Author Archives: Robert Ambrogi

Famous Twin Lights, Thatcher’s Island, 1905

This beautiful image of the Twin Lights on Thachers Island bears the inscription, “Copyright 1905, Martha H. Harvey, Annisquam.” I have another of Harvey’s images in a postcard from 1897 showing the Annisquam River. Note that the postcard also references … Continue reading

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Ketchopulos Meat Market, circa 1950

Until the early 1970s, Ketchopulos Meat Market occupied the space at 19 Broadway that is now the location of Rockport House of Pizza. By all accounts, the market was a favorite of locals and tourists alike. But it was the … Continue reading

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Surf on Beach Street Near Fo’Penny Knoll, Big Storm of March 4, 1931

As this postcard documents, a major nor’easter hit the Massachusetts and New Hampshire coasts on Wednesday, March 4, 1931, bringing snow, howling winds and the highest tide in 21 years. The Boston Globe called it the most destructive storm since … Continue reading

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Come See Vintage Rockport Tuesday at Rockport Public Library

Join us this Tuesday evening, Aug. 9, for a slideshow presentation of postcards from this blog and from my collection. The presentation will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Rockport Public Library on Broadway. The event is sponsored by the … Continue reading

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A Foggy Day At Loblolly, Rockport, Mass., c. 1920

Thacher Island and its Twin Lights are dimly visible through the fog in this postcard. The view over Loblolly Cove is from somewhere above Eden Road near where it intersects with Penzance Road. On several older maps of the area, … Continue reading

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Sunset, Rockport, Mass. circa 1904

Here is a classic view of the sun setting over Rockport harbor, as seen from the Headlands. This postcard was postmarked on Aug. 19, 1912, but the picture has to be earlier than that because of what it shows. Note … Continue reading

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Dock Square, Rockport, Mass., c. 1928

A shoe repair sign is prominent on the right side of this circa 1928 view of Dock Square in Rockport. It is difficult to make out here, but on the road out to Bearskin Neck, near the center of the … Continue reading

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