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Greetings from Brooksville: Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company

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“Greetings from Brooksville” focus of historical society’s annual meeting

Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine will present “Greetings from Brooksville: Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company” at 7:00 pm on Sunday August 26 at the Brooksville Public Service Building, 1 Town House Rd. The slide show and talk will consist of the story of the postcard company as well as the historical views of Brooksville and surrounding towns.

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 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 slideshow will include some “new” Brooksville negatives which the museum acquired last year through a donation from the Vesper Foundation. The collection is being digitized and thousands of the images can now be viewed on the museum’s website in their online database. Follow us on Facebook!

The event is being sponsored by the Brooksville Historical Society and is free and open to the public though donations are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.