Research is a funny thing. Sometimes I search and never find what I’m looking for only to stumble upon the answer while researching something else. Such an example happened last week, while browsing through the Gallery. I had revisited the 1914 postcard entitled “The Village of Ogunquit, Me, and River from the Ontio.” I’ve always had a hard time with its handwriting (any help is appreciated) and couldn’t read the name of the author whose signature looked like “H-something Sachern.”
I ended up finding the answer to my question by typing “Ontio” and “Ogunquit” into Google.
At first I assumed that “H-something Sachern” was staying at the Ontio. But that’s when the name of another Ogunquit hotel caught my eye.
“H-something Sachern” wasn’t a signature at all. It was my mystery author signing off from the “Hotel Sachem.”