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The Harbor, Rockport, Mass., 1906

Here you see a 1906 postcard of Rockport harbor, published by Detroit Publishing Co., and below it the actual photograph that was the source of the postcard’s image. The photograph is from the Library of Congress collection. The Detroit Publishing … Continue reading

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Gill Netters at Motif No. 1, Rockport, Mass., 1945

Compare this scene of Motif No. 1 with this one, both photographed by Virginia Cleaves Little. One of these boats has the same name as one in the other picture, the “Joe D’Ambrosio, Boston.” I cannot make out the names … Continue reading

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Long Cove, Rockport, Mass., circa 1935

This postcard shows Long Cove and Motif No. 1. It has a Rockport postmark dated June 20, 1936. The postcard was published by Rockport Photo Bureau and printed by The Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y. Charles Cleaves, the man who founded … Continue reading

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For Motif No. 1 Day, a Motif No. 1 Art Class, circa 1961

For Motif No. 1 Day, here’s a postcard that kind of sums up why we celebrate this old fishing shack. The caption on the back says: Outdoor art class at Rockport, Mass. Motif #1 most painted subject in U.S. Whether … Continue reading

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Two Views of Rockport’s Award Winning Motif No. 1 Float, 1933

Tomorrow is Motif No. 1 Day, Rockport’s annual celebration of its iconic fishing shack. In conjunction with that, Leslie D. Bartlett will premiere his film tonight, The Fish Shack Float that Charmed Chicago, the story of Rockport’s first-prize-winning entry in … Continue reading

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Fishing Boats, Rockport, Mass., circa 1910

The coloring of this postcard makes it look more like a modern painting than a 100-year-old postcard. One source I found attributed this look to the crude form of hand coloring used by the postcard’s publisher, E.C. McIntire of Gloucester. … Continue reading

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Watching the Launching, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

Here is a companion to the postcard published here earlier this week, The Inner Harbor after the Launching. This time, we see the scene during the launching. Onlookers line the pier beside Motif No. 1 to get a good view. … Continue reading

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High Tide at Motif No. 1, Rockport, Mass., circa 1942

I am estimating this picture to be from the early 1940s, which makes it one of the most recent of any of the postcards I’ve posted here so far. The picture is by Virginia Cleaves Little, who, as I noted … Continue reading

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The Inner Harbor Near Bearskin Neck, Rockport, Mass., circa 1920

In this old view of the harbor, note the fishing schooners docked alongside a large building on T-Wharf. The building was the freezer and cold storage building of the Interstate Fish Corporation. The building was constructed in 1918 and destroyed … Continue reading

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Motif No. 1 and Harbor, Rockport, Mass., 1905

Here, once again, is a picture of Rockport’s famous Motif No. 1 well before anyone ever gave it that name. This card is dated 1905, was published by the Rotograph Co., New York City, and was printed in Germany.

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