EASTERN ILLUSTRATING COMPANY
Dinsmore Shore Cobbett’s Pond, Windham NH
George Dinsmore is pictured sitting on the porch of the Wyoming Cottage on Cobbett’s Pond, Windham NH.
An original, real photo postcard, of this view sold on e-bay last week for $102.50. Does that seem a little over the top to you? My grandfather rented cottages and later tent platforms which paid his taxes and put extra cash in his pocket. The people who spent their summers here have fond memories of their time on these shores. In fact, a gentleman stopped by our office just last week to say hello and reminisce about the summers he spent here with his family in one of the tents as a child. Of course this was my stomping grounds as a child. I remember after school ended for summer, I rarely had shoes on my feet and spent the warm, happy days barefoot. Much of the time was spent in the water and we all liked to swim out to the giant rock that sits just under the water, where we could stand up and show-off.
This photograph shows the “Head of the Pond.” The three cottages in the center were constructed very early. “Methuen Cottage” was built in 1896 and “May’s Cottage” was built in 1898. Searles Castle can be clearly seen on the crest of the hill in the background. At the time of this photograph was taken neither Dunkan Beach or Armstrong Beach are not yet in operation and the land where they would eventually open is still marsh and woodlands
Over the summer months, I will be presenting a series of photographs taken by the Eastern Illustrating Company, on Cobbett’s Pond in the 1920’s and 30’s. You will see the interior of “Club Mirimar,” the notorious speakeasy at Bella Vista and many views taken along the shoreline of the pond. The first few photographs presented were taken on the hill at the “Head of the Pond,” where Granite Hill is located today. If you see a view you like, the Penobscot Marine Museum will make fine art print copies for you.
According to, At the Edge of Megalopolis, Shadow Lake was a “fair sheet of water hidden among the hills,” when surveyor Theophilus Satchwell discovered it in the 1600’s. It was known as Satchwell Pond while the area was claimed by Haverhill. The lake aquired its native American name of Hitty-Titty Pond when Salem became a town. Douglas Weed in his Images of America – Salem says that the name was changed to Shadow Lake in 1913. I am guessing that the change had something to do with the “Shadowland” recreation area which was developed on its shore. Shadow Lake lent itself to better marketing for cottages and a lake resort than did Hitty-Titty, primordial name or not. Shadowland included a store, a beautiful beach and a large dance-hall which hung out over the water on piers. People have been asking me for more history of Shadow Lake and I was so happy to find these beautiful photographs of the pond. Shadow Lake, like Canobie Lake is shared, as is their history, with our good neighbors in Salem.