The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine, houses an extensive collection of archival photographs of Maine from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. From intimate family collections to works from individual professional photographers, all have a connection to the Penobscot Bay region in terms of subject or contributor. The following slideshow represents a small sampling of the work in their collections.
Atlantic Fisherman Collection. Photojournalist Alfred Elden took several photographs of Muscongus Islanders, including this woman standing in front of a pile of wooden lobster traps.
Ruth Montgomery Photographic Collection. Ralph Starrett and dog on board Tuarca.
Eastern Collection. Unidentified sailing vessel underway, circa 1900. Most square-rigged ships were nearing the end of their days by this time; with her heavily patched sails, this one was probably no exception.
Ruth Montgomery Collection. Glass plate negative. Woman watching ships.
J.E. Perkins Collection. Glass Plate Negative. U.S. Life Saving station and crew. Popham Beach, Phippsburg, Maine, c. 1904.
Coombs Collection. Glass Plate Negative by Charles R. Coombs. Yacht Race.
Atlantic Fisherman Collection. Herring fishermen with a dory filled with herring, "the world's most valuable fish". These may be too large for sardines and will be smoked. Taken in Eastport about 1927 by Alfred Elden.
Eastern Collection. Waterfront, Vinalhaven, Maine, per-World War I. Eleven sloop boats and a three-masted schooner are in evidence along with one schooner yacht. "Gasolene" and the "Machine Shop" are both on barges.
Joanna C. Colcord Collection. Capt. Lincoln A. Colcord standing at the taffrail of the ship State of Maine. Photograph taken by his daughter Joanna while sailing off the Cape of Good Hope in 1900.
Ruth Montgomery Photographic Collection. The bark Carrie Winslow crew taking up new topsail.
Elmer Montgomery Collection. Marshall Point Light with schooner in distance.
All photos/art by Penobscot Marine Museum
Photographs are also available as prints from the museum: penobscotmarinemuseum.org/historic-photo-prints/
And, to plan a visit to this charming maritime village with eight historic houses including interactive exhibits, please visit the Penobscot Marine Museum’s website: penobscotmarinemuseum.org.