Engraved billhead/letterhead/trade card, sheet 140 x 205mm. 5½ x 8". Descriptive letterpress extract glued above image. Slightly soiled and stained.
Illustration of the hotel, surrounded by water and shipping; figures and carriages on the fore-shore, including anglers and a shooter with his dog. Nahant is a town in Essex County, Massachusetts, United States. Native Americans called the area "Nahant," meaning "the point" or "almost an island." Located on a rocky peninsula jutting into Massachusetts Bay, it was first settled in 1630, in the second year of the Puritan coming. The town became a resort destination very early on, with chaises coming from nearby Lynn. Visitors stayed in boarding houses or private homes and the first hotel was built by 1803. In 1817 a steamboat sailed from Boston to Nahant daily and by 1826 a stage from the Nahant Hotel connected twice a day with coaches running between Boston and Salem. Fishing and several shoe shops were the major businesses aside from agriculture and tourism and even up to 1830 year-round residents were very few. Thomas Handyside Perkins, a prominent Boston businessman, built a hotel in Nahant in 1823 which featured a bowling alley and by the 1840's the town was already celebrated as the summer resort of Boston's elite.
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