Author Archives: Robert Ambrogi

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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11 Broadway Ave., Rockport, Mass., c. 1911

This is a real-photo postcard showing a house with a woman and her dog standing at the gate. The house is not identified anywhere on the postcard. However, I have identified it as the house that still stands at 11 … Continue reading

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At Paradise Cliff, Rockport, Mass., c. 1910

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 … Continue reading

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Old Mill Pond, Rockport, Mass., c. 1912

This image of Mill Pond looks from the pond’s east side across to the west side and to houses on King Street. The dam is to the right. All of the houses you see here are still standing. The house … Continue reading

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Gott House, Pigeon Cove, Mass., c. 1905

Samuel Gott, a weaver, was the first resident of the area of Pigeon Cove known today as Halibut Point. The postcard identifies his house as having been built in 1701, but most sources put it at a year later, 1702. … Continue reading

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Then and Now: The Columbia and The Adventure

In 1926, The Columbia and The Adventure competed in the Gloucester schooner race. Today, they competed again. It was an historic match-up in that both boats were more or less resurrected this year.

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Best Wishes from Rockport Postmaster ‘Uncle Bill’, 1909

Here is a highly unusual postcard that was both printed for and sent by William E. Parsons, long known around Rockport as “Uncle Bill” or “Uncle Billy.” Parsons was postmaster of Rockport between 1898 and 1914 and also gained acclaim … Continue reading

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