Author Archives: Robert Ambrogi

Rockport Granite Eagle for Boston’s Custom House Tower, c. 1914

In 1908, planning began to expand the Custom House on State Street in Boston, originally built in 1837. The preeminent architecture firm Peabody and Stearns won the commission for the design. When expanding horizontally proved unfeasible, the idea was hatched … Continue reading

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Rockport Granite Photos: Granite Pier or Bay View?

These are two prints of photographs taken by Herman W. Spooner of workers at the Rockport Granite Co. The photographs are undated but were most likely taken between 1900 and 1910. The question is where they were taken — Granite … Continue reading

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Walter Julian’s Barbershop, Main St., Rockport, 1973

Is there a man in Rockport who has not had his hair cut by Walter Julian at some point in his life? His Main Street barbershop is a local institution. Can anyone name the young boy getting a trim? The photo … Continue reading

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Two Identical Views of Whale’s Jaw, 1908 and 1920

These two cards are different in their printing and quality, but both show the same scene of the Whale’s Jaw in Dogtown and both came from the same printer, Edwin C. McIntire of Gloucester. The top card is postmarked Sept. … Continue reading

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Children’s Day, Long Beach, Cape Ann, Mass., c. 1907

Back in the days when electric trolleys ran from Gloucester to Long Beach, the trolley company built this pavilion there. It housed a restaurant, dance hall, bowling alley and vaudeville theater. The pavilion was built in 1895. According to comments … Continue reading

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Granite Delivery and Wharf, Rockport, Mass., c. 1909

This postcard shows two separate wharves where granite was loaded onto schooners for shipment to places near and far. In the foreground is the present-day Granite Pier, then the wharf of the Rockport Granite Co. Behind it is the wharf … Continue reading

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Main Street, Rockport, Mass., circa 1907

This view shows Main Street in Rockport around 1907. The card was postmarked in Gloucester on July 23, 1907. It is a divided-back postcard, a type of postcard that was first produced in 1907. To the right is a screen … Continue reading

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Two Views of the Hospital, Rockport, Mass., both c. 1907

Here are two views of the former Leander M. Haskins Hospital, which stood at the top of Summit Ave., on what is now known as Hospital Hill. As I’ve previously noted in posts here and here, Haskins was a prominent … Continue reading

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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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