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Nantasket Bath House: 1905

Nantasket Bath House: 1905

Circa 1905. "Bath house, Nantasket Beach, Mass." Note the "Rules and Regulations for Automobiles, Etc." posted at left. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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The Hidden Parcel.

The shadow of the cable is easy to see. So is the shadow cast by his standing slightly askew to the light. But the belly still looks square and boxy. It looks like the officer has something under his coat, other than himself, that runs from behind his back and around his stomach. Maybe a corset or a back brace.

[I suspect it's something more like a notepad. - Dave]

Or a citation book. Your enlargement is much clearer than mine.

Hidden parcel?

No. It is the shadow of the ring-supported, lead-covered telephone cable.

[Incorrect. - Dave]

Unwarranted self-deprecation

Your limerick is as entertaining and well constructed, in the proper limerick fashion, as any found in the G. Legman-edited collection of over 4,400 limericks. Well done, sir.

Any good Nantasket limericks?

"There once was a girl from Nantasket,
Who carried her milk in a basket.
But the milk, it would seep,
And then she would weep,
"Oh dear, I must have a bad gasket."

Obviously this isn't one of them.

The big seahorse

Nantasket Beach is part of the town of Hull, which is a peninsula sticking into Boston Harbor from the harbor's southern shore. Hull looks to me sort of like a giant seahorse with bill that widens from narrow to bulbous. Your interpretations may vary. In any event, my best guess is that this photo is looking west from the very narrow base of the seahorse's bill, toward the bulbous part of the bill, with the high ground in the background being present-day Fort Revere park.

Hidden Parcel

What is making that cop's jacket bulge out, other than his gut? Looks like he's hiding a box lunch under there, the bulge is quite angular.

What automobiles?

Is that a Cop stationed there? Crime must be really bad.

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