In Essex we live connected with our history. There are daily reminders — architectural, cultural, anecdotal, etc. — of the yesterdays that endure or linger on today. It’s not so much that time has stood still (although there are plenty who will suggest as much)￼, but rather Essex allows a concurrence of times. Past and present coexist in some respect, as layers or textures of our day-to-day.
And yet there are occasional reminders of our long gone past. The industrial Essex waterfront documented fuzzily in the postcard above￼, for example,￼ stands in stark contrast to the￼ same waterfront today. ￼The industry and innovation alive and well in Essex today is very different from 100 or 200￼ years ago.
I’m especially smitten with Essex waterfront images, fueled no doubt by a lifelong yen for things nautical.￼
I appreciate lakeside time capsules that pop up unexpectedly like this historic postcard that I tried unsuccessfully to purchase on eBay. It turns out that another collector with deeper pockets (and more persistent auction monitoring!) was able to win this nostalgic view of Essex’s northern waterfront, but I’ve made an effort to render the low definition photograph slightly more legible for you so that you can decipher the stories suggested by yesteryear’s industrial Essex waterfront.
In my estimation the photographer appears to have been looking south across Blood’s Bay toward the cape or peninsula now known as Begg’s Park. This Essex “skyline” adorns a circa 1924 postcard, but the photograph was likely made years or even decades earlier.