The Jamestown Historical Society monitors eBay and other auction websites for objects pertaining to Jamestown.  Over the last six years, we have purchased several archives and objects to add to the JHS collection. 

The new exhibit in the JHS display case shows some of the material found on eBay.

Images left to right: Engraving by A.R. Ruskin of Lt. John T. Greble for whom Fort Greble was named; Postcard with photograph of the ferryboat Conanicut and poem by F.A. Hubald; MGM Theatre photograph and report of the Palace Theatre on Narragansett Avenue; Five cent token for the Post Exchange, Fort Greble, R.I.

envelope thorndike

Images left to right: Envelope with Thorndike Hotel picture as return address, 1898; Card from tobacco packaging showing gaff-rigged catboat off Gould Island; Envelope with Bay View House picture as return address, 1893.

Letters are always of interest and these excerpts are from letters written by Florean to her mother, Mrs. Benj. Monaco, while Florean was at Camp Seaside in August 1929.

…….Has a rest period which is badly needed after hiking 5 miles to Jamestown & 5 miles back last night and 5 miles the night before and am going to hike 4 more to west shore to eat supper tonight……

……Miss Magee [swimming coach] says her leg muscles are fully developed but not the right way for swimming so she’s going to teach me, and to pass Junior Life Saving I have to swim to Prudence Island. I’m learning lots of new strokes. I’m the strongest girl in camp and how!

Images from left to right: Photograph of Pitchers store on East Ferry Wharf, from a postcard; Real photo postcard of an unidentified Jamestown cottage, probably on Shoreby Hill