The above picture is the New Haven, CT house. I believe this was taken many many years after the Carpenters lived here. From my understanding, the one car garage was converted to a family since that time. Agnes Carpenter was also know to be very fastidious about her housework as described by a family friend and neighbor Debbie Vaiuso. So I would agree this photo was taken not too long ago.
Karen Carpenter, pictured left at the age of 1, was born March 2, 1950 in New Haven, CT at the Grace New Haven Hospital.
By the time Karen was born Richard, age 3 1/2, showed an interest in music. Karen would join Richard in the basement of their home showing some interest in the music while listening to their fathers LP’s. Karen, in her own words, was “a tomboy, enjoying softball, baseball, and badminton in the street and on the big lawn of her home” with friends. She still showed no musical inclination. Karen shared an interest in music because of her admiration of her brother. “If he listened to music, I did. I did everything he did. Thusly, every record we’ve ever listened to is embedded in my mind.”
Karen was still trying out instruments such as the flute and accordion, but showed little interest. She was interested more in cycling, and other physical sports.
At age 10, Karen displayed a normal and healthy appetite. She was a local favorite because of her funny and caring personality. It was at this age that she was also hurt by other kids teasing her for her tendency to chubbiness. Puberty occurred for Karen around the age of 12 or 13. Her parents stated that her “weightiness” did not bother her at that age and that she accepted any teasing about it cheerfully. Frank Bonito, a good friend of Karen’s, observes now: “I think she always felt she was unattractive. Especially when she became a woman she had large hips. No matter how thin she got on top, her hips were always big.”
Karen and Richard
Karen and Richard pictured with their
parents Harold and Agnes