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Gordon Parks Gloucester photos Memorial Day 1943

Cat Ryan submits-

FSA/OWI photograph in the Library of Congress

Gordon Parks Gloucester photos Memorial Day 1943-

Gordon Parks, Gloucester Massachusetts. Memorial services for fishermen lost at sea.

Citizens gathered on the banks near the sea, May 1943.

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More Gordon Parks 1943 Memorial Day pictures click here

Beautiful Industry- Blynman Bridge

Note to boaters-  If you think it’s gonna be close, don’t chance it and try to sneak under.  I got a feeling it’s just not gonna be worth it to slam into one of those huge I beams head on with your vessel.  It will be ugly not to mention costly to repair and you’ll look like a complete tool to all the people looking over the railings to check out the pretty boats passing through.

Beautiful Industry- Blynman Canal Bridgehouse Controls

It’s unreal that this control panel is close to a hundred years old and still gets the job done.  I bet if it was replaced by some new equipment that the new equipment would break down every 5 years or so and have to be replaced.   They just don’t make stuff like they used to.

Blynman Canal Bridgehouse, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Who was Blynman?

Blynman Schoolhouse

Blynman Schoolhouse

The Blynman Bridge and the Blynman School were named for Rev. Richard Blynman, the first minister of the town. The History of the Town of Gloucester, written by John James Babson in 1860, has the interesting background of the bridge and Cape Ann in general. I’m going back to read more.

Blynman Canal Bridgehouse Span Position Indicator

Blynman Canal Bridgehouse, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

This is on the huge old control board at the Cut Bridge.  Video will be coming up in a couple hours.   I’ll be releasing the pictures from inside the Control House all week long.

Blynman Canal Bridgehouse

Mike Lindberg sent in a suggestion that he would like to see the inside of the Blynman Bridge Control House.

Blynman Canal Bridgehouse, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

That was a fantastic idea!  How many of us have driven past the Cut Bridge Control House all our lives but never been privy to the inside equipment and people that run it.
Check out how old and beautiful that control board is. Classic!
I had a “Wizard of Oz” moment after stepping inside for my interview and forthcoming video series with Steve Lake- “The Wizard” who was kind enough to let me in and show us around.

You asked- GMG Delivers Baby!

Look for the first part of the video series tomorrow morning.

Blynman Canal Bridgehouse Operator Steve Lake

Mike Lindberg, you asked yesterday to get some footage inside the Blynman Canal Bridge Operator House.

You got it.   Look for the video series all next week with pictures!