Thought the aerial picture attached of a portion of Magnolia might be of interest. It was taken from a seaplane owned by La Touraine Coffee
that would visit the area during the summer, landing in Gloucester Harbor and taking people up to have a view of the area. Dad asked to have a picture taken of the Oceanside. Note the North Shore Inn to the left, which accommodated summer visitors who weren’t able to secure rooms at the Oceanside.
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Hi Joey! The Eurodam in Gloucester reminds me of the 1940’s when the Navy would have some pretty large ships stop in the harbor and outside, depending on the size. My Dad, owner of the Oceanside at Magnolia, would invite the officers over for dinners.
The guests got to meet them and were glad they could thank them personally for their service. All windows in the hotel were required to be blacked out at night so as not to provide a background of light for lurking German subs, anxious to sink American ships.
Thought the picture attached might prove of interest to some. It was taken in 1946 by a friend of mine as I taxied out for takeoff from the base at Stage Fort Park, in a Piper J-3 Cub on floats. The veiws from the air around Cape Ann were spectacular. I would fly over and land and take off in Magnolia Harbor. Just back from military service that summer, I got my long yearned for solo at the Beverly Airport, then got checked out in float planes at Gloucester. That operation only lasted a few years, but I was glad they made it possible for me to get that seaplane solo while living in Magnolia. Accumulated a few thousand hours thereafter in other parts of the country.
Keep ‘em flying!
The attached is from a brochure that my Dad, the owner, had printed for soliciting guests for the Oceanside back in the 1930’s. The poem was writted by my uncle, Elber Krewson. It may not be readable, but if you can enhance it in some way to make it so, I think your readers would appreciate reading about the glorious little hamlet.
Best to you,
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