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Mystery Corner Item

Item 101520

Fishing party, Biddeford, ca. 1910

Mystery Corner Item Who were these fishing enthusiasts?

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1910 Location: Biddeford Media: Glass Negative

Item 99264

Tourists Inn, filling station, Searsport, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Penobscot Marine Museum Date: circa 1930 Location: Searsport Media: Glass Negative

Item 73714

Tourist postcard, York Beach, ca. 1915

Contributed by: Old York Historical Society Date: circa 1915 Location: York Beach; York Beach Media: Postcard

Tax Records

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Item 32912

Assessor's Record, 518 Washington Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Tourist Accessories Inc. Use: Filling station


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Summer Folk: The Postcard View

Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."


Luxurious Leisure

From the last decades of the nineteenth century through about the 1920s, vacationers were attracted to large resort hotels that promised a break from the noise, crowds, and pressures of an ever-urbanizing country.


History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railways

Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.

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Northeast Harbor Public Library

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Norcross Heritage Trust

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - MDI and the Fire of 1947

… it is better known with its hotels and B&Bs as a tourist spot while Seal Harbor and Northeast Harbor are now home to the summer population and…

My Maine Stories

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Langdon Burton and the Cold, Wet Tourists
by Phil Tedrick

A father and son have their vacation experience totally changed by an encounter with a fisherman


What Maine Means to Me
by Nicolette B. Meister

How a friendship created a lifelong love of Maine.


An enjoyable conference, Portland 2021
by John C. Decker, Danville, Pennsylvania

Some snippets from a 4-day conference by transportation historians in Portland, September 7-11, 2021