Here is a unique postcard showing the view out over Rockport from the Leander M. Haskins Hospital at the top of Summit Ave. (I’ve written before about the hospital and the man it was named for.)
I find myself stumped trying to figure out the brown-roofed building on the left. It appears to be on Bearskin Neck, but I am not aware of there ever being so large a building on the Neck. If you know what it might be, please let me know.
The postcard was published The Robbins Bros. Company, Boston, and printed in Germany. The company was in business only from 1907 to 1912. Robbins had many of its postcards printed and distributed through the Metropolitan News Company, a larger Boston postcard publisher, which is indicated here by the “MN Co” logo on the right side of the card.
(On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, the Sandy Bay Historical Society will present a lecture on the Haskins Hospital, featuring Debra Legg and Gwen Stephenson. The event is at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Public Library.)
I think that sometimes the colorist hasn’t a clue about the scene, probably has a knowledge of the necessary close-up subjects having made notes of house color, clothing, etc. and then the background is rather improvised from shades of gray.
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