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‘Old Waldo County’ slide talk slated at Hutchinson Center

This vintage Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. photo depicts the steamer Belfast on the Penobscot River off Winterport. Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, will give a give a slide talk in the photographs on Thursday, April 28, at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast.

BELFAST, Maine — A slide talk featuring old photographs of Waldo County and commentary by local historians will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center. The talk, “Old Waldo County Views,” will cap a months-long exhibit of historic Waldo County photography at the school.

Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Penobscot Marine Museum, will present dozens of black-and-white images made from old glass plate negatives in the museum’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. collection. Most of the images are 75 to 100 years old. Eastern Illustrating was a Belfast-based postcard publisher that produced tens of thousands of images of Maine and New England in the early 20th century.

According to Johnson, members of local historical societies will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional commentary on the photos, and audience members are invited to add insights and remembrances of these scenes of past days. Historians and history buffs who wish to play a role in the program are invited to contact Johnson at the museum by calling 548-2529, ext.210 or e-mail

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