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1710. (photo) Nantucket Cliff Range Lights – Gilbreth Family c.pre 1924.

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1710. (photo) Nantucket Cliff Range Lights – Gilbreth Family c.pre 1924.

1710. (photo) Nantucket Cliff Range Lights – Gilbreth Family c.pre 1924. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” photo shows excellent detail of the Nantucket Cliff Range Lighthouses (a.k.a. “Bug Lights) and the extended family of Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr (at far left). Mr Gilbreth passed away in 1924. Mr. Gilbreth was a noted as a pioneer in motion study and scientific management. The old lights, in service since 1838, were purchased by the Gilbreths in 1921 and moved to be incorporated as dormitories into “The Shoe”, his family’s Jetties Beach cottage near Bathing Beach Road . The moving of the light towers must have been quite a sight. A horse and a ship’s capstan were used to winch the structures, lying on wooden rollers, to their final destination. The buildings were jacked up and placed on a foundation laid for this purpose. The two structures were soon favored sleeping quarters for the eleven children in the family, who soon nicknamed them “Mic” and “Cyc”, for cartoon characters of the time. The towers remain today, the only such set of original range lights remaining in existence. Acquired directly from the family, this is a b/w original photo, dating from the pre 1924 era. Clear, close view, great detail of the family and the two towers. (VG+). $84.