This Was Then: The artist mystic

Hanging in the staff room of the Edgartown Library is a 10” by 16” oil painting titled “Scene at Cuttyhunk” signed by the artist,...

This Was Then: The marble works of Indian Hill

Established in 1888, Henry H. Norton’s granite and marble works stood near the top of Indian Hill in North Tisbury. While clay, sand, peat,...

This Was Then: The Pawnee House

The Pawnee House is occupied today by Ben & Bill's, Eastaway, and other Circuit Avenue shops, albeit just a stump of its former four-story...

This was then: The wooden leg

William Cunningham of Boston was barely 10 years old when he was sent to reform school in 1870 for “larceny and disobedience.” His parents...

This Was Then: Tony the Scissor Man

Antonio “Tony the Scissor Man” DeCarlo walked the streets of Martha’s Vineyard every summer, mending umbrellas, sharpening knives, and grinding scissors for local customers....

This Was Then: Leonard’s Motor Service

Leonard’s Motor Service, known in its earliest days as “Lake Avenue Garage,” was located in downtown Oak Bluffs where Jim’s Package Store stands today....

This was then: Jump Spark Jim

James “Jump Spark Jim” West (1859-1948) presided over a Vineyard Haven antique shop known as "The Shop of Unusual Things." His specialty was Vineyard...

This Was Then: Art and Edna

Groceryman Art Smith (1867-1952) put the first “S” in S.B.S.: Smith, Bodfish & Swift, still Vineyard Haven’s revered grain store. Or half of an...

This Was Then: Pearson’s Drug Store

Pearson’s Drug Store was located in the part of the Arcade building occupied today by Sharky’s Cantina on Circuit Avenue in Oak Bluffs. Druggist...

This Was Then: Gifford’s Boatyard

Ship’s carpenter and boatbuilder Charles Gifford was born on Penikese Island — then known as Pune Island, and still technically part of Chilmark — where...