Dating Game (staring Elaine Joyce).

Tom competes with future actor Eamonn Roche and glass blower Adrian Cervantes for the affections of pre-med student Michele Fimbres.

While Tom did not win (he argues that Michelle was confused), the winners got to attend Winterfest in Ft. Lauderdale with Willard Scott. Here is a newspaper clip from the time:

— A California couple won a four-day trip to Fort Lauderdale for appearing on The (All New) Dating Game. Michele Fimbres, an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Southern California, chose as her date Adrian Cervantes, 22, a glass blower at Sea World. The couple and their chaperone, Jacqueline Waite, stayed in oceanfront rooms at Marriott`s Harbor Beach Resort. They were whisked by limousine to the city`s boat parade, where they boarded Old Peculier, one of the lead boats.