Tag Archives: Motif No. 1

Rockport Then and Now — Motif No. 1

Here is another “then and now” image created by my son, Ben Ambrogi, by fusing a scene from an old postcard with the same scene as it looks today. For another “then and now” image, see Rockport Then and Now … Continue reading

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For Motif No. 1 Day, A Gallery of Motif No. 1 Views

In recognition of Motif No. 1 Day tomorrow in Rockport, here is a gallery of views of our famous landmark.

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The Wharf, Rockport, Mass., circa 1905

This postcard shows Rockport harbor, with its two fishing shacks — the closest the famous Motif No. 1 — and the breakwater in the background. This is a colorized version of a black-and-white card I posted previously. Both are from … Continue reading

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Annisquam Cotton Mill, Before and After the 1882 Fire

For more than 50 years, the Annisquam Cotton Mill dominated downtown Rockport, filling the area along Broadway between School Street and Main Street. In operation since 1847, the mill was destroyed by fire in 1882. Even though the mill never … Continue reading

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Found on the Web: Rockport Harbor, 1905

Here is a 1905 view of Rockport harbor, shot from the steeple of the Congregational Church. Click on the image for an enlarged view. I believe this is from the Detroit Publishing Company, many of whose images were reproduced as … Continue reading

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The Old Stone Wharves, Rockport, Mass., circa 1925

These two postcards show the exact same scene and come from the same publisher, but there are subtle differences between them. In particular, note the clouds — they are vastly different in the two views. The probable reason for this … Continue reading

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Motif No. 1, Off for the Battleship, Rockport, Mass., circa 1934

On this Memorial Day, here is a view of sailors departing from T-Wharf to return to their ship. I’ve posted other views of sailors arriving and departing — such as this from around 1907 and this also from 1907 — … Continue reading

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Harbor, Breakwater & Fleet, Rockport, Mass., circa 1906

Here is a circa 1906 view of T-Wharf and Motif No. 1 beyond it. The wooden structure on T-Wharf is the coal pocket where coal was stored. It was later replaced by a cold storage building. T-Wharf was built in … Continue reading

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Elevated View of the Town, Harbor and Bearskin Neck, c. 1920

In this view of Rockport, you can see the cold storage building that stood on T-Wharf from 1919 to 1923. (See this post for more information on that building and another view of it.) You can also see Motif No. … Continue reading

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Three ‘Fishermen’ of Cape Ann at the Old Wharf, Rockport, Mass., c. 1942

Note that the fishing shack you see here is not the famed Motif No. 1. Rather, it is the very similar shack that stood on the wharf now known as Tuna Wharf. You can see the two wharves with the … Continue reading

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