At the time of this picture, Surf Song, located on Point de Chene Avenue in Pigeon Cove, was the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Frederic H. Ripley and their daughter Grace. Mr. Ripley was the principal of the Prince School at the corner of Newbury and Exeter Streets in Boston. Reportedly, he was a direct descendant of Mary Chilton, who was said to be the first European woman to step ashore from the Mayflower at Plymouth Rock.
Ripley was nationally known, at least in education circles, for having co-edited the Natural Course in Music in 1895, a book that was seen as a major advance in the method of teaching music in schools. In December 1917, he gave a paper to the Music Teachers’ National Association annual meeting in New Orleans in which he explained the theory behind his book and his approach to teaching music.
Ripley retired from the Boston schools in 1923 and died in 1941 at the age of 86. His obituary in the Boston Daily Globe said that his music books “are now in schools throughout the world,” and that, in his later years, Mr. Ripley regularly visited Munich, Germany, to take part in Mozart and Wagner festivals there.
The house pictured at right is, I believe, the same house today, although with some modifications. Located at 1 Point de Chene Avenue, it has the same, distinctive A-shaped roof, chimney and dormers on the right side. As you can see, the left side has been modified, as has the porch. Zillow lists this house as having been constructed in 1880.
This postcard was published by the Rockport Photo Bureau. It is undated but appears to be from approximately 1918.