Friday, October 23, 2009

Beverly, Mass. - Part III

I'm so glad that I published all of the old post cards from Beverly. I got to participate in something called "Postcard Friendly Friday" which is organized by Marie Reed over at The French Factrice, her vintage postcard blog. And I was even contacted by the Beverly Citizen newspaper regarding my post.

One thing I learned today is that the business side of the postcard is also important! So here are a few of the most interesting ones:

I mentioned the Lynch Park lions in Part II. You can see a nice postcard view of them guarding the rose garden. I found it on a site called Primary Research: Historic Beverly Postcards and Images.

They also have this view of Woolworth's on Cabot Street. I love the trolley and the long dresses on the women! And here's a woman in summer white at Dane Street Beach.

Here's an interesting photo of President Taft's summer residence being moved on a barge.

There's even a shot of the construction of Rte. 128 - my old commute from hell!

From the North of Boston Library Exchange, here's a more recent shot of Beverly Plaza . One of those cars in the parking lot could be my mothers. We shopped at Star Market a lot!

I'm intrigued by this shot of the Beverly Reservoir. I believe the flat-topped hill in the distance is Folly Hill. Amazing if it is. I spent lot's of time up there after my parents moved to Danvers. Their house was just over the other side of Folly Hill on Bradley Road. Kids would slide down the grassy slopes on pieces of cardboard and cross under Rte. 128 via a cow tunnel to get to Cherry Hill Farm.

Here's another photo of the gardens at Lynch Park. If you walked up those brick stairs to the right you would be on the ocean. It was such a beautifully mysterious spot, always quiet and cool. The record to this photo includes the note: "Italian Garden at David S. Lynch Memorial Park. Mrs. Marie Evans had the gardens constructed on her estate in 1910 after she removed the home which she rented to President William Howard Taft for the Summer White House in 1909 and 1910."

Here's an amazing aerial view of Beverly's waterfront (published by the Wakefield Trading Company of Wakefield, Mass.) and I can see the yellow billboard near the fork in the road with the house that was my parent's on Cabot Street across the street to the right.

And two other nice aerials: Cabot Street and Broadway.

I can't believe that I'm only on page 32 of 51. I'll have to come back to this another time. I'll add a link for NOBLE to the list on the right. Here's an image in closing: lovely Library Ladies of 1913.

OK, just this one more, a beautiful hand-colored bird's eye view of Beverly from the collection "Panoramic Maps, 1847-1929," part of the American Memory project of the Library of Congress.


MrCachet said...


Thre are lots of folks out there that know a great deal more about the postcard than I do, but I believe the opposite of the view side is called the message side.

You really get after it when you get rolling! There is also a specialized area of postcard collecting that is based on what is called the Real Photo card. There was a Kodak camera that took pictures to be used for the card, however I know there were also professional photographers who produced real photo cards as part of their business.

Irene said...

Wow! Thanks for stopping by, I'm so impressed with all that information. Do post again.

Margo said...

What great cards, photos and information. I adore all the ones with street scenes and people. those library ladies are priceless! Happy PFF a day late! Please play again - it is so much fun :)