Gloucester Postcard Collection

The Gloucester postcard collection shows various historical and recreational sites, as well as maritime scenes of Cape Ann during the early to mid-twentieth century.

History of postcards

In 1861, John P. Charlton of Philadelphia copyrighted a private postal card. He transferred his copyright to H. L. Lipman who began producing and selling postal cards. One side was left blank for a message and the other side for the address and stamp. Businesses put illustrations or messages on them for advertising. In 1873, the United States issued governmental penny postal cards. During the 1893 Columbian Exposition - Chicago World’s Fair, picture postcards with images of the exposition became a popular travel souvenir. Over the decades, the practice of sending vacation postcards to friends and family evolved and continues to be popular. Postcards became a way of not only communicating while on the road, but a form of entertainment when home. Years ago, magazines and newspapers used few illustrations, and small town publications did not use any before about 1915. Postcards filled that void. The album of postcards was the mainstay of the parlor.

Gloucester Postcard Collection

The Gloucester Postcard Collection has over two hundred postcards which show various historical and recreational sites, as well as maritime scenes of Cape Ann during the early to mid-twentieth century. The postcards can give a view of Cape Ann that might of otherwise be lost. Most of what is depicted has now disappeared or greatly changed. For example, a postcard that shows Main Street of Gloucester with carriages, sidewalk barrels, and shops that no longer exists. Cape Ann was once a mecca for resort hotels, which have since been destroyed or converted to other uses. Some of the most interesting postcards deal with the fishery industry. The selling of seafood, the drying of the fish, or the workings of the boats are all depicted. But some postcards speak to the timelessness of a place. Church buildings, City Hall and memorial statues speak to the past, present and future of Cape Ann. The many lighthouses that dot the coastline still exist. And as always, the scenic beauty of the beaches and harbor views that Cape Ann residents get to enjoy every day are represented.

Access to the Postcards

The postcards are available for viewing at the library. In addition, the postcards have been transformed into digital images that can be accessed via this site.

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Contributor(s)

  • Institution: Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library

Coverage

  • Massachusetts--Essex (county)--Gloucester

Items

City Hall, Gloucester, Mass.
Dale Avenue, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass. : Main Street
The Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.
High School, Gloucester, Mass.
High School, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass. High School
Sawyer School, Gloucester, Mass.
Legion Memorial Building and Joan of Arc statue, Gloucester, Mass.
Joan of Arc statue, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass. Armory
Gloucester Fishermen's Institute, Gloucester, Mass.
Main Street looking west, Gloucester, Mass.
Main Street, Gloucester, Mass.
Post Office and Custom House, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass. and harbor
Old Ellery House, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass. : Old Ellery House
Murray Gilman House, Gloucester, Mass.
Yacht Club, Annisquam, Mass.
Gate Lodge, East Gloucester, Mass.
Gate Lodge, Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass.
Gate Lodge, E. Gloucester, Mass.
Eastern Point Beach and Lodge, Cape Ann, Mass.
The Tavern, Gloucester, Mass.
The Tavern, Gloucester, Mass.
The Tavern, Gloucester, Mass.
Ravenswood, Gloucester, Mass.
Universalist Church, Annisquam, Gloucester, Mass. on Cape Ann
The Village Church at the head of Lobster Cove, Annisquam, Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Catholic Church, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass. : Catholic Church
Altar of Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Prospect Street, Methodist Church, Gloucester, Mass.
Hammond Museum between Magnolia and Gloucester, Mass.
Summer theater at Gloucester, Mass.
The first house of Annisquam, Cape Ann, Mass.
The Yacht Club, Annisquam, Massachusetts
The Hermitage, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass., the Hermit
The Rockaway Hotel, East Gloucester, Mass.
The Rockaway, East Gloucester, Mass.
Major Bent Estate & Wonasquam Lodge, from pier, Annisquam, Mass.
A portion of the office, the Harbor View, East Gloucester, Mass.
[Surfside Auto Inn]
Surfside Hotel and beach, Gloucester, Mass.
The Surfside, Gloucester, Mass.
Hotel Delphine, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass., the Colonial Arms
Colonial Arms, Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass.
Colonial Arms, Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass.
The Fairview, East Gloucester, Mass.
The Mooreland and cottages, Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
The Mooreland and cottages, Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
The Mooreland, Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass., Bass Rocks showing the Mooreland Hotel
Colonnade, Magnolia, Mass.
Bird's eye view from Oceanside, Magnolia, Mass.
The Oceanside Hotel at Magnolia, Mass. on the North Shore of Massachusetts
The Oceanside and cottages, Magnolia, Massachusetts
The Village Library, Annisquam, Mass.
The Village Hall
Squam Rock Road
Gloucester Society of Artists Gallery, Eastern Point Road, Gloucester, Mass.
Eastern Point Light at the entrance of Gloucester, Mass. Eeast Gloucester, Mass.
Eastern Point Light at entrance, Gloucester, Mass.
[Eastern Point Light, Gloucester, Mass.]
Eastern Point Light, Gloucester, Mass.
The lighthouse, Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass.
Eastern Point Light House & Mother Ann, Gloucester, Mass.
The lighthouse, Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass.
Eastern Point Light, Gloucester, Mass.
Cape Ann, Mass. Eastern Point Light
Eastern Pt. Light & Old Mother Ann, Gloucester, Mass.
Annisquam Light, Gloucester, Mass.
Annisquam Light, Gloucester, Mass.
Annisquam Lighthouse, Annisquam, Mass.
Light house, Annisquam, Mass.
Annisquam Light, Gloucester, Mass., Cape Ann
Annisquam Light, Cape Ann, Mass.
Annisquam Light, Gloucester, Mass.
The Twin Lights, Thatchers Island, Rockport, Mass.
Twin Lights, Thatchers Island off Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
Thatcher Light, Thatcher's Island off Cape Ann, Gloucester, Mass.
A. Piatt Andrews Bridge, Gloucester, Mass.
Marina at Rocky Neck, East Gloucester, Mass.
Fisherman's shanty, Gloucester, Mass.
Fisherman's shack, Rockport, Mass.
Fisherman's Memorial, Gloucester, Mass.
Fishermen's permanent memorial, Gloucester, Mass.
Fisherman's Memorial, Gloucester, Mass.
Fisherman's Memorial, Gloucester, Mass.
Fishermen's permanent memorial, Gloucester, Mass.
[Fisherman's Memorial statue, Gloucester, Mass.]
Fisherman's Memorial, Gloucester, Mass.
Fisherman's Memorial, Gloucester, Mass.
Fishermen's Memorial
Stacey Blvd. and Fisherman's Monument, Gloucester, Mass.
The Blynman Bridge
Blyman Bridge (Cut Bridge), Gloucester, Mass.
Old fish house, Annisquam, Mass.
Annisquam, Mass., Yacht Club house and river view
Lobsterman at Annisquam harbor, Gloucester, Mass.
Italian fishing boats, Gloucester, Mass.
Drying fish nets, Gloucester, Mass.
Low tide, drying fish nets, Gloucester, Mass.
Drying fish nets, Gloucester, Mass.
Drying the nets, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Drying fish, Gloucester, Mass.
Drying fish, Gloucester, Mass.
Discharging salt, Gloucester harbor, Mass.
Sawyer's loft, Gloucester, Mass.
Fishing boats in port, Gloucester, Mass.
Interesting view along the waterfront at Gloucester, Mass.
Fishermen mending nets, Gloucester, Mass.
A Gloucester fisherman, mending his nets, Gloucester, Mass.
Wharf scene, Gloucester, Mass.
Working on sea food, Gloucester, Mass.
Weighing up the catch, Gloucester, Mass.
Fish on wharf, Gloucester, Mass.
A Gloucester fisherman, Gloucester, Mass.
The man and his nets, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass. old fisherman
View of Gloucester, Mass.
Bass Rock and surf, Cape Ann, Mass.
Surf at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
Surf at Crow Ledge, Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
Harbor and Gloucester, [Mass.] from E. Gloucester
Gloucester, Mass., the harbor at evening
Annisquam bridge and harbor, Annisquam, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass., from the harbor
Picturesque Rocky Neck Avenue, Rocky Neck, Gloucester, Mass.
Magnolia, Mass., along shore
Popple Stone Beach, Magnolia, Mass.
[Sand dunes, Gloucester, Mass.]
Gloucester, Mass. dunes
Harbor & city from east Gloucester, Mass.
Cove east Gloucester, Mass.
Sherman's Point, Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
The trestle across Little Good Harbor Beach, Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
Reef of Norman's Woe, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass., Norman's Woe
Norman's Woe, Magnolia, Mass.
The reef of Norman's Woe, Magnolia, Mass.
Salt Island, Gloucester, Mass.
[Salt Island, Gloucester, Mass.]
The rocks, Ten Pound Island, Gloucester, Mass.
Rocks at Fresh Water Cove, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass., Half Moon Beach
Tablet Rock, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Mass.
Unveiling tablet commemorating first settlement of Massachusetts Bay Colony, Gloucester, Mass.
Tablet Rock, Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Mass.
Willow Road, Annisquam, Gloucester, Mass.
Willow Road, Gloucester, Mass.
Annisquam Willows, Gloucester, Mass.
'Squam, Gloucester, Mass.
Along the shore, Lobster Cove, Annisquam, Mass.
Lobster Cove, bridge and cottages, Annisquam, Mass.
Lobster Cove from the Village Church lawn, Annisquam, Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Annisquam, Mass., Annisquam River
Annisquam Church, Gloucester, Mass.
Harbor scene, Annisquam, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass, boats in harbor cove
Stone wharves, Annisquam, Mass.
The storm off Gloucester, Mass.
The low road around Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Mass.
[Water?] front, East Gloucester, Mass.
On board, a Gloucester fisherman
The harbor at sunset, Gloucester, Mass.
The harbor and Rocky Neck, Gloucester, Mass.
Hawthorne Lane, East Gloucester, Mass.
Hawthorne Lane, East Gloucester
Storm maiden, Gloucester, Mass.
Glimpse of Annisquam Lighthouse from sand dunes, West Gloucester, Mass.
Rustic lane at Annisquam, Mass.
Catching silver hake, Light House Cove, East Gloucester, Mass.
The Annisquam Yacht Club on a racing day, Annisquam, Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Yachtmen and fisherman use Annisquam harbor, Annisquam, Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Annisquam Light House at the head of Ipswich bay, Annisquam, Cape Ann, Massachusetts
The bridge over Lobster Cove, Bridgewater Street, Annisquam, Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Harbor scene, Gloucester, Massachusetts
The harbor, Gloucester, Massachusetts
The Annisquam River, Gloucester, Massachusetts
High school and Annisquam River, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Off for the fishing banks, Gloucester, Mass.
Among the wharfs at Gloucester, Mass.
Off for the fishing banks
Fishing boats in port, Gloucester, Mass.
Schooner Niagara, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass. Gloucester fisherman outward bound
Gloucester harbor, Gloucester, Mass.
Italian fishing boats, Gloucester, Mass.
Wharf scene, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Full rigged fishing schooner and modern power fisherman putting out to sea, Gloucester, Mass.
[Inner harbor frozen over, Gloucester, Massachusetts?]
Fishing fleet, Gloucester, Mass.
Good Harbor beach, at Gloucester, Mass.
Good Harbor beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Wingaersheek beach, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Gloucester, Mass., Bass Rocks, along the shore
Scene at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
Surf at Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
Surf at Crow Ledge, Bass Rocks, Gloucester, Mass.
Mother Ann, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Old Mother Ann, Gloucester, Mass.
Old Mother Ann, Gloucester, Mass.
Mother Ann, Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass., harbor and Eastern Point from Stage Fort
Mass., Gloucester from Stage Fort
Avenue in Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Mass.
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, Mass.
Rocky Neck Cove, Gloucester, Mass.
West from the New Magnolia, Magnolia, Mass.
Looking south from tower of the Oceanside, Magnolia, Mass.
Gloucester, Mass., Rocky Neck
Mother Ann, Gloucester, Mass.
Mother Ann and surf, Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass., Cape Ann
Old Mother Ann, Eastern Point, Gloucester, Mass.
Crescent Beach, Magnolia, Mass.
Public library, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
Danna's Beach, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
Inner harbor, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
Singing Beach, Manchester, Mass.
Harbor, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
Eagle Head, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
The square, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.
Fisherman's shack, Bearskin Neck, Rockport, Mass.
Pigeon Cove, Mass., Witch House
The old Witch House, Pigeon Cove, Mass.
The Witch House, built 1692, at Pigeon Cove in Rockport, Mass.
Public library, Rockport, Mass.
Yacht club and harbor, Rockport, Mass.
Bearskin Neck, Rockport, Mass.
Headrock Beach, Rockport, Mass.
Stone wharfs, Rockport, Mass.
Long Beach, Cape Ann, Mass.
Long Beach
Straitsmouth Inn, Rockport, Mass.
Straitsmouth Island and Lighthouse, Rockport, Mass.
U. S. Coast Guard Station, Straitsworth, Rockport, Massachusetts, Cape Ann
U. S. Life Saving Station, Rockport, Mass.
The rocks at low tide, Pigeon Cove, Mass.
Boarding a warship at Rockport, Mass.
From old Ipswich
Cottages at Little Neck and Crane's Hill, Ipswich, Mass.
Little Neck cottages and landing, Ipswich, Mass.

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