Tuesday, May 17, 2022

This Was Then

This was then: W.J. Mendence’s cigar and confectionery shop

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: Williston’s Pier

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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. Williston's Pier The Oak Bluffs harborscape of the 1920s is almost unrecognizable today. The photographer...

This was then: The Meat Wagon

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: The Pagoda in Oak Bluffs

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: The Magnolia

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then

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Vintage photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard

Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

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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.Holmes Smith GroceryThe Holmes Smith grocery store, photographed here about 1905, occupied the building...

This was then: antique photos of Martha’s Vineyard

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The Casino burned down in September 1892, together with the Sea View Hotel and a number of other neighboring buildings. 'A southwest wind is all that saved the town,' reported the papers.

This was then: The Capawock Theater

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This Was Then: Norton’s Livery Stable

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: The engine “Active”

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: Tricycling

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The silent steed

This was then: Bathers by the Oak Bluffs pier

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Photos of long-ago Martha’s Vineyard.

This was then: A full bath more than once a week

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the other rules of the game included 'Sleeping long hours with windows open, Drinking as much milk as possible, but no coffee or tea, Drinking at least four glasses of water a day, and Playing part of every day out of doors.'

This was then: Girdlestone Park

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Photos of long ago Martha’s Vineyard

This was then: Oak Bluffs, early summer

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Fred Metell, whose sign appears in the background, was a popular Oak Bluffs plumber who later sold the Island’s first electric refrigerators. His father, José Pimental, arrived on the Vineyard in the 1870s from Flores Island in the Azores; his name was corrupted to “Joseph P. Metell” and he became the progenitor of the Island’s Metell family.