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Originally published in Compass, August 14, 2014
Historic photo exhibit in Deer Isle

Historic post cards of Maine

Penobscot Marine Museum’s exhibit, “Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye,” hosted by the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society at Island Heritage Trust runs through August 30. Above, a postcard of Deer Isle.

Photo courtesy of Penobscot Marine Museum

Penobscot Marine Museum’s historic photography exhibit, “Hancock County Through Eastern’s Eye,” is now at the Island Heritage Trust barn in Deer Isle. The photographs in this exhibit are of places people loved a century ago, when the owner of Eastern Illustrating sent his crews with their box cameras into tiny towns, telling them to ask local citizens what they should photograph, what was important to them about their town.

This exhibit is hosted by the Deer-Isle-Stonington Historical Society and will be at the Island Heritage Trust barn, 420 Sunset Road, through August 31, according to a press release. The photographs are of a variety of places in Hancock County. Exhibit hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The exhibit is free.

An online exhibit on Penobscot Marine Museum’s website,, includes many additional Hancock County images. The Eastern collection is the largest single photographic collection in Maine, consisting of nearly 50,000 images of Maine and the rest of New England and upstate New York. Most of the photos are on glass-plate negatives. The Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport is raising funds to acquire more of Eastern’s negatives, and has recently added a searchable database online to its website which includes nearly 30,000 Eastern Illustrating photographs. Photo prints are available from the museum, with proceeds from their sale going to expand the collection. The exhibit was funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and is part of four county exhibits the Penobscot Marine Museum will produce.

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