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Belfast images topic of historians meeting

BELFAST, Maine — Kevin Johnson will be the guest speaker at the Belfast Historical Society meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Belfast Free Library.

The topic for the slide presentation will be “Images of Belfast — The Photographs of Charles R. Coombs.”

The son of sea captain Robert H. Coombs, Charles entered into partnership with his father when the captain retired from the sea and opened a furniture and undertaking business on Main Street.

Charles Coombs took up photography as a hobby around 1892 and began taking pictures with a 5-by-7-inch format camera. His favorite subjects were scenes around Belfast and his family. A photograph album with nearly 600 images and 680 glass negatives taken by Coombs is housed at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Sear-sport.

Johnson is the photo archivist at the museum and is working on cataloging and digitizing the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. glass plate collection, as well as the Coombs collection.

Program meetings are free and open to the public. This is the last meeting in 2009; check the museum Web site, belfastmuseum.org, for the 2010 schedule.

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