Photographers from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. of Belfast traveled throughout the state, especially in small communities, taking images for postcards. Many of these images, taken in the first three decades of the twentieth century, capture Main Streets on the brink of modernity.
Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."
Images taken by itinerant photographers for Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, a real photo postcard company, provide a unique look at industry, commerce, recreation, tourism, and the communities of Washington County in the early decades of the twentieth century.
Publishers promotional postcard. 1913. Contributed by Farmington Public Library Description Advertisement postcard for a children's book…
Publisher's promotion postcard. Contributed by Farmington Public Library Description Publishers often sent postcards promoting their new…
Savage Family Hotel Page Images -III Postcard with Asticou Maine postmark, 1906 Item 81722 infoMount Desert Island Historical Society