Author Archives: Robert Ambrogi

Bailey Cottage, Pigeon Cove, built 1896

This cottage sits at the corner of Ocean Ave. and Haven Ave. in Pigeon Cove. The caption indicates it was built in 1896. As you can see from the photo below, it is still there, now with its front porch … Continue reading

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Family Photos of Long Beach in 1920 and 1936

Dave Matthews is a marketing, mergers and acquisitions consultant in Stowe, Vt., who has seen five generations of his family spend a portion of their summers on Long Beach, which straddles the Rockport/Gloucester line. Dave generously sent along these photos … Continue reading

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Ice-Covered Rockport Harbor, c. 1935-1955

Here’s one I found on the Web, showing an ice-covered Rockport harbor. In the background, you can see the old bowling alley near the foot of Bearskin Neck. The photograph was taken by photographer Arthur Griffin sometime between 1935 and … Continue reading

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Freezer and Cold Storage Building of the Interstate Fish Corporation, 1918

In 1918, George W. Perkins — described in news reports as a “prominent fish magnate” — constructed this freezer and cold storage building on T-Wharf in Rockport. Perkins had scouted locations along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts before settling … Continue reading

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Life Saving Station and Straitsmouth Inn, Rockport, Mass., c. 1915

Even though the Life Saving Station and the Straitsmouth Inn were nearby each other on Rockport’s Gap Head, it is rare to see them together in the same postcard. This view looks across Gap Cove from along Marmion Way, and … Continue reading

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Boiling Spring, Pigeon Cove, Mass., c. 1912

I need your help with this one. The location depicted in this postcard is a mystery to me. I am hoping that some astute readers can provide me with more information. Some sources believe it was in the area of … Continue reading

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Old Garden Beach, Rockport, Mass., circa 1935

This is a linen postcard showing Rockport’s Old Garden Beach. Although it is undated, I estimate it to be from around 1935 for a couple of reasons. For one, linen postcards were produced primarily from 1930 to 1945, so it … Continue reading

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