Postcards from the edge

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 12:00pm

For the holidays, postcard images from half a century ago, showing Block Island, still the sleepy little town time almost forgot, when a few cars constituted a busy summer day and views were wide and open. The same things were advertised as are today, “unspoiled beaches, unsurpassed fishing and picturesque vistas at every turn in the road.” We did not realize we were on the edge of an era, living in a world that would not exist a few short decades later. 

Postcard No. 3:

A favorite fishing spot at Block Island. R.I. is the channel at the entrance to the New Harbor. Entering the channel is the MV Quonset which sets sail daily the 12 miles from Pt Judith, R.I., the nearest mainland point. There is good flounder fishing here in Spring, Summer, and Fall. Other fish find their way into the channel also such as porgies, blues, and even an occasional pompano.

Postcard No. 4:

Block Island, Rhode Island This is Main Street at the Old Harbor as you look down on the main business section where thousands of vacationists gather each summer. This lovely island offers some of the finest boating, fishing and swimming to be found anywhere. “COME TO BLOCK ISLAND FOR A REAL VACATION” 

Postcard No. 5:

Block Island Airport, Block Island R.I. showing one of the shuttle-service planes from Westerly RI about to land. Block Island's airport is a destination point for private and chartered planes from all parts of the country.

Postcard No. 6:

 A typical Block Island Fishing boat sails into Old Harbor after a day of fishing. The “pulpit” which projects 10 to 15 feet from the bow of these boats serves as a vantage point for spotting and spearing swordfish.

Postcard No. 9

Block Island, R.I.  from the air. In the foreground is the old Harbor where the local fisherman anchor their boats.  The Island's “Main Street” faces the Old Harbor. The New Harbor and Yacht Basin can be seen in the background. 

Postcard 10

Old Harbor, Block Island, R.I. Each summer thousands of visitors enjoy this quaint old fishing town. The surrounding waters abound with lobsters, swordfish, striped bass, bluefish, mackerel and many other species. 

Postcard No. 11

This photo was taken several years after Smilin' Through, the historic structure was rebuilt in the 1950s. Today, the fields are still open and the house is intact and well-maintained although trees and shrubs have grown tall somewhat obscuring the classic roof lines from this angle.

Postcard no. 12

One year the Town Fathers decided to really dress up Rebecca after one of her fabled repairs and her bronze, keeping her base white. Note the lack of stairs to the second floor porch of the Spa/Inn at Old Harbor and the cars in front of the building parked half on the sidewalk. The new little cottage next door would grow to house Sullivan-Sotheby's.