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Boys on Board: 1906

Manchester, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Baker's Island from harbor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

Manchester, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Baker's Island from harbor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Cape Ann vs. Cape Cod

When attending college in the late 70's, I conducted a very unscientific survey of fellow students. If you grew up south of the Mass Pike, you had never visited a beach anywhere on the North Shore; if you grew up north of the Pike, you had never been to Cape Cod. All these years later, Mark P's post made me smile.

Everybody out !

Being raised in Florida my eyes at once went to the big gator in the foreground.


I believe the 1906 photograph was taken from a public road, Harbor Street and this Google Street View is from the same angle today. I'm grateful the big house near the rocks at right is still there. House Island still has a pronounced hump. Baker's Island is the larger island in the distance.

I predict the four boys each survived WWI and the Spanish Flu, drank booze from Canada during Prohibition, recovered financially after the 1929 Crash, and watched Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walk on the moon, on black and white television. However, their great grandchildren and beyond will not be able to enjoy the same kind of wooden springboard on the water as they did, because liability insurance will not cover it.

Geography Lesson On Shorpy

I'm in my early sixties, lived 40 or so miles south of Boston Mass all my life.
I've heard of the town Manchester By The Sea for as long as I can remember.
Until seeing this post on Shorpy I thought Manchester BTS was in New Hampshire.
Yikes HUH? Looked it up, a beautiful part of Massachusetts on the "other" cape. I live near Cape Cod. Is it ever too late to come out from under your rock?

That's a really lovely photo:

Calm, restful, gorgeous. It's a New England idyll, and I don't have the slightest interest in any of the historical details. I just want to gaze at it and feel at ease, with the lazy pace of mid summer.

Thanks, Shorpy.

Plus ça change

Surprising how little the scene has changed:
75 Harbor Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.

Ma and Pa, Twin Lighthouses

This photo was taken from Black Cove Beach in Manchester. The point on the right is called Fort Head, and in 1906 the house on the right (address now 2 Boardman Ave.) was owned by Helen C. Everett. In the distance on the right is Baker's Island, and in 1906 it had twin lighthouses, "Ma and Pa." Now there is only one lighthouse. Current view attached.

Now Manchester-by-the-Sea

The name was changed in 1989. I suspect some Boston ad man might have had a hand in that.

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