Over the past 6 weeks I have worked diligently trying to assemble a documentary record of the Lighthouse and Cottage over almost two hundred years.
One era that has remained difficult to document to my satisfaction is the period of the late 20's and early 30's. Keeper Cushman was in residence, (at least part of the time) and later Arthur and Nora Cobbett were here the latter running a store and the former serving as "Special Officer for Lighthouse Park." My issue is that there must be photographs of this store or, at least, someone who can describe it in more detail than I currently have. We have the chairs that were used, donated by the Hall family, Cushman relations so we know you could sit down. What I want to know is what was on the menu, who came out on a birthday, or who visited after going fishing.
So, blog readers of far and wide, more than 700 of you at last count, who is going to fill in the blanks for me. Who knows someone who knows someone who has a box in the attic that is a missing link. I need them, the public clamors for them, you will be doing a good deed in finding them and sending me word. You will be as renowned as Howard Carter or Indiana Jones. You can see in this 1935 picture from the Library of Congress that there was phone service and a sign for some kind of soft drink in the window. What else could you get?
So in a paraphrase of the old, annoying, chant of my childhood, I scream, you scream, we all scream for pictures of the Lighthouse Ice Cream and Penny candy store.