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This was then: Professional development

The Martha’s Vineyard Summer Institute, located in the Highlands section of Oak Bluffs, offered summer courses for teachers for almost 30 years during the...

This was then: The Cigar Smoking Machine

In 1904, Edgartown inventor Elmer Bliss was issued patent 768,892 for a life-size automaton designed to advertise tobacco products. It smoked real cigars by...

This Was Then: The Hospital

The Martha’s Vineyard Hospital opened in 1922 on Eastville Avenue in the former home of Capt. Hiram and Charlotte Daggett. But this was not...

This Was Then: The Duke

“Pitted with small-pox, and with a hesitation in his speech which at moments of excitement made him difficult to understand, there was nothing in...

This was then: Professor Gough

Wheelmen pose in front of a turn-of-the-century Oak Bluffs bike shop, where the Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank stands today. The signs read “Repairing &...

Dexter's Barber Shop

Edgartown barber Clarence Dexter (1865–1925) shaves a customer at his shop on North Water Street, in the building now occupied by Skinny’s Fat Sandwiches....

This Was Then: The Courthouse

The Dukes County Courthouse, built in 1858 from local brick, is by no means our first courthouse. The first trial on record on Martha’s...

This Was Then: The pirates of Lake Tashmoo

The Christian Science Monitor reported, “Most of the 190 persons taking part were lineal descendants of characters whose parts they were taking.” Many of...

This was then: The Standpipe

Horace Tilton, Dr. Orland Mayhew, Carey Luce, Frank Bodfish, and horses Domion and Dick pose near the site of the new Tisbury School in...

This was then: Chief Chadwick

Blacksmiths Ed Colleton (1876–1964; left) and Elmer Chadwick (1868–1953; right) stand in Chadwick's workshop in Vineyard Haven, located roughly where Tisbury Market Place is...

This was then: Zeppelin over Gay Head

An airship floats past the Gay Head Cliffs in the late 1920s or early 1930s, to the delight of chilly onlookers.Dan Grossman of Airships.net...

This was then: Ole Borgen

Norwegian-born Ole Borgen operated a general store and gas station out of the old post office building in North Tisbury, where "Bananas" is today....

This was then: The men who built “Hedge Lee.”

Overlooking Vineyard Haven Harbor stands "Hedge Lee" — an enormous Italian villa with a red tiled roof and white stucco façade, associated in recent...

This was then: Fred James

Fred JamesCharles "Fred" James (1868-1924), left, and friend share drinks on the Tivoli platform in Oak Bluffs. Mr. James was a very familiar figure...

This was then: The hydroplane

The HydroplaneIn July 1919, this Curtiss NC-3 hydroplane landed with great fanfare in Oak Bluffs after a bumpy two-and-one-half-hour flight from New York. Aboard...

This was then: Timothy Shugrue

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.ShugrueTimothy Shugrue of Newburyport...

This was then: Captain Ivory

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Captain IvoryCapt. John J....

This was then: Drinking, smoking, lodging, and fish

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Drinking, smoking, lodging, and...

This was then: Nomans church

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Nomans ChurchThe small building...

This was then: Ferry Boat Island

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Ferry Boat IslandBefore the...