Most weekends, Lynnfield Patch runs a look at the latest items connected to the town that can be found on eBay. Here are the latest examples:
Mysterious Country Road With Super Foliage: This reminds me of a very, very hard version of my weekly “Where Is This?” feature, which also runs on Sundays on Lynnfield Patch. The back of the postcard says “Greetings from Lynnfield Centre.” The thing is – where the heck is this scene, even when you factor in for decades of change and development? Granted, much of Lynnfield used to look like this, and many longtime residents regret the day it stopped looking this way. That said, I’m stumped. One random guess that comes to mind is Main Street near the Sagamore Golf Course - or perhaps some early incarnation of Walnut Street (for some reason it feels like that), but honestly, I’m not convinced this shot was even taken in Lynnfield, all printing on the postcard aside. The foliage is quite spectacular either way though.
New England Oyster House: This is a nicely decorated matchbook cover from Lynnfield's former New England Oyster House on Route 1 North. I found a reference to this restaurant on Chowhound.com basically saying that this was possibly the first restaurant of many to occupy the space currently occupied by the Fat Cactus. From my own recollection, that spot was previously home to The Naked Fish and Lucille's Chicken. Others on the previously mentioned site say there was a Bertucci's there at some point, which I don't recall, Either way, the roster of former Route 1 restaurants in that space reads something like the list of guys to play shortstop for the Red Sox over the past 10 years, only minus the championships.
Doll Furniture: This individual is selling a mini Duncan Phyfe Camel Back Sofa, which is apparently a rare piece of dollhouse furniture from the 1940s. Either that or it's a relic from the hidden realm of the wee folk or something. I'm sure that's something more than one of my ancestors would have taken quite seriously actually. Honestly, I have no idea what a Duncan Phyfe Camel Back sofa is. It looks nice enough but mostly it's just making me think of eating something by Duncan Hines while kicking back on my own sofa.
Rifle Range: Borrowing an item from neighboring Wakefield this week, we learn that in the years right before World War I, there was a military rifle range in Wakefield. This would have been active around the time that Camp Stanton in Lynnfield, on what is now Route 1, would have been entering its own final years from what I recall. (From what I recall as a local history enthusiast that is - not in an "I walk the earth as an undead being sort of way.") These guys almost look like they're dressed like Davy Crockett instead of U.S. military personnel right before World War I. This image also shows a relatively casual atmosphere in light of the hellish conflict that was waiting just around the corner. In general, it looks like a pretty good Saturday afternoon quite frankly.