Outtakes from LIFE: Thanksgiving football edition

MASHPEE: After interviewing 15 local athletic directors, football coaches, and team supporters for an article on Thanksgiving Day rivalries among Cape Cod teams—as well as the Island Cup game between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket—there were lots of fun and funny stories to share, but only a finite amount of magazine pages in which to do so.

In print, we covered Barnstable…

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Thanksgiving football rivalries on Cape Cod and the Islands

Very early on Thanksgiving morning in 1987, a few years after he had stepped down as head football coach at Barnstable High, Don Dorr gathered his young son, Jayme, and daughter, Lyndsey, out of bed, and drove with them to his sister and brother-in-law’s house in Falmouth. A holiday visit, for sure, but this was no social call. Dorr’s sister,…

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Exhibit Covers Provincetown’s Whaling History

During the Charles W. Morgan’s recent tour of the Cape and Islands and points beyond, Stephen Borkowski had the rare opportunity to sail aboard the historic wooden whaling vessel as a reward for the commitment he has shown to the study of Provincetown’s history. Borkowski, a member of the Provincetown Historical Commission, had been on the ship before, having visited…

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Journalist had a Dramatic Start

In his travels around the globe as a correspondent for CBS News, Seth Doane has covered stories in South America, Africa, and beautiful Bali, Indonesia. What’s better? The 1996 Harwich High School graduate is currently on a two-year assignment in Beijing, China and when the weather is nice, he bikes to the company’s news office in the city’s diplomatic region.

Before…

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One Marvelous Anniversary

Written into his contract for the construction of the Cape Cod Canal, August Belmont was also tasked with building two passenger bridges that would span the new waterway—one in Bourne, one in Sagamore—and a railroad bridge in Buzzards Bay. During the project’s buildout from 1909 to 1914, railroad lines that had run along the north side of the canal site,…

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A Permanent Legacy

Every year, millions of people visit John F. Kennedy’s gravesite at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, paying respects to the late president whose office on Pennsylvania Avenue was just a few miles away, across the Potomac River.Kennedy’s grave famously features an eternal flame, which is set within a circular stone and surrounded by flat, lightly colored stones that are arranged…

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The Adventures of Adelaide Cummings

In 1938, Tennessee native, Adelaide Cummings, resigned her post as a reporter for Life magazine to travel the world for a year with her mother, Martha. The pair visited Adelaide’s twin brother, Joe, who was stationed with the U.S. Army in Manila. They met John Foster Dulles and his wife Janet aboard a cruise liner and Adelaide played Ping Pong…

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We’re 35 and Going Strong!

This year Cape Cod LIFE Publications celebrates its 35th anniversary. In 1979, Brian Shortsleeve, our publisher, had an idea for a magazine he thought readers and advertisers would like, one featuring compelling stories of the people, places, history—and food!—of Cape Cod and the Islands. The magazine would also display stunning images of the scenic region, from Nobska Light to Nauset…

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It was Unbelievable

Ginny Dunham Hutchinson was 14 and a student at the Barnstable Senior/Junior High School when she and some friends walked to the beach on the afternoon of September 22, 1938.En route from the Dunham family’s cottage by Wequaquet Lake in Centerville, the group had to climb and scramble over countless downed Elm trees that blocked streets and roads, and their…

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Lyrical Island Treasures

For those unfamiliar with the craft, the art of etching or carving designs into whale’s teeth (ivory) or bone is known as scrimshaw, and those who practice this art are called scrimshaw artists or scrimshanders.…

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