Author Archives: Robert Ambrogi

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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Cape Hedge Inn and Pebble Stone Beach, Rockport, Mass. c. 1939

On the site where formerly stood this inn, the town of Rockport is now building a park. This should be welcome news to Rockporters and visitors alike, because the views from here are spectacular. The building was originally constructed around … Continue reading

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Marmion Way, Rockport, Mass., c. 1911

Note the misspelling of Marmion Way as Marmian Way in this postcard’s caption. Even so, this is a wonderful old view, made better by the three children posing in the middle of the road. All of the houses you see … Continue reading

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