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‘Our Cape Ann Home': Manning’s Words and Music

Earlier today I mentioned the lecture tomorrow about William Manning. Besides being an inventor, a manufacturer and a musician, Manning was also a songwriter. The sheet music for one of his songs, “Our Cape Ann Home,” is included in the … Continue reading

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Historical Society Presents Manning Lecture Tomorrow

I’ve had a couple of posts here about William N. Manning, the Rockport resident in the 1800s who once operated a factory in Millbrook Meadow manufacturing melodeons, a type of organ popular in the 19th century. Tomorrow night, Nov. 8, … Continue reading

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Front Beach, Rockport, Mass., circa 1935

Apart from the styles of the bathing suits, this Front Beach scene from around 1935 looks pretty much the same today. What changes there have been are mostly architectural. The mansard-roofed building in the center background has been replaced by … Continue reading

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The Manning House, Rockport, Mass., circa 1943

A post earlier this week talked about William N. Manning, the Rockport resident who once manufactured melodeons — a kind of organ — in a factory in Millbrook Meadow. In this postcard, you see the house where Manning lived. It … Continue reading

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Manning’s Patent Organ Melodeons, Rockport, circa 1875

Walk through Millbrook Meadow today and it is hard to believe this quiet, bucolic place was once the location of a large, steam-powered factory. Built in 1871, the factory originally housed the American Hide Seat Company. In 1874, the factory … Continue reading

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