|This might be the author in 1976. Zack's Cliffs.|
|Harbor entrance, Oak Bluffs.|
street above Town Beach that has undergone significant transformation.
|View of the Harbor and Sunset Lake.|
|A photo of Sunset Lake in the 1890's.|
Notice its shape differs from above.
My eye noted the unfamiliar shape of Sunset Lake in this photo from the 1890's. I was drawn to the Tabernacle in the background on the right. The Tabernacle is located at the heart of the Martha's Vineyard Methodist Campgrounds. It has been visible on the horizon from this spot since 1879, when it was built. The Tabernacle is a place of constancy and relevance as much today as it was then.
The Oak Bluffs Harbor shown in the last postcard is without moorings and a concrete sidewalk, both so integrated today that no-one pauses to remember a time that they were not in view. This image shows a harbor that is remarkably undeveloped and pristine. Of the two, time and place, these postcards take me to another time, but the place remains the same.
|Oak Bluffs Harbor (called Lake Anthony) in the 1940's.|