August 21, 2019
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Penobscot Marine Museum offers ‘adoption’ of negatives as fundraiser

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Penobscot Marine Museum | Contributed
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Photo of Waukeag Ferry, West Sullivan, ME, adopted by Betsy and Roger Wakefield.

SEARSPORT — Penobscot Marine Museum is home to a large photography archive of more than 300,000 images. The archive consists of many collections, the largest of which is the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company collection, consisting of more than 50,000 negatives. Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company was a real photo postcard company that operated out of Belfast in the first half of the 20th century. The collection consists of photographs from nearly every town in New England and upstate New York.

Approximately 75 percent of the Eastern and Illustrating and Publishing Company collection has been digitized and made available to the public on the museum’s website. In order to process the remainder of the collection, the Penobscot Marine Museum is offering towns for adoption. By adopting a town, you are sponsoring the digitization process for the negatives of that town.

For $10 per negative, you can purchase a unique and thoughtful gift, while also supporting the work done by Penobscot Marine Museum’s photo archives. There are approximately 1,500 Maine negatives left to be adopted, as well as several hundred negatives from the other New England states.

Adopting a town from Penobscot Marine Museum is a donation and is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For  information or to adopt a town visit or contact Photo Archivist Kevin Johnson at or 207-548-2529 ext. 210.

About Penobscot Marine Museum:

Penobscot Marine Museum brings Maine’s maritime history to life on a campus of twelve beautiful historic buildings in the charming seacoast village of Searsport, Maine. Exhibits include hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as a ship captain’s house, marine paintings, scrimshaw, 19th century Chinese and Japanese pottery, boat models, historic Maine boats, a fisheries exhibit, and an heirloom garden. The Museum has over 300,000 historic photographs, and a maritime history research library. Museum offices and research library are open year round. Exhibits are open seven days a week, Memorial Day weekend through the third Sunday in October. PMM Visitors Center is located at 2 Church Street, Searsport, Maine. For information call 207-548-2529 or visit