Author Archives: Robert Ambrogi

Sally Stockman Tarr, c. 1890

The origin of this real-photo postcard is a mystery, but the person it pictures is not. More about the mystery later, but first some information about the person. According to the caption handwritten beneath the photo, this is Sally Stockman … Continue reading

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An Outing to Thacher Island, 1906

Hard to say whether this serious-looking group is enjoying what must have been a day trip to Thacher Island. It looks like they might have just finished lunch, as there seems to be some sort of pot on the ground … Continue reading

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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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