This postcard provides a view of the level of industry that once dominated Granite Pier in Rockport. Now primarily used to launch and moor recreational boats and some lobster boats, Granite Pier was once the primary point of transit for the Rockport Granite Company. (My last post showed a view looking out towards this pier from Flat Ledge Quarry, under the stone bridge.) The large buildings and three-masted schooners have long since disappeared from this view.
This postcard was published by the Souther-Mears Co., Boston, Mass., and was printed in Germany. According to the information I’ve been able to find, this company published postcards only for two years, 1908-1910. This postcard bears a Pigeon Cove postmark dated July 17, 1908 — almost exactly 103 years ago.