Monthly Archives: June 2011

Stone Bridge, Rockport Granite Co., c. 1906

As I noted in an earlier post, the Rockport Granite Company built this 65-f00t arched bridge in 1872. It took just 11 weeks to build and, at the time, was one of the largest bridges in the state. The view … Continue reading

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The Bay and Shore from Marmion Way, Rockport, 1905

This 1905 view of Marmion Way is looking towards Old Garden Beach and The Headlands. The two houses in the far distance, slightly to the right of the picture’s center, are on The Headlands. You can see a much closer … Continue reading

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Pigeon Cove Harbor, Cape Ann, Mass., circa 1912

The postmark on this card is dated June 18, but the year is obliterated. It is definitely a pre-1917 postcard, but not older than 1907. It was published by E.C. McIntire, Gloucester, and printed in Germany. As I’ve noted before, … Continue reading

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The Harbor, Rockport, Mass., 1906

Here you see a 1906 postcard of Rockport harbor, published by Detroit Publishing Co., and below it the actual photograph that was the source of the postcard’s image. The photograph is from the Library of Congress collection. The Detroit Publishing … Continue reading

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Gill Netters at Motif No. 1, Rockport, Mass., 1945

Compare this scene of Motif No. 1 with this one, both photographed by Virginia Cleaves Little. One of these boats has the same name as one in the other picture, the “Joe D’Ambrosio, Boston.” I cannot make out the names … Continue reading

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Shipwreck on Long Beach, Rockport, 1902

On Feb. 28, 1902, during a fierce gale, the British tramp steamer Wilster, headed for Boston with a cargo of 3,000 tons of sugar, ran aground on a ledge near Thacher Island. It soon came free, but then washed ashore … Continue reading

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Old Castle, Pigeon Cove, Mass., circa 1912

Everyone agrees that that the Old Castle in Pigeon Cove is old. Exactly how old, however, is subject to some debate. The caption of this postcard says it was built in 1678. That would be awfully early, given that the … Continue reading

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Anthony Thacher’s Shipwreck, As Told In His Own Words

Thacher Island gets its name from Anthony Thacher, who was shipwrecked there in 1635 while sailing with his family from Ipswich to Marblehead. He and his wife survived, but the ship’s 21 other passengers, including his four children, all drowned. … Continue reading

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Twin Lights, Thatcher’s Island, Cape Ann, Mass., 1905

This colorized view of the Twin Lights on Thacher Island is from 1905. It was published by the Rotograph Co. of New York City and printed in Germany.

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Old Cape Ann Sloop Sailing Through the Gap, circa 1925

This postcard shows a “Cape Ann sloop” sailing through the gap between Straitsmouth Island and Gap Head. The Straitsmouth Island lighthouse is visible in the background. The postcard was published by Rockport Photo Bureau and printed by The Albertype Co., … Continue reading

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