How Well Do You Know the Cape and Islands?

FOR MANY YEARS, ONE OF MY HOBBIES HAS BEEN COLLECTING history shots of the Cape and Islands. I particularly enjoy those images of locations that are still recognizable today: Train depots, village main streets with antique cars—or, better yet, horse-drawn wagons—plus buildings, landmarks and lighthouses, all reminding us of a more simple world and a more gentle time.

This is the theme of a new Cape Cod LIFE online game, which we expect to have ready to play by the end of March. My son Max is now 16 and working as an intern at Cape Cod LIFE. With the technical guidance and patient help of our Web and New Media Director Russ Blanc, Max has selected hundreds of local photographs of the Cape and Islands and organized them by town and by region. Of course, all of this has been under the tutelage of Cape Cod LIFE’s wise old founder.

What Island is this?

The photos have been organized into five regions including our towns and Islands:

Upper Cape: Bourne, Falmouth, Mashpee, and Sandwich

Mid Cape: Barnstable, Dennis, and Yarmouth

Lower Cape: Brewster, Chatham, Harwich, and Orleans

Outer Cape: Eastham, Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet

Islands: Cuttyhunk, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket

Online, we will remind participants of the village names found within different towns; for example, villages such as Centerville and Cotuit lie within the Town of Barnstable.

In what Lower Cape town is this located?

The photos will appear one at a time, with its respective region being identified as Upper Cape, Mid Cape, and so forth. All you have to do is name which town each photo is from (Bourne, Falmouth, etc.). Each month, all contestants who correctly identify all of the photos, town by town, will qualify to be included in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate for a Cape or Islands business. Each online visitor may enter each month’s contest only one time. However, our plan is to schedule a totally new and different contest each and every month.

The photos to be used are a mixture of historic photos from the archives of Cape Cod LIFE, plus some photos entered by you, our readers, for last year’s annual photo contest. The June issue of Cape Cod LIFE will continue to feature the winning photos each year. However, this game will also enable us to share with you many, many more very worthy entries. Understandably, for the purpose of this game, the emphasis will be on showing “recognizable locations.” And we have the Cape Cod LIFE team of summer interns to thank for scanning the photo contest photos for our use.

The project takes me back to the beginning of founding Cape Cod LIFE, which was based on my love of photographing the Cape and Islands. Nowadays, we have so many readers submitting so many wonderful photos and my son Max has not only the interest, but also the time to organize and help implement this game for you and me.

The online game will also invite “viewer submissions” and explain how to submit your photos for possible inclusions in upcoming contests. “Recognizable Scenes” is only one of a number of photo theme categories we are considering. Our goal is to have the first monthly contest online by the end of March. Please stay tuned—in print, and online at


Brian Shortsleeve

Brian Shortsleeve is the President and Publisher of Cape Cod Life Publications.

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