Rockefeller Drive, Mt. Desert Island, ca. 1935

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philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. and family, donated 45 miles of carriage roads on Mount Desert Island and around Acadia National Park to ensure that the area remained automobile free.

The project spanned from 1913 to 1940 and resulted in a network of broken stone roads that are approximately 16 feet wide and are engineered to withstand Maine's extremes of weather. Since 2005 the Friends of Acadia, the federal government, volunteers and visitors have worked together to maintain the carriage roads.

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, "View from Rockefeller Drive, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert Island, Me."

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  • Title: Rockefeller Drive, Mt. Desert Island, ca. 1935
  • Creator: Tichnor Bros., Inc.
  • Creation Date: circa 1938
  • Subject Date: circa 1938
  • Locations:
    • Hancock County, ME
    • Bar Harbor, Hancock County, 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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