The dreary days we have been experiencing led to my sorting through some papers and what-not around here. I came across this souvenir special edition of the Cape Ann Breeze from January 22 1901. It seemed like a good idea to share some of the information and photos included in that edition. This copy was likely purchased in a local antique store (most probably Main St Antiques run by our friend David Cox) and is sprinkled with handwritten notes throughout. These notes lend a few clues to the history of some of the establishments noted within. You may see a few of these notes in the images below. Included are Butman & French’s Department Store on Main & Elm St; John P. Hale & Co.’s Plumbing at 15 Maplewood Ave; J.F. Patten’s Fruit Store at 74 Main St and Bolger & Regan cooking/heating/plumbing store at 153 Main St. I believe this edition may be nearly a final publication as the Cape Ann Breeze became part of today’s Gloucester Daily Times. More info can be found at this link. What a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon!