August 21, 2019
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Help us identify where these wintery Maine photos were taken

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

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.

File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
A stone cottage is buried in snow in this winter scene.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
All is quiet on this wintry farmstead in Maine in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
A winter scene is shown in this Bangor Daily News file photo from sometime in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Trees are covered in snow and ice along the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor, sometime in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Plumes from chimneys rise on a cold winter's morning in Maine.
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File Photo | BDN
Ice has frozen into interesting formations off this cliff face in Maine in the 1980s.
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File Photo | BDN
Two young people make their way up a hill in Maine to sled sometime during a winter in the 1980s.
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File Photo | BDN
Going south is probably not the best idea for this hitchhiking snowman in Maine, sometime in the 1980s.
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File Photo | BDN
Everything is white and snowy in this landscape in Maine during the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
A frozen Maine lake sometime in the winter in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Houses sit covered in snow in this winter scene from the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Frozen chunks of ice float on top of the Kenduskeag Stream during the winter in downtown Bangor sometime in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
A light dusting of snow covers this stream during a winter's day in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Lobster boats bob in a harbor in Maine on a winter's day in the 1980s.
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File Photo | BDN
The coast of Maine is covered in snow during this winter scene from the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
A boat sits quietly in the water on a winter's day in Maine sometime in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
A dock is covered in snow, and snowmobile tracks can be seen out on a lake in Maine during a winter in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Ice hangs off rocks and trees in this winter scene in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Layers of ice have frozen at different levels around some small trees, in this unusual natural formation found sometime in the 1980s.
File Photo | BDN
File Photo | BDN
Water breaks free from a frozen stream in this winter scene from the 1980s.

 



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