Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy PFF: Ocean House, Swampscott, MA

Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!

This card of the Ocean House, Swampscott, MA was sent June 23, 1949 to Mrs. A.W. Barlett of Milford NH.  It functions in the way an email or a tweet on Twitter would today.

"Dear Folks,
Will see you Sat. Pm. for the wedding.  Everyone O.K.  Love, Grace."

Swampscott is a town in Massachusetts, north of Boston. This website on town history says: "The hotel and boarding house business flourished to serve the influx of summer visitors with the Ocean House, the Hotel Preston, the Lincoln House Hotel, the Hotel Bellevue and the New Ocean House Hotel. Notable summer guests, including President and Mrs. Calvin Coolidge, and Woolworth heiress Ethel Donahue frequented our lavish accommodations.

None of the large hotels remain standing today, most having been destroyed by fire or savage coastal storms, and most of the large estates have been subdivided into single family homes."

The Ocean House was lost in a huge fire in 1969.

I also found out that a similar card is available from CardCow, if you are interested.

Today Beth is celebrating the all-American hot dog and baseball.  Also in summer Americans like to go to the beach.  Ocean House represents the way this used to be done.  Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Viridian

12 comments:

davidsonsonsonson said...

I really like this post. I really enjoyed reading the post...

viridian said...

Don't click on the link in the previous message - it's SPAM.

Bob of Holland said...

It's pity this resort has burnt down. Happy PFF.

Sheila said...

It's a beautiful building so a real shame it was burnt down. Actually it's amazing that none of the original hotels remain.

Irene said...

Great Postcard. thanks for the warning about the spam, perhaps you could delete it.

Bonnie said...

Great Postcard - (echoing Irene's words).

Things may perish but memory remains. Thanks to Postcard. They're really up and running in this business. So timeless. It gives us joy to reminisce the past.

Thanks for the visit.

Debs said...

great card...it reminded a little of a british seaside resort like brighton...something about the majestic buildings and light! happy PFF!

Snap said...

The linen cards really are special. Lovely place. Too bad isn't still around. Happy PFF!

papel1 said...

There is nothing like stately old hotels.
Judy

Max said...

Great postcard. My grandparents lived in Swampscott, MA, although not on the water. A beautiful linen card!

juka14 said...

It was a beautiful looking building, nice of you to bring it back to life.

Dorincard said...

Bygone...

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