Author Archives: Robert Ambrogi

The Witch House, Pigeon Cove, Mass., c. 1915

This is a real-photo postcard of the house that still stands at 188 Granite Street in Pigeon Cove. The house — which is listed on The National Register of Historic Places — is often called the Witch House thanks to … Continue reading

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Engine House No. 1, Rockport, Mass., c. 1912

This engine house on Front Beach in Rockport was home to the Sandy Bay fire company until 1939, when a new combined fire and police station was built on Broadway. The core of this building was originally constructed as a … Continue reading

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The Bowling Alley on Bearskin Neck, c. 1938

A recent posting here show a view across T-Wharf towards Bearskin Neck and the building that once was adjacent to (or part of) Waddell’s boat yard. Someone posted a comment asking if it was true that the building once housed … Continue reading

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The James Babson Shop, Built in 1658

The earliest grant of land in what is now Rockport was to James Babson in 1658. It consisted of 32 acres in the area long known as Beaver Dam. After Babson acquired it, the property became known as the James … Continue reading

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Two Views of 11 Long Branch Ave., 1909 and 1913

Here are two real-photo postcards, both showing the cottage that still stands at 11 Long Branch Avenue in Pigeon Cove. The second card identifies the cottage by the name Sans Souci.¬†According to an online realty site, the house was originally … Continue reading

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U.S. Life Saving Station, Rockport, in Living Color, 1905

Here is a colorized version of a card I previously posted in black and white, showing the life saving station at Gap Cove in Rockport. Both cards are from The Rotograph Company in New York and bear a 1905 copyright … Continue reading

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The Recchia Home, 6 Summer St., Rockport, 1906

Everyone in Rockport knows the iconic statue of a baby riding a frog that stands adjacent to the Rockport Art Association on Main Street. The sculptor and portrait artist who created that piece, Richard H. Recchia, and his wife, the … Continue reading

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Headrock Beach (Old Garden), Rockport, Mass., c. 1937

I have sometimes seen Old Garden Beach called by the name on this postcard, Headrock Beach. Perhaps the name is from the large, head-shaped rock that sits near the beach’s far end. As you may be able to see from … Continue reading

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Gap Cove, Rockport, Mass., circa 1915

This view is looking from Straitsmouth Point across Gap Cove, with the Twin Lights of Thacher Island in the distance. The Straitsmouth Inn would have been a bit farther down the road to the left. The two shed-like buildings were … Continue reading

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Found on the Web: Gap Head and Straitsmouth, 1888

This 1888 photograph is described as a view of Rockport Point with Straitsmouth Island in the background. This point is more commonly known as Gap Head or Straitsmouth Point. What is remarkable about this view is that it is before … Continue reading

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