Title: History of Bar Harbor Told Through Postcards
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing's Postcard History series is Bar Harbor from local author Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. The book boasts more than 200 vintage postcards and memories of days gone by.
By 1898, when the production of picture postcards began, Bar Harbor had become one of America's leading summer resorts and second only to Newport, RI, in wealth and social standing. For the next six decades, the postcard recorded the transformation of this coastal island community into a middle class tourist destination.
Grand hotels, seaside mansions, and elegant gardens made way for roadside cabins and motels catering to automobile travelers. Bar Harbor features many never-before-published postcards from the collections of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, the Bar Harbor Historical Society, and the Penobscot Marine Museum.
Shettleworth hopes the book will "provide the reader with a vivid picture of Bar Harbor as it changed from Gilded Age resort into the popular tourist destination of today. Because so many major homes and buildings have disappeared through fire and demolition, I would like the reader to gain an appreciation for those significant community landmarks that remain."
Highlights of Bar Harbor:
• A portion of the profits from the book are being donated to the Bar Harbor Historical Society.
• Most of the images are from the collection of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
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