Author Archives: Robert Ambrogi

Best Wishes from Rockport Postmaster ‘Uncle Bill’, 1909

Here is a highly unusual postcard that was both printed for and sent by William E. Parsons, long known around Rockport as “Uncle Bill” or “Uncle Billy.” Parsons was postmaster of Rockport between 1898 and 1914 and also gained acclaim … Continue reading

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The Road to Bearskin Neck, Rockport, Mass., c. 1934

In this view looking down Bearskin Neck, we can see three reminders of Rockport’s bygone days. The first can be found on the building that is slightly to the left of the picture’s center. Today, this building houses The Pewter … Continue reading

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Two Views Of Artists On The Headlands, c. 1930 and 1945

As evidence that some things never change, here are two postcards, roughly 15 years apart, showing artists painting Rockport’s picturesque harbor from above it on The Headlands. One is just as likely to encounter the same scene today (in warmer … Continue reading

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Thatchers Twin Lights, From Turks Head Inn, c. 1910

This undated postcard shows a view of the Twin Lights of Thacher Island as seen from the Turk’s Head Inn, which formerly stood at the location of the present-day Cape Hedge Inn. The inn was originally constructed in 1888 or … Continue reading

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Rockport Harbor in Winter, c. 1935-1955

I found this image on the Web. Like another I have showing Rockport harbor in winter, it was taken by photographer Arthur Griffin. The date of the photo is identified only as sometime between 1935 and 1955. 

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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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