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Historic Photos of Maine by Frances Pollitt

Book Review

By Mark B. Oliver | June 12, 2012

Downtown Eastport - 1880
Brunswick Canoe Club circa 1890
The Percy and Small Shipyard - 1902
Winter Harness Racing
Workers from the Seacoast Canning Company - 1911
Black Head and the Harbor around Monhegan Island - 1913
Chapman School Children - 1920
The Cornfields of Fryeburg - circa 1940's

Turner Publishing’s popular series "Historic Photos of..." continues with two hundred stunning photos of Maine.

Compiled and written by Frances Pollitt, who works at the Maine Historical Society for Maine Memory Network, Frances clearly knows her subject matter extremely well.

Her selection of photos is exemplary and the range and quality impressive.   The collection is divided into four categories, “Land and People” (1865 - 1899), “The Maine Attraction” (1900-1919), “Between the Wars” (1920-1939) and “Living in Maine” (1940 - 1980).

Some photos are whimsical (page VI, a racecar driver confronts a snowdrift in his runabout, 1907), others heartbreaking (page 5, the devastation following Portland’s Great Fire of 1866), and many more simply astonishing (page 29, the banking of Annie C. Maquire, Christmas Eve 1886).

The photos are accompanied by informative text from Frances that help the reader identify exactly what can be seen.

The variety of the photos, together with the book’s scope make this an invaluable addition for everyone who lives in Maine or is interested in history.


Historic Photos of Maine can be purchased from all good retailers including Amazon.

Turner Publishing, $39.95.

ISBN: 978-1-59652-425-5

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