This real-photo postcard shows the view from Paradise Cliff along Eden Road in Rockport. In the distance is Thacher Island and its twin lighthouses, while a schooner passes between the island and the shore.
As I explained in an earlier post, this area off Flat Rock along Eden Road was developed as a community of cottages just after the turn of the century. The developer, J.F. Reynolds, himself lived in a house at 34 Eden Road, right at the corner where Eden Road turns sharply westward after following the coastline in a northerly direction.
From what I could find out about Reynolds, he was an artist who lived for a time in the South End of Boston, in a building at 110 Tremont St. called the Studio Building, which housed artists’ studios, theater companies and other businesses.
This is a real photo postcard produced by Rockport Stationery Co. That company went out of business in 1913. The reverse also bears the imprint of the real photo process manufacturer, Velox, which indicates it was produced sometime after 1907. Given those two clues, I estimate this picture to be from around 1910.