Someone has just teed off in this 1920s-era view of a foursome at the Rockport Country Club. Note the old-style golf slacks that end just below the knee. Also note the young man sitting by the tee. Could he be a caddy or just the son of a golfer?
The Rockport Country Club formally opened to the public on July 3, 1915. The idea for it hatched in 1911, when townspeople hoped a golf course would attract more summer visitors. The original plan included not only the golf course, but also tennis courts and a baseball field.
During the Great Depression of the 1930s, the club fell on hard times. From a membership of 225 in 1929, the number fell to 40 by 1935. That year, the club was sold for $1,500 to a group that reformed it into the Rockport Golf Club. Soon, its membership was growing once again.
This postcard was published by the Rockport Photo Bureau. It is postally unused and undated. Based on the similarity of the reverse side to other postcards, I estimate its date to be around 1928.
Compare this postcard of Long Beach from around 1925 with this one from circa 1936. The coloring and perspective are similar, and both are from the same publisher, E.C. McIntire of Gloucester. In the postcard above, note that there was not yet the seawall that today separates the cottages from the ocean. Apart from that, little has changed.
For other views of Long Beach, see the posts tagged Long Beach.
Composition and color combine in this postcard to make a simple scene visually striking. The postcard has no date, but its publisher, The Hugh C. Leighton Co. of Portland, Maine, was in business only from 1906-1909. So it is fair to estimate that this view is from roughly 1907.
As for the location of this scene, I welcome any suggestions. Looks to me like somewhere along the Annisquam River, near Wingaersheek Beach.
This postcard shows Rockport harbor, with its two fishing shacks — the closest the famous Motif No. 1 — and the breakwater in the background.
The publisher of this postcard, The Rotograph Co. of New York City, was in business only from 1904 to 1911. This postcard has a divided back, which indicates that it was printed after 1907, the year the U.S. postal service first allowed divided-back postcards. I estimate it to be from roughly 1908.
Recently, I posted two views of the old Annisquam Cotton Mill, showing it before and after the 1882 fire that destroyed it. This real-photo postcard is another view of the mill’s ruins.
The perspective appears to be looking west from the corner of Broadway and Mt. Pleasant Street, with Broadway to the left in the photo and the photographer situated on Mt. Pleasant near T-Wharf.
The ruins were removed in 1904 — 22 years after the fire. That is only a year or two after real photo postcards were introduced. Thus, the photo must be from 1903 or 1904.
This winter view of the Pigeon Hill Granite Company’s wharf in Pigeon Cove was probably photographed by Charles Cleaves from his home at the top of Pasture Road. This is a real-photo postcard from the collection of Pigeon Cove resident Merry Seppala.
The back of the postcard bears the imprint of the company that manufactured it, Cyko. One of the earliest makers of real-photo postcard paper, Cyko started producing postcards in 1904. The back of this card is undivided, which indicates it was used prior to 1907.
For another view of the Pigeon Hill Granite Company wharf, see here.
This real-photo postcard has not survived in good shape; it is spotted and some of the detail is lost. It is another of the postcards graciously loaned to me by Merry Seppala of Pigeon Cove, who is a relative of Charles Cleaves, the photographer and founder of the Rockport Photo Bureau. The scene shows Cleaves’ house at the top of Pasture Road in Pigeon Cove, and two boys shoveling after what looks to have been a major snowstorm.
The postcard is not dated. It has an undivided back, which generally indicates that it is from the period 1901 to 1907, when postal laws allowed only addresses, no messages, on the back of postcards.
I recently posted another card, also from Merry, that shows a winter view looking down Pasture Road from the vicinity of Cleaves’ house, out over Sandy Bay.