Contributed by: Mount Desert Island Historical Society Date: 1957 Location: Mount Desert; Mount Desert Island Media: ink on paper
For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine’s important natural history and identity. This exhibit highlights Maine Memory content relating to Acadia and Mount Desert Island.
George French, a native of Kezar Falls and graduate of Bates College, worked at several jobs before turning to photography as his career. He served for many years as photographer for the Maine Development Commission, taking pictures intended to promote both development and tourism.
Maine's frozen rivers and lakes provided an economic opportunity. The state shipped thousands of tons of ice to ports along the East Coast and to the West Indies that workers had cut and packed in sawdust for shipment or later use.
… cottagers and visitors who were inclined toward nature and artistic or intellectual pursuits. Overall, their homes and hotels were less extravagant…