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Herman Cassens and Real Photo Postcards

R. Herman Cassens, Belfast, ca. 1920

R. Herman Cassens, Belfast, ca. 1920

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Penobscot Marine Museum

In 1909, R. Herman Cassens, a young entrepreneur, started a postcard company, the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, in Belfast.

Cassens saw a niche between personal/amateur postcards and the mass-produced postcards available in the bigger cities.

He had a dream of "Photographing the Transcontinental Trail-Maine to California" focusing on small rural towns and villages.