Monthly Archives: September 2012

North Atlantic Squadron in Bay, Rockport, Mass., 1906

Above you see both the postcard and the original photograph on which it was based. The view looks out over White Wharf at the U.S. Navy’s North Atlantic Squadron, which was a regular summer visitor to Rockport for many years. … Continue reading

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Live Saving Station, Rockport, Mass., circa 1905

The U.S. Live Saving Station on Gap Cove in Rockport was built in 1889 and remains there today, now a private residence. Originally named the Gap Cove Station, the name was changed to Straitsmouth Station on July 1, 1902. It … Continue reading

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Two Views of The Glen Acre, Pigeon Cove, c. 1915 and 1925

Once a popular Pigeon Cove hotel, The Glen Acre is now a private residence located at 231 Granite Street. It was operated by Mr. and Mrs. John F. Swett and later by Mrs. Swett alone. A 1906 newspaper article describes … Continue reading

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Granite St. in Winter: Real Photo Card Signed by Cleaves, 1926

[Editor's update: Note the comment below that corrects me on the identity of the Emma Cleaves to whom this card was addressed. It was Charles Cleaves' mother Emma, not his sister Emma.] In this real-photo postcard (printed directly from a … Continue reading

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Real Photo Postcard of Sleigh on Granite Street, circa 1920

This image is another of the old photographs and postcards provided to me by Merry Seppala of Pigeon Cove. As you can see, it shows a horse-drawn sleigh, the driver, and five children, on a snow-covered street. The picture was … Continue reading

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Found on the Web: Loblolly Cove and the Twin Lights, c. 1890

This photograph from the early 1890s shows the twin lighthouses of Thacher Island, with Loblolly Cove in the foreground. It would have been taken from somewhere above where Eden Road runs today. According to this 1885 map of the area, … Continue reading

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Driveway to the Rocky Shores, as a Private Estate in 1910

I’ve had two prior posts (here and here) showing these real-photo postcard views of Widcombe-by-the-Sea, built in 1910 as the summer home of Francis Smith and later known as the Rocky Shores Manor. This postcard shows the view down the … Continue reading

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Ye Pine Grove Cottage, Pigeon Cove, Mass., circa 1910

The cottage shown in this real-photo postcard was located on Point de Chene Avenue in Pigeon Cove. I do not know its full history but I do know that for several years, including 1915, it was the summer home of … Continue reading

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Update on The Hamlin House in Pigeon Cove

Last February, I posted a real-photo postcard of a house at 163 Granite Street in Pigeon Cove identified as The Hamlin House. Recently, the owner of what are now two condominiums in the house sent me more historical details. Her … Continue reading

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Found on the Web: Good Harbor Beach, 1890

This photograph shows Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, circa 1890. The twin lighthouses of Thacher Island are dimly visible in the background, between Salt Island to the right and Brier Neck to the left. Note the barns where the footbridge … Continue reading

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