Winter Storms, 2015

The long and brutal winter of 2015 resulted in many spectacular photographs and an exhibit at the museum. Below are some photos and two short movies all taken during the long and brutal winter of 2015. The photos were all taken by Bob Grosch and the movie of the blizzard is Bob’s as well. The video “Frozen Woods Hole from Above” is by Brian Switzer.

To see larger versions of Bob’s photos, click on “Show picture list”. His blizzard video is below. To see Brian’s video, click here



General Collection — Woods Hole History

Church of the Messiah (Episcopal)
Congregational Church
Methodist Church
St. Joseph Church (Roman Catholic)

Scientific Institutions:
Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
MBL Nobel Prize Exhibit Collection
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (W.H.O.I.)
N.O.A.A. – National Marine Fisheries

Maritime Organizations:
U.S. Coast Guard (including Nobska Light House)
Steamship Authority

Woods Hole History:
General History

Woods Hole Child Center
Woods Hole Community Association
Woods Hole Cooperative Association
Woods Hole Golf Club
Woods Hole Library
Woods Hole School
Woods Hole Woman’s Club
Woods Hole Women’s Equal Suffrage League
Woods Hole Yacht Club

Bike Path (Shining Sea Bike Path)
Boats: Woods Hole Spritsail Collection
Breakwater Hotel
Candle Factory (Candle House)
Elizabeth Islands: Nonamessett, Naushon, Pasque, Nashawena, Cuttyhunk, Penikese
Elizabeth Islands: Tarpaulin Cove Lighthouse (Naushon)
Fire Department Records
Hungarian Student Committee
Hurricanes and Storms
Leeside-McDonald’s Controversy
Music in Woods Hole
Nobska Lighthouse
Nuclear Park
Pacific Guano Company
Parking Task Force
Railroads (Woods Hole area: Old Colony, NY, NH& H, Cape Cod)
Taft’s Playground
Woods Hole Garage & Market
World War II

Theater in Woods Hole:
Calico Players
Penzance Players
University Players
Woods Hole Theater Company

Quissett Yacht Club

Lawrence High School
Falmouth Music Association
Falmouth Nursing Association
Falmouth and Falmouth Other Parts

Woods Hole Houses:
Wheelwright House Collection
WHOI Historical House Survey and Properties
10 boxes of house information kept by area
Kay Hiam Collection of Quissett Avenue Property Histories

Woods Hole Maps and Plans:
Griffin Property Surveys Woods Hole
Fay Family Properties Plans Surveys
Various Maps and Plans — Five Boxes
Various Rolled Plans, Charts and Maps

Ephemera, Photographs and Postcards:

From the Archives — New Accessions and the Wreck of the City of Columbus

By Susan F. Witzell, Archivist

Milk Mug

Bread and milk mug of Sarah Bryant Fay (Photo by Susan F. Witzell)

The archives received several very interesting artifacts this summer. From Dr. Elizabeth Gardner, great-granddaughter of Joseph Story Fay, we received a child’s “Bread and Milk Mug”, belonging to Sarah Bryant Fay. Sarah Bryant Fay (1855-1938) was the daughter of Joseph Story Fay. Later she was the patron of Michael Walsh, who developed the rambler rose, and her rose garden was known all over the country. The mug is a typical example of hand-painted English china of the early 19th century. It has blackberry flowers, vines and leaves. Mugs like this were popular items for small children, each child having their own mug for drinking milk or bread soaked in milk or other treats.

Sugar Bowl

Sugar bowl from the City of Columbus (Photo by Susan F. Witzell).

And from Ann Crowell Morrison, we received a beautiful white and gold sugar bowl. The bowl had been salvaged from the wreck of the steamer City of Columbus.

On January 17, 1884 the steamer City of Columbus left Boston for Savannah, Georgia. She steamed around Cape Cod and into Vineyard Sound. At approximately 3:45 AM she struck rocks on a ledge called Devil’s Bridge off Gay Head on Martha’s Vineyard and immediately began to sink with her port side under water. A few officers and strong men were able to climb into the rigging of the two sail masts. Two lifeboats with crew and some passengers got away. Continue reading

Historical Photos of Walsh and His Roses

These are photos of Michael Walsh, Joseph Fay and his daughter, Sarah Fay, and the gardens where Walsh grew his roses. There are also photos of roses from Walsh’s catalogs.

Walsh Rambler Roses

These are photos of some of the Walsh Rambler Roses still growing around Woods Hole. Photos are by Gretchen Ward Warren.

Notes about Canoeing and Clothing

Canoeing. Canoeing was a major fad in the 1920s. MBL scientists, investigators, researchers and students brought their own canoes to Woods Hole and enjoyed the local waters, making trips to the Elizabeth Islands, such as Naushon. Getting across the unpredictable Woods Hole Passage with its swift currents must have been a thrill and a challenge.

Clothing. Women in the 1890s typically wore long skirts (often black) with white blouses, all over layers of undergarments, no matter whether it was summer or not. When they went collecting, they tucked their skirts up in some manner. Bathing suits were also worn: a knee-length dress garment over bloomers and long black stockings.

Notice that from 1916 to the 1920s middy blouses (sailor-style) were popular attire for women out of the lab, along with bloomers (also called knickers) and canvas sneakers (sold by Mrs. Snow’s Dry Goods store on Water Street). Women’s bathing suits were still more or less knee-length and black. Some wore black stockings as well. Still, the picnic participants and canoe-paddlers managed to have a lot of fun!