Monthly Archives: July 2011

Town Hall, Rockport, Mass., circa 1909

Compare this postcard of Rockport’s former town hall with this black and white one. Also, read the text I posted along with that earlier card for some of the history of this building. Neither of these two cards has a … Continue reading

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Round House Studio of Harrison Cady, circa 1930

This distinctive round building, which still stands on Atlantic Ave. overlooking Rockport harbor, was for many years the studio of artist and illustrator Harrison Cady. Cady is best known for his collaboration with writer Thornton W. Burgess, producing dozens of … Continue reading

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Pigeon Hill, Back When it was ‘Bald,’ circa 1915

Pigeon Hill is the highest point in Rockport. As I wrote here before, its summit once provided a panoramic view that a writer in 1873 said “is excelled nowhere on the New England coast.” Now, the hill is overgrown with … Continue reading

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Sandy Bay Club House, Rockport, Mass., circa 1913

What you see in the picture is the building that currently houses the Rockport Art Association at 12 Main St. Built in 1787 and known as the Old Tavern, the building was originally a sea captain’s house. Over the years, … Continue reading

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Old Garden Beach, Rockport, Mass., circa 1912

The image quality of this postcard is poor and no publisher or publication date are identified. Although no publisher is identified, the reverse side has a distinctive format that matches other cards I have with postmarks from 1910 to 1914. … Continue reading

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Annisquam Light, Gloucester, Mass., 1904

Forgive me this trespass into Gloucester and out of Rockport, but this photograph of the Annisquam Light is so beautiful I could not resist the temptation. Here you see both the postcard and the original image on which it was … Continue reading

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Cape Pond, Rockport, Mass., circa 1914

Nowadays, everyone on Cape Ann knows who holds bragging rights as the coolest guys around. But Cape Pond Ice┬ábecame known well beyond Cape Ann when it was featured in both the book and the movie, The Perfect Storm. Cape Pond … Continue reading

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The Loading Dock (Granite Pier), Rockport, Mass., 1908

This postcard provides a view of the level of industry that once dominated Granite Pier in Rockport. Now primarily used to launch and moor recreational boats and some lobster boats, Granite Pier was once the primary point of transit for … Continue reading

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