Category: History

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Sep 26, 2013 - Antique, Book, History, Lawrence - 3 Comments - Standard

Today’s image is from the archives at the Lawrence History Center.  This small room is filled with journals and records from the Essex Company and other businesses from the 19th and 20th centuries.  This particular journal is dated from 1850 through 1857.  These are what would today be spreadsheets and databases, but are instead preserved […]

Three Eighths

Sep 23, 2013 - Antique, Blacksmith, History, Lawrence - 1 Comments - Standard

This past weekend, Bob Lussier and I led a photowalk around the mills of Lawrence as part of the annual Essex Heritage Trails & Sails event.  In addition to visiting the Stone Mill and walking along the North Canal, we were also able to spend some time at the Lawrence History Center exploring the archives […]

Fools and Tools

Aug 13, 2013 - Abandoned, History, Massachusetts, School - 0 Comments - Standard

Today’s post takes us back to the Bradstreet School which I originally shared a few months ago.  The school has only been abandoned for about 8 years, but there are some interesting remnants there if you look closely throughout the building. In addition to the colorful remarks about a certain Mr./Ms. Localla and Mr./Ms. Crane, […]

Draper Corp.

Jul 02, 2013 - Antique, Boott Mill, HDR, History, Lowell, Machinery, Massachusetts, Mill - 2 Comments - Standard

It’s back to the Boott Mill for today’s post.  I previously posted some detail shots of this equipment, and wanted to show a wider view of the textile machinery.  Watching the machines in action is so impressive when you think about when they were built and how they were originally powered.  This is one of […]

Boston Bridge Works

Mar 06, 2013 - Bridge, HDR, History, Lawrence, Mill - 3 Comments - Standard

This is the Duck Bridge in Lawrence.  It spans the Merrimack River and recently reopened after renovations kept it closed for the past 2 years.  I liked the juxtaposition of old and new with the updated old sign on its new piers, abutments and trusses, as well as the view of the rebuilt bridge with […]


Mar 05, 2013 - HDR, History, Lawrence, Mill, Smoke stack, Stone Mill, Texture - 10 Comments - Standard

The word facade comes from the French language, literally meaning “frontage” or “face.” This is the facade of the Stone Mill in Lawrence.  As you can see, it is full of textures.  And colors.  And lines.  It also has a history.  And significance.  A past and a future.  I’m drawn to it because its “face” […]

Early Morning Urbex

Dec 17, 2012 - Factory, HDR, History, Massachusetts, Rockport, Texture, Tracks, Urbex, Wheels - 7 Comments - Standard

This past weekend, I found some willing and able partners in Bob Lussier and Mike Tully to explore the abandoned factory of the former Cape Ann Tool Company in Rockport, Mass.  We met early in the morning to first do some sunrise shooting at Annisquam Light, and then headed over to the old factory for a little […]

To Trespass, Or Not to Trespass

Nov 08, 2012 - Buildings, Factory, HDR, History, Massachusetts, Rockport, Urbex - 7 Comments - Standard

That was the question this past weekend.  This is the old Cape Ann Tool Company in Rockport, MA which sits abandoned after shutting its doors in 1987.  It’s covered in No Trespassing signs and unfortunately sits on a somewhat main road (read: people will see you).  I grabbed this shot leaning in over a fence, […]

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