Vintage United States Army uniform.
Salvaged camp building from Sandy Cove Nudist Camp.
Framed portrait of Elvis.
Johnson, wearing a pith helmet and his signature suspenders, stands in front of a small red barn with a decorative birdhouse perched on top.
Collectibles including a vintage Schlitz globe and moxie sign fill this corner at the museum.
A relief plaster plaque depicting the arrest of Paul Revere.
Collectible Moxie drink outdoor thermometer.
Movie, Ogunquit Playhouse posters and tin signs surround a small white refrigerator.
An old gas pump, tractor and tin tourist sign are just a few of the items assembled in the outdoor spaces on the museum's grounds.
Bill Johnson surrounded by a small portion of his collection including a Tiffany lamp hanging from the ceiling in the foreground.
A cupola topped with a weathervane on the grounds at the museum.
An antique telephone with Maine town collectibles in background.
A broader view of the building that formerly housed Elsie Libby's Colonial Tea Room including the gleaming silver 1937 LaSalle parked in front.
A Walter piano surrounded by an interesting collection of items including a stuffed boar's head hanging on the wall and a framed portrait of Tiny Tim.
Collectible blue and white plates hanging on the wall read "A Rest Here Will do Me Good", and "Am Embracing Every Opportunity to Keep Occupied".
Bill Johnson on the porch of a building that once served as Elsie Libby's Colonial Tea Room from 1923-1940 surrounded by just a few of his many treasures.
Antique crank organ.
All photos/art by Jared Charney
Bill Johnson’s Johnson Hall Museum in Wells, Maine, is filled with objects and novelties from a lifetime spent collecting. From the smallest ceramic collectibles to entire buildings, his collection is eclectic and every item has a story. Our photographer, Jared Charney, was also inspired by what he found on location. This slide show represents only a small sampling of what he captured.
To see more of Jared’s work, please visit his website: http://www.jaredcharney.com
Editor’s Note: Bill Johnson passed away on February 1, 2014.
To visit the museum in Wells, Maine, contact the museum directly, 207-985-0015
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