Marblehead Neck Surf Vintage Massachusetts Postcard

This is a beautiful vintage postcard from 1906 (with undivided back) showing the surf at Marblehead Neck point in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

You can see the spray of the surf rising from the rocky shoreline, with 1906 visitors down at the shore. A large home is on the point of land known as Marblehead Neck with a sail boat in the distance waves of the ocean.

Marblehead, on the rocky coast of Massachusetts is known for the rugged individualism of its inhabitants, its crooked and irregular streets, and its history of adventurous folk that aided the American Revolution and produced the daring clipper ship captains of the 1800s.

When the first European settlers came to the area, migrating from Salem in the early 1600s, they met members of the Naumkeag Tribe of Native Americans of the Algonquin Nation who called their town Massebequash. Later it became Marblehead after acquiring several other names.

Smallpox epidemics in the 1600s nearly decimated the Naumkeag Tribe, leaving the American colonists relatively untouched as they had obtained immunity from the disease.

Originally part of Salem, Marblehead was granted independence to exist as a separate town in 1648. With the diminished Naumkeag population, the colonists took control of the area through a deed of sale conveying 3700 acres, now known as Marblehead, from the heirs of the chief Nanepashmet for the price of sixteen pounds. They appointed a Board of Selectmen to govern and began the building of what has become a prosperous fishing industry.

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