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“Moosehead Lake, Maine: The Postcard View”

Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine will present “Moosehead Lake, Maine: The Postcard View; Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company” at 6:30 pm on Thursday, August 29 at the historic “Community House” in downtown Greenville.  The slide show and talk will consist of the story of the postcard company as well as the historical views of villages of the greater Moosehead Lake region.

The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company was founded in 1909 in Belfast, Maine by Rudolph Herman Cassens. Cassens’ goal was to photograph small towns and rural areas from Maine to California, producing “real photo” postcards that would be valued for promoting tourism. Cassens did not fulfill his dream of photographing the entire country, but his company did produce over 50,000 glass plate negatives of New England and Upstate New York between 1909 and 1947. The collection is full of historic businesses, family homes and local landmarks.

The images are fascinating on many levels. They take viewers back in time to when the roads were still dirt, horse drawn carriages outnumbered cars, coastlines were undeveloped, and elms lined the streets. The collection is now part of the archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum and continues to grow as more negatives that “escaped” from the collection are located and acquired. The PMM Photo Archive offers more than 100,0000 thousand images on the museum’s website in their online database.

This event is being hosted by the Moosehead Historical Society. Admission to the event will be on a donation basis. We appreciate your generous support and look forward to welcoming you to this fascinating journey into the past through the lens of postcard views. Your contribution will help us continue to bring such enriching events to our community. Thank you for your support.