Cat tails are covered in snow in this frozen meadow somewhere in Maine during a 1980s winter. Credit: File Photo

Here in Maine, we’ve got at least a few more weeks of heavy-duty winter weather. Then comes everyone’s favorite sloppy, not-quite-cold, not-quite-warm period of transition between winter and spring. In other words — it ain’t over yet.

In honor of this wearying, tiring home stretch, we thought we’d do something to remind everybody that winter — long and arduous though it may be — can also be beautiful. Whether it’s snowing and blowing a gale or it’s a quiet and frozen morning, learning to accept and love winter is one of the major things that makes us Mainers.

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The Bangor Daily News has been working with the Bangor Public Library to digitize some of the tens of thousands of photos contained within our physical archive, which the library houses. Some of these photos haven’t been seen in decades. Many of them have little information to go with them. Some have information on years, places and subjects included with them. Others have virtually nothing. We also don’t know who on the BDN staff took them.

In one of the most recent troves of digitized photos we’ve acquired thanks to the library’s hard work, we came across a folder featuring more than 100 scenic images of Maine. Some were from the summer and fall, but most were from the winter in all its silent, frigid glory.

We’ve selected some of our favorites from this particular archive, which contained no information about the subjects or locations of the photos, other than the fact that they were shot in Maine sometime in the late 1970s or in the 1980s. While a few are pretty obviously shot in highly identifiable places, most are not. If you think you know where any of these photos were taken, please leave a comment on social media or on the story on our site, clearly referencing the photo in question. We’d love to hear from you!

Stay warm, dear readers.

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Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham

Emily Burnham is a Maine native and proud Bangorian, covering business, the arts, restaurants and the culture and history of the Bangor region.