Penobscot Marine Museum’s Photo Archivist to Talk in Penobscot

Posted Oct. 17, 2013, at 10:20 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 7 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Location: Penobscot Town Hall, 1 Union, St. Searsport, ME 04974, Searsport, Maine

For more information: Kathy Goldner; (207) 548-2529;

Penobscot Marine Museum’s photo archivist Kevin Johnson, will present a slide show and talk “Penobscot: The Postcard View, Selections from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company” on Monday, October 21, 7:00 pm at the Penobscot Town Hall. Kevin will show historical views of Penobscot and the surrounding towns and tell the story of the Belfast-based postcard publishing company.

Penobscot Marine Museum’s Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company collection takes viewers back in time to when the roads were still dirt, horse drawn carriages outnumbered cars, coastlines were undeveloped, and elms lined the streets. Beginning in 1909, Eastern Illustrating sent photographers with their box cameras into tiny towns all over the region to photograph what the local people said was important about their town. This is a unique feature of the Eastern collection, giving it a poignant authenticity. It serves as an important record of what nearly every New England town looked like in the first of half the 20th century.

The collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine, New England and upstate New York. Most of the photographs are on glass-plate negatives. The Museum is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern’s negatives, and have recently added a searchable database online on their website which includes nearly 30,000 Eastern Illustrating photographs. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection.

This program is being sponsored by the Penobscot Historical Society and will take place at the Penobscot Town Hall located at Southern Bay Road, at the junction of routes 199 and 175. The evening will begin with a pot luck supper starting at 5:30 pm and followed by the presentation at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information call Penobscot Marine Museum 207-548-2529.

PHOTO CAPTION: Post Office, Penobscot, Courtesy PMM