Ella arrives in the Fog – Nantucket, Massachusetts (1936)

Mrs. Clarence Beck lived in Easton, the city that Thomas Penn established at the confluence of the Lehigh River and the Delaware River in east-central Pennsylvania.


In June of 1936, Mrs. Beck received a postcard from her friend, Ella.

Ella Stevens was visiting Nantucket, the small island about 30 miles south of Cape Cod.

This well-preserved New England village remains a tourist destination today – although the cost of housing on the island has created a very small year-round community (average home cost was $2.3 million in 2018).


Ella’s sent a postcard photograph of the stately homes that survive from the days when wealthy sea captains lived on Nantucket.

There are many cottages and summer homes that are less grand.

The postcard was published in Cambridge, Mass in a series, “Tichnor Quality Views”.

On the reverse, Ella reports that “we arrived last night in quite a heavy fog”.

Most visitors to Nantucket still arrive on the Island by boat.

It seems that Mrs. Beck had been Ill, as Ella writes, “Hope you are feeling better than when I saw you last”.

One hopes that Ella enjoyed her stay on the beautiful island, that Mrs. Beck enjoyed good health, and that she was delighted to receive the postcard.


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