The Good Old Days

How delightful it must have been to stroll the promenade in front of the massive Cushing House Hotel on Salisbury Beach showing off your latest fine summer attire.

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(click to magnify)
The Cushing House is gone now, burned to the ground. It was replaced with amusement rides, including a signature wooden roller coaster called "Wildcat," which I remember. But alas, even those are gone now, replaced by condominiums.

There is now a replica of the old bandstand on the center promenade.

I found it interesting that the flags in the photo had to be painted in as the camera's shutter speed must have been to slow for the photo.

Salisbury Beach has always been a destination resort respite for the mill towns upstream on the Merrimack River. This card was sent up river to Methuen one of the mill towns about twenty miles from this location.

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Postcard: CrazyasaCoolFox
Why was the penny stamp licked and placed on the card's front side? That mystery might go unsolved, but the card did make it to it's destination's post office of Lawrence just next to Methuen.

The author speaks of "doing her best" for the recipient, at her "new work."

Put on your thinking caps for a final mystery. Why  is the message scrawled on the front "come back soon," and dated December 5, 1906, during the winter?
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