Thursday, June 30, 2022

This Was Then

This was then: Ole Borgen

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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. Borgen's store is mostly remembered for its ice cream, penny...

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

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Overlooking Vineyard Haven Harbor stands "Hedge Lee" — an enormous Italian villa with a red tiled roof and white stucco façade, associated in recent memory with the family of writer John Hersey. You know...

This was then: Fred James

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Fred James Charles "Fred" James (1868-1924), left, and friend share drinks on the Tivoli platform in Oak Bluffs. Mr. James was a very familiar figure on Circuit Avenue at the turn of the 20th century....

This was then: The hydroplane

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The Hydroplane In 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 were Melvin Fuller and Myron Brown, New York businessmen and...

This was then: Timothy Shugrue

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Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years. Shugrue Timothy Shugrue of Newburyport was only 8 years old when he was committed to...

This was then: Captain Ivory

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Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Captain Ivory Capt. John J. Ivory, artist, sits at his home, the permanently beached vessel...

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

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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 fishA quiet moment on the stretch of Circuit Avenue between...

This was then: Nomans church

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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 on the left served as both church and schoolhouse for...

This was then: Ferry Boat Island

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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 Great Gale of 1815 — one of the most powerful...

This was then: Tashmoo golf links

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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 Links The Tashmoo Golf Links were located on State Road, right behind the...

This was then: The Cove School

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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 kept in Lambert’s Cove since before 1831. One of its...

This was then: Blind Nathan

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Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years.Blind Nathan A pair of tricyclists pause in front of Waban Park around 1890, as...

This was then: The seventh grade

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Chris Baer teaches photography and graphic design at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. He’s been collecting vintage photographs for many years. Seventh Grade Meet Tisbury School’s seventh-grade class of 1914–15 — 100 years ago — in...

This was then: Owen Park

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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, 1932 Owen Park and Vineyard Haven Harbor, about 1932. The Bethel’s launch Helen...

This was then: Don’t do this

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: Dave’s

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: The Bank

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: Five Corners

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: Captain Jane and the Mansion House

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: Detour

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.