Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sailors Landing from Warships, Rockport, Mass., circa 1907

As I’ve mentioned in posts before, the town went all out to greet the visiting sailors when the U.S. Navy’s North Atlantic Squadron made its annual visit to Rockport. Although the quality of this picture is poor, it shows sailors … Continue reading

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Halibut Point, Pigeon Cove, Mass., 1905

This postcard needs no explanation. Besides the small sailboat in the center of the picture, note the sails of a larger schooner in the background, just over Halibut Point. The postcard shows a copyright date of 1905. It was published … Continue reading

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A Cape Ann Fisherman, 1905

This hand-colored picture of a Cape Ann fisherman is based on the black and white photograph shown to the right. It was taken sometime between 1900 and 1905 for the Detroit Publishing Company, which published this postcard in 1905. The … Continue reading

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Southern Lighthouse and Fog Whistle, Thacher Island, circa 1922

Of the two lighthouses on Thacher Island, one — the southern tower shown here — is owned by the town of Rockport. The other, the northern tower, is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is maintained as … Continue reading

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Map of Land’s End, Rockport, Mass., circa 1885

Here is a circa 1885 map showing the Land’s End section of Rockport, from Loblolly Cove on the left to Pebble Beach on the right. In the center of the map is the Turk’s Head Inn and winding along the … Continue reading

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For Motif No. 1 Day, a Motif No. 1 Art Class, circa 1961

For Motif No. 1 Day, here’s a postcard that kind of sums up why we celebrate this old fishing shack. The caption on the back says: Outdoor art class at Rockport, Mass. Motif #1 most painted subject in U.S. Whether … Continue reading

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Two Views of Rockport’s Award Winning Motif No. 1 Float, 1933

Tomorrow is Motif No. 1 Day, Rockport’s annual celebration of its iconic fishing shack. In conjunction with that, Leslie D. Bartlett will premiere his film tonight, The Fish Shack Float that Charmed Chicago, the story of Rockport’s first-prize-winning entry in … Continue reading

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Main Street, Pigeon Cove, Showing Tool Factory, c. 1915

This old view of a sleepy Main Street in Pigeon Cove shows the now-abandoned Cape Ann Tool Company to the right and the trolley tracks that once circled Cape Ann to the left. A sign on the third utility pole … Continue reading

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The Fleet in Harbor, Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

Here is another view of the warships of the U.S. Navy’s North Atlantic Squadron at anchor in Rockport Harbor. For other views and to read more about the annual visits of these ships, see my other posts tagged “warships.” The … Continue reading

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Fishing Boats, Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

The coloring of this postcard makes it look more like a modern painting than a 100-year-old postcard. One source I found attributed this look to the crude form of hand coloring used by the postcard’s publisher, E.C. McIntire of Gloucester. … Continue reading

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