Last week’s Friday Flashback — an aerial view of downtown from the 1930s — drew a number of comments.
Readers noted the old Saugatuck River bridge, and wondered if vessels passed beneath it. They talked about the importance of maritime commerce to the growth of downtown, and mentioned the majesty of National Hall.
And they commented on the trolleys that once rolled along the Post Road.
The photo inspired alert “06880” reader Chip Stephens to send along this painting.
For many years, it hung in Dr. Peter Ferrara’s dental office here.
Drawn by Al Willmott — a noted illustrator in the late 20th century — it shows a Westport from decades earlier.
It’s all there: National Hall. The bridge. A merchant ship.
And — my favorite — the trolley.