Hampton’s Tercentenary Celebration
1638 – 1938

Compiled By John M. Holman, Contributing Writer

“A unique souvenir for air mail going from Hampton during National Air Mail Week, May 15th to 21st, 1938, has been secured through the kindness of Postmaster Edwin L. Batchelder who personally has supplied a special cachet depicting a silhouette of Eunice ‘Goody’ Cole our famous ‘convicted’ witch, for use on such envelopes.

“Such cachets with local interest will be used to many places during this official celebration of the inauguration of Air Mail service, but we think none will be more eagerly sought after by the Stamp Collectors’ than will Hampton’s ‘Goody Cole’ cachet. All of the local philatelic fraternity have arranged for numerous sendings of air mail next week so their out of town collector friends may receive this souvenir. We urge that you send all of your correspondence next week by Air Mail that this Hampton souvenir may be more widely broadcast.”

[Hampton Union & Rockingham Co. Gazette, Thursday, May 12, 1938.]


Goody Cole Cachet

Another exhibit was also added at the entrance to the Selectmen’s Meeting Room, which are two Tercentenary signs, the “Goody Cole” sign and the “Colonial Hat” sign.

These 2 signs were donated by Earl and Betty Blatchford of Hampton and a history of them appeared in 1938 editions of the Hampton Union and they read as follows:

“The Tercentenary Publicity Committee wishes to announce that the ‘Goody Cole’ and ‘Colonial Hat’ signs now displayed on the electric poles in the Town and at the Beach, are for sale following the celebration at a reasonable sum to all who would like to have one of these unique souvenirs of Hampton’s 300th Anniversary. Applications for these signs should be left with Mr. [William] Brown at the Town Hall.”

[Hampton Union & Rockingham Co. Gazette, Thursday, August 4, 1938.]


[The Blatchford’s also donated a 1938 Tercentenary rubber stamp with the town seal on it, to the town’s achives.]

“The Publicity Committee will sell the ‘Goody Cole’ and ‘Colonial Hat’ tercentenary signs at seventy-five cents each or one dollar a pair. They will make fine permanent souvenirs of Hampton’s 300th Anniversary celebration for your den or game room. The signs may be obtained at the Town Hall.”
ARTHUR PENNIMAN, Chairman, Publicity Committee

[Hampton Union & Rockingham Co. Gazette, Thursday, August 25, 1938]



A 1938 “Goody Cole” Air Mail Cachet envelope was donated in 1999 by John & Connie Holman to the new Hampton Town Office building, and was added to the other displays such as the 1938 photograph of the pageant “The Drama of Winnacunnet”, the 1938 pageant poster and the wooden nickel exhibit.

CERTIFICATE OF MEMBERSHIP
(Write in Your Own Name)……………………….
The Bearer of this Card is an
Associate Member of the
“Goody” Cole Society
of
Hampton Beach, N.H.

(Signed) WILLIAM CRAM, President.
PHYLLIS TUCKER, Secretary.
(Detach This End of Card)


1638  OFFICIAL  1938
Hampton (N.H.) Tercentenary
S O U V E N I R
Replica of Indian Arrow-Head Found
Near Reputed Grave of
Eunice “Goody” Cole
Falsely Accused of Witchcraft in 1656.


M E M B E R S H I P
The purchaser of this Official Souvenir is
entitled to one “Associate Membership” in the
“‘GOODY’ COLE SOCIETY OF HAMPTON, INC.”
Your credential is under the arrow-head.
Hampton Beach Chamber of
Commerce & Development Council.

‘The Society In Hampton Beach for the Apprehension of Those Falsely Accusing Eunice [“Goody”] Cole of Having Familiarity With the Devil”
[Membership card courtesy of the Bill Elliot Estate
& not in original article]