Monthly Archives: February 2011

Fishing Boats in Pigeon Cove, circa 1915

This colorized view of boats in Pigeon Cove is postmarked 1915. It was published by Charles H. Andrews of Pigeon Cove and printed in Germany. The postmark is from Greenfield, Mass., and the card was addressed to a woman in … Continue reading

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The Inner Harbor Near Bearskin Neck, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

In this old view of the harbor, note the fishing schooners docked alongside a large building on T-Wharf. The building was the freezer and cold storage building of the Interstate Fish Corporation. The building was constructed in 1919 and destroyed … Continue reading

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Two Old Views Looking Down Bearskin Neck

Here are two postcards with virtually identical perspectives looking down Bearskin Neck towards town. Both have the exact same caption, both are published by Rockport Photo Bureau and printed by The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. Neither provides a date. Despite … Continue reading

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Phillips Ave., Pigeon Cove, Mass., 1905

The past meets the future in this 1905 view of Phillips Avenue, as a horseless carriage approaches a horse-drawn one. By 1905, Phillips Avenue had been home to a schoolhouse, two hotels and a number of summer cottages. But just … Continue reading

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Panorama of Inner Harbor and Town, Rockport, Mass., circa 1905

This is a folded, double-wide postcard with a panoramic view of the town and harbor of Rockport. It was published no later than 1905 by The Rotograph Co. of New York. The company also sold just the left side of … Continue reading

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Straitsmouth Light, Rockport, Mass., circa 1895

This postcard comes with a bit of mystery. It appears to have been published around 1910 (and is postmarked 1915) and purports to show the Straitsmouth Light. The reverse side of the card describes the light as situated “on the … Continue reading

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Motif No. 1 and Harbor, Rockport, Mass., 1905

Here, once again, is a picture of Rockport’s famous Motif No. 1 well before anyone ever gave it that name. This card is dated 1905, was published by the Rotograph Co., New York City, and was printed in Germany.

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Midsummer Morning, Annisquam River, 1897

I’m sure the calls will be pouring in to the Vintage Rockport complaint department to point out that this picture is of Gloucester, not Rockport. Even so, given that it is such a beautiful photograph and is one of the … Continue reading

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Rockport, Mass., Thatcher’s Island, 1906

Like many old postcards of Thacher Island, this one misspells the name as “Thatcher’s.” This card is postmarked Sept. 3, 1906. It was published by the Hugh C. Leighton Co., Portland, Maine, and printed in Frankfort, Germany. For more about … Continue reading

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Main Street, Rockport, Mass., circa 1906

The quality of this picture is poor but the view of Main Street around 1906 is interesting. It’s too dark to be positive but I am pretty sure there is a trolley on the track, in the center of the … Continue reading

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