Images of America: Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands
September 27, 2012
Images of America: Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands by Cuttyhunk Historical Society // Captivating photographs and postcards in Cuttyhunk and the Elizabeth Islands trace the special experience of island life from the unspoiled habitat of Gosnold’s time to the first invasion of summer folk in the 1950s. These vintage images not only show how the islands’ rock-strewn landscapes reflect the hard lives of the early islanders but also attest to the pleasures of picnics and boating as tourism and summer residents brought a modest degree of prosperity. Many previously unpublished photographs of large estates on Naushon portray a life of privilege. Views of Penikese depict the barren dormitories of the lepers who lived out their lives there.