Monthly Archives: September 2011

Front Beach, Rockport, Mass., 1906

Compare this 1906 view of Front Beach with this one from 1905 and this one from 1935. It is interesting that the 1905 card shows the beach almost deserted, with the tide out, whereas this one shows a crowded beach … Continue reading

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Mr. and Mrs. Elis Stenman Inside Their Paper House, circa 1932

In 1922, Elis F. Stenman, a mechanical engineer living in Cambridge, and his wife Esther bought land in the Pigeon Cove section of Rockport to build a summer house. They had been fascinated by a trend to use newspaper for … Continue reading

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Birch Bark Framed View of Twin Lights, 1906

At the Gloucester block party tonight, I stopped in Bodin Historic Photo, where Fred Bodin asked me whether I’d seen any postcards where the image appears to be framed in birch bark. He just acquired several such cards with images … Continue reading

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The Pavilion, Long Beach, Gloucester, circa 1910

Long Beach starts in Gloucester and ends in Rockport, and the Long Beach Pavilion was once a popular stop for tourists traveling from one town to the other — provided they were traveling by foot, because Thatcher Road had not … Continue reading

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Train Depot, Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

If not for the enterprise of the people of Rockport, there might never have been a train coming here. In 1847, the Eastern Railroad Corporation open a railroad line for travel to Gloucester. The people of Rockport implored the company … Continue reading

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Common and Square, Rockport, Mass., circa 1912

The view here is from Broadway looking south. Mt. Pleasant St. is to the left and High St. comes into it from the right. The diagonal cross street to the right of the common is no longer there. To the … Continue reading

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