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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...

This was then: Tashmoo golf links

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Tashmoo Golf LinksThe Tashmoo...

This was then: The Cove School

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.A one-room schoolhouse was...

This was then: Blind Nathan

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

This was then: The seventh grade

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Seventh GradeMeet Tisbury School’s...

This was then: Owen Park

Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Owen Park, 1932Owen Park...

This was then: Dave Noble, W1SGL

Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: Don’t do this

Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.