Monthly Archives: April 2011

General View Rockport from Highway, Pigeon Cove, c. 1915

This harvesting scene shows Knowlton’s Field at Rowe Point long before the site was developed into the condominiums that now occupy the site. At the center is a horse-drawn wagon full of harvested grass. A figure in white stands on … Continue reading

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Charles H. Cleaves, Rockport Photographer, in 1900

Regular readers of this blog may recognize the name Charles H. Cleaves as the founder of the Rockport Photo Bureau, the company that produced many early postcards of Rockport. (Click on the Rockport Photo Bureau tag in the right-hand column … Continue reading

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Off Topic: Roger McGuinn, Then and Now

The legendary Roger McGuinn, cofounder of The Byrds, is performing Friday night at Rockport Music. I am thrilled to have tickets to this sold-out show. I thought this would be the first time I’d see him live. Then, over the … Continue reading

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Watching the Launching, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

Here is a companion to the postcard published here earlier this week, The Inner Harbor after the Launching. This time, we see the scene during the launching. Onlookers line the pier beside Motif No. 1 to get a good view. … Continue reading

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The Inner Harbor After the Launching, Rockport, Mass., c. 1920

An earlier post here showed the launching of the “Evelyn and Ralph,” a reminder that shipbuilding was once common on Rockport’s Bearskin Neck. Another postcard showed a ship under construction on the Neck. This postcard, by the Rockport Photo Bureau, … Continue reading

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How a Rockport Fire Spawned Gorton’s of Gloucester

By way of Parlez-Moi Blog, I learned of this great little video about Gloucester produced by seafood giant Gorton’s of Gloucester. It reminded me of a tidbit I came across about how a disastrous fire in Rockport led to the … Continue reading

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Thatcher Light, Thatcher’s Island of Cape Ann, Mass., c. 1905

This postcard has an undivided back, which indicates it was produced sometime between 1901 and 1907. It shows the famous Twin Lights of Thacher Island. This card was published by The Metropolitan News Co., Boston, Mass., and printed in Germany.

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The Old Lane Down Pigeon Hill, Pigeon Cove, c. 1925

What goes up must come down. Yesterday’s post featured the old lane up Pigeon Hill. Here is the same lane, looking down the hill. If you look carefully, you can see the ocean and, to the right, the Rockport coast. … Continue reading

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The Old Lane up Pigeon Hill, Pigeon Cove, Mass., circa 1915

An earlier post here featured the view from the top of Pigeon Hill. Once described as a view “excelled nowhere on the New England coast,” it can no longer be seen, now obstructed by trees. This postcard shows the road … Continue reading

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Bearskin Neck and the ‘Yellow Bowl,’ Rockport, Mass., c. 1929

Compare this view of Bearskin Neck with the lower one in this post.┬áBoth are by Rockport Photo Bureau and appear to be from the same time period. Who knows, they could have both been shot the same day. This one … Continue reading

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