Front Street postcard, Bath, ca. 1914

Contributed by Patten Free Library


A postcard of Front Street in Bath, looking south from Commerce Street in the years before World War I. The businesses in the foreground include the Fitzgerald brothers furniture store, the Howard Cigar Company, the Columbia Hotel and the Dreamland Theatre.

The hotel and theater were owned by William J. O'Brien (1866-1926) and his wife Charlotte (1867-1938). Born in Portland, O'Brien came to Bath in 1889 to work as a chef. By the mid 1890s, he had opened his own restaurant and purchased the Columbian Hotel. In 1906, Charlotte and William bought the wooden building to the north of the hotel and remodeled it first as a bowling alley and then as theater. The Dreamland offered vaudeville acts and moving pictures until November of 1913, when the Dreamland management decided to focus on film.

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  • Title: Front Street postcard, Bath, ca. 1914
  • Creator: Quality Postcards
  • Creation Date: circa 1914
  • Subject Date: circa 1914
  • Locations:
    • Bath, Sagadahoc County, ME
  • Media: Postcard
  • Dimensions: 8.9 cm x 13.2 cm
  • Local Code: Private Collection KN
  • Collection: Private collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Patten Free Library
33 Summer Street, Bath, ME 04530
(207) 443-5141

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