I’m sure the calls will be pouring in to the Vintage Rockport complaint department to point out that this picture is of Gloucester, not Rockport. Even so, given that it is such a beautiful photograph and is one of the oldest postcards I have, I had to share it. (For readers unfamiliar with the area, Annisquam is a village within the city of Gloucester.)
The 1897 photograph is by Martha H. Harvey. What little I could find about her online suggests that she was a photographer active in the 1890s. I believe she lived in Annisquam and was married to George W. Harvey, a painter. I have seen a couple of recent references to sales of her photographs through art galleries (such as this one). I also found references to her photographs used as book illustrations (such as here).
If anyone has more information about either Martha or George Harvey, please share it below.