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Seacoast Scituate By Air! Cover_sss_04142022_front.jpg

Paperback, 56 pages, 8 1/2 x 11 inches

75 illustrations (inside), with

historical descriptions

ISBN: 978-1-7354745-6-4 (paperback)

This is the first scenic survey of Scituate's fascinating seacoast. Here are 70 splendid photos by local pilots/photographers, in color. They cover the town’s beaches, oceansides, rivers, islands, marshes, and harbors. The book describes the views and their centuries-long histories. The book's cover, for example, shows Scituate Harbor and its iconic Scituate Light, built in 1811.

Seacoast Scituate By Air is from historian Lyle Nyberg, author of Summer Suffragists (2020) and On a Cliff  (2021). His work is published in the state’s database of historic resources, and has appeared in magazines and newspapers.


All three authors live in Scituate and enjoy its beautiful  seacoast. Gary and Bill provided an aerial photo for the cover of Lyle’s book On a Cliff.

Gary Banks, former USAF pilot and retired American Airlines Captain, wrote and published Trysting Pasture and Other Musings (2013), available at Scituate Historical Society, 43 Cudworth Rd., Scituate, MA 02066.

Bill Richardson, Airport Planner and Site Designer, graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a former chairman of the Scituate Conservation Commission. He has been flying and taking photos for more than five decades.

Seacoast Scituate By Air 

Available now at

Buttonwood Books and Toys

747 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy

Cohasset, MA 02025   Tel (781) 383-2665

Available online


Early reviews

"A very cool piece of work"

An "amazing photo-based Scituate book ... to lay out the fascinating coastline your town has!"

"It’s truly a joy to look at, and read!"

"eye candy"

"The book and photos are awesome!"

"just received the”seacoast” book, and am excited as he**!"

"Every word, nicely done with just enough information to orient the reader. Nicely compiled moving along the coast from north to south."

"Beautiful imagery!"

Newspaper stories

Ruth Thompson, "‘Seacoast Scituate By Air’ offers aerial photos of Scituate’s coast: historian collaborates with pilots/photographers on new book,"
Scituate Mariner  website, March 23, 2022, here,

Ruth Thompson, "Aerial views of Scituate's coast is the feature of new book," Scituate Mariner, March 24, 2022, page 1

article in Hingham Journal

Ruth Thompson, "Scituate’s 'fascinating' coast the subject of photo book by local historian, photographers," Patriot Ledger, March 27, 2022, here.

More Aerial Photos

Aerial photos of Massachusetts dating to 1951 are in the William P. MacConnell Aerial Photograph Collection (FS 190). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries, here. Almost 10,000 photos are online. They are organized by county, not searchable by town. But try going here, and click on “Open in Map Viewer Classic.” Excellent quality images. A terrific 1952 photo of Scituate, from the Harbor south, is here.

The North River Commission's website has downloadable copies of the 1978 orthomaps of the river (10 sheets),

Corrections and additions to the book, click here.

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