Historic photo exhibit arrives in Friendship

Posted May 06, 2013, at 12:12 p.m.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 6:08 p.m. to 6:08 p.m.

Location: Friendship Town Office, 6 Harbor Rd., Friendship, Maine

For more information: Kevin Johnson; 207-548-2529 ext. 210;

FRIENDSHIP — Penobscot Marine Museum’s county-wide traveling exhibit of historic photographs, “Knox County Through Eastern’s Eye,” has moved from the Vose Library in Union to the Friendship Town Office. The exhibit will be on display in the town office, 6 Harbor Road in Friendship, now through June.

The exhibit of 30 captioned historic photographs is drawn from glass plate negatives, shot from 1909 through the 1950s, which were originally printed as postcards by the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company. Research for the exhibit was conducted by individuals and historical societies from virtually every Knox County community. A companion “virtual exhibit” on the Penobscot Marine Museum’s website features dozens more photos and captions.

The Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company photos, taken a century ago, are beautiful and fascinating for the history and sense of place that they convey. The founder of the company sent his crews with their box cameras into tiny towns all over Maine and instructed them to ask local citizens what was important about their town. This is a unique feature of the Eastern collection, giving it great breadth and authenticity. The collection is a survey of what nearly every New England town looked like in the first of half the 20th century.

The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives. The museum is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern’s negatives, and has recently added a searchable database of the images on its website. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection.

An opening reception will be held May 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information call the Town Office at 832-7644 or the Museum at 548-2529.

The exhibit was funded by a grant from the Maine Community Foundation and generous sponsorship from Camden National Bank.