Monthly Archives: March 2012

Old Garden Beach, Rockport, Mass., circa 1945

This view of Old Garden Beach was published by Virginia Cleaves Little. She took over the Rockport Photo Bureau after her father, Charles Cleaves, died in 1937. She was active publishing her own images until at least 1946. This linen … Continue reading

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Granite Delivery and Wharf, Rockport, Mass., circa 1908

Here is a view of two three-masted schooners being loaded with granite. The scene is what we now know as Granite Pier and which was then the pier of the Rockport Granite Co. Compare this postcard with this other one (also … Continue reading

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Haskell’s Camp, c. 1920 — And A Special Guest Post!

[Note: What follows is a guest post written by Kimberly Hanson. Haskell's Camp at Loblolly Cove was run by her husband's great grandfather. After I first posted a view of Haskell's Camp, Kimberly posted a comment about her family's ties. … Continue reading

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Saratoga River, Cape Hedge, Rockport, Mass., circa 1906

In the some-things-never-change category, here, more than a century ago, are four young children playing in the Saratoga Creek, between Cape Hedge Beach and Long Beach, just as children do today. The postcard has an Aug. 24, 1908, postmark. The … Continue reading

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Thatcher’s Island By Night, Rockport, Mass., 1924

This nighttime view of the northern lighthouse on Thacher Island is the product of the 1920s version of Photoshop. The image was colored to make it appear to be night, but the exact same image appears as a daytime view in … Continue reading

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All Aboard for the War Ships, Rockport, Mass., circa 1907

As I’ve noted in several earlier posts, the annual summer visits to Rockport of the U.S. Navy’s North Atlantic Fleet were always a major event, with officers and sailors coming ashore for celebrations of every sort. But the visits were … Continue reading

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Chapin’s Gully, Pigeon Cove, Cape Ann, Mass., circa 1910

Chapin’s Gully was named for Edwin Hubbell Chapin, an internationally prominent 19th Century preacher, author and editor of the influential newspaper, the Christian Leader. Chapin spent some 30 summers in Pigeon Cove. He died at his cottage there in 1880, … Continue reading

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Twin Lights off Rockport, Cape Ann, Mass., circa 1902

The coloring is beautiful in this view of the Twin Lights on Thacher Island. The two men on the rocks appear to be looking not at the island, but at something to the left of it. We can only imagine … Continue reading

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Gardens of Francis Howard, Rockport, Mass., circa 1928

Francis G. Howard was a nationally prominent landscape architect widely known for his designs of gardens and garden furniture and ornaments. Born in Maine in 1869, he lived in New York City and summered in Rockport, where he had a … Continue reading

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