Sepia Saturday - Old Port New Port

These post cards are shot from the Green bridge over Newburyport Harbor around the beginning of the 20th century. Then the harbor was full of sailing and steam vessels. There was lots of hustle and bustle on the warves to keep the local economy vibrant. A giant coal dock looms in the background in all three post cards. Today's view the giant coal dock is gone but the economic fuel is still there in the form of tourists. The industrial waterfront has been replaced with a recreational water front with marinas, restaurants, a board walk and rail trial.

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Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox
From the Gillis - US Route 1 Bridge

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Comments

Unknown said…
Love shots of the water and your post cards are very interesting.
QMM
Kat Mortensen said…
A couple of those post-cards have a Turneresque quality to them for me. They are lovely!

I'm also loving your "Cool Headers" widget in the sidebar, Foxy!

Kat
Winifred said…
What great pictures. Kat's right about the Turner comparison.

Nice that the economic downturn with the loss of coal has been compensated for by tourism. Wish that had happened more here!
Christine H. said…
Beautiful pictures. It looked good then and even better now.
21 Wits said…
Still thinking, which was more perfect then or now? They are both lovely spots!
Nancy said…
The old postcards are quite beautiful and I was going to say the harbor looked better in earlier years than now. Then I enlarged the postcards and saw the coal dock in the background and revised my thinking. Industry is usually dirt-producing and smelly. I think he postcards are beautiful but that the harbor is more beautiful now.
Nancy said…
The old postcards are quite beautiful and I was going to say the harbor looked better in earlier years than now. Then I enlarged the postcards and saw the coal dock in the background and revised my thinking. Industry is usually dirt-producing and smelly. I think he postcards are beautiful but that the harbor is more beautiful now.
Nancy said…
The old postcards are quite beautiful and I was going to say the harbor looked better in earlier years than now. Then I enlarged the postcards and saw the coal dock in the background and revised my thinking. Industry is usually dirt-producing and smelly. I think he postcards are beautiful but that the harbor is more beautiful now.
Nancy said…
The old postcards are quite beautiful and I was going to say the harbor looked better in earlier years than now. Then I enlarged the postcards and saw the coal dock in the background and revised my thinking. Industry is usually dirt-producing and smelly. I think he postcards are beautiful but that the harbor is more beautiful now.
Love the hand tinting. Colors so painterly.
Unknown said…
Ditto to the comments and compliments on the tinting. The harbor looks warm and balmy and that would be very welcome to me right now!
Unknown said…
Ditto to the comments and compliments on the tinting. The harbor looks warm and balmy and that would be very welcome to me right now!
Alan Burnett said…
It is amazing how much you can learn about a place from a selection of old cards. Within no time at all I was managing to spot the same buildings, the same landmarks in different views. Fascinating post.
oh!! this is so the direction i will be taking this year on a few occasions, a "then and now" scenario". thanks for doing it!!
:)~
HUGZ

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