Lake Maranacook, Winthrop, ca. 1938

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Lake Maranacook, Winthrop, ca. 1938

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Lake Maranacook was developed as a vacation destination by the Maine Central Railroad (MCRR). By building significant railroad track and a resort MCRR hoped to draw vacationers from Portland, Bangor and the intervening towns.

Lake Maranacook, and the resort there, quickly gained popularity leading MCRR to increase transport services and the facilities there. With new tracks, more frequent trains, as well as the addition to steamboats and trolleys tourism quickly spread to nearby Lakes Cobbosseecontee and Annabessacook.

The area continued to grow until the 1930s when the public taste shifted from resort vacations to more private vacations. By the 1960s the area was mostly privately owned.

The Tichnor Brothers printing company published this type of postcard circa 1938 as part of their Maine series. These, and other postcards, by the Tichnor Brothers Company are officially known as the Tichnor Gloss Series because the photographs were notoriously retouched on such a level that does not allow the postcards to be classified as photographs or paintings. The caption reads, "Camps -- Lake Maranacook, Winthrop, Maine."

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  • Title: Lake Maranacook, Winthrop, ca. 1938
  • Creator: Tichnor Bros., Inc.
  • Creation Date: circa 1938
  • Subject Date: circa 1938
  • Town: Winthrop
  • County: Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Linen texture postcard
  • Dimensions: 9 cm x 14 cm
  • Collection: The Tichnor Brothers Collection
  • Object Type: Text and Image

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