Monthly Archives: November 2011

Main St., Showing Poole’s Drugs, Rockport, Mass., c. 1914

This postcard was published by J. Sidney Poole and shows Poole’s Pharmacy, the drugstore he operated at the corner of Main and Beach streets. I believe he lived upstairs from the pharmacy. Poole was a descendant of John Pool, who … Continue reading

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Rising Sun Behind the Twin Lights, Rockport, Mass., c. 1906

This view of the Twin Lights on Thacher Island appears on several postcards from the early 1900s. This particular one is unique for the publisher’s addition of the rays of the rising sun emanating from behind the island. Something else … Continue reading

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The Billingsgate, Rockport, Mass., circa 1912

The home shown in this postcard still stands, as you can see in the picture below, which I took just this week. It is located at the southern end of South Street, just past Penzance Road. Note how much the … Continue reading

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Driftwood Farm, Rockport, Mass., c. 1937-1940

Driftwood Farm was the home of J. Raymond Smith, a man well known in Rockport for the lumber yard and hardware store he operated, and his wife, Edna L. Smith. Driftwood Farm was also operated as a guest house, managed … Continue reading

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Railroad Station, Rockport, Mass., c. 1911

Compare this view of the Rockport railroad station with this other one from the same time period. They focus on pretty much the same view, but from opposite sides of the depot house. I assume the dirt-covered lot in front … Continue reading

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The House of the Whispering Pines, Phillips Ave., c. 1912

During the summer of 1912, the Boston School Committee was hoping to convince Franklin B. Dyer to become the city’s new superintendent of schools. Dyer, then superintendent of schools in Cincinnati, was not eager to come to Boston. But by … Continue reading

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‘Our Cape Ann Home': Manning’s Words and Music

Earlier today I mentioned the lecture tomorrow about William Manning. Besides being an inventor, a manufacturer and a musician, Manning was also a songwriter. The sheet music for one of his songs, “Our Cape Ann Home,” is included in the … Continue reading

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