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Historical Revisionism

A home store that reimagines local history as art



n a sepia-tone photograph, eight women pose in a train, each laughing and clasping the swimsuit-clad waist of the woman before her. The setting is the Sandwich Boardwalk, 1940. The context is a graphic throw pillow. This is the style of Modern Vintage, a home-décor store that tells the story of Cape Cod through products custom-designed and handmade by its owners. Here, you’ll find wooden furniture with modern pops of color and an antique finish, signs displaying Sandwich ZIP codes, and canvas photographs of Sandwich locals through the decades—a creative combination of old and new. O’Brien



John Montague, the Earl of Sandwich, invented the luncheon food that bears his name when, during an all-night card game, he asked for a second slice of bread to accompany his cold lamb so he wouldn’t get grease on his fingers and dirty the cards.