From Guiding Lights to Beacons for Business: The Many Lives of Maine's Lighthouses

From Guiding Lights to Beacons for Business: The Many Lives of Maine's Lighthouses

by W. H. Bunting, Richard Cheek, Tom Denenberg, Tim Harrison
     
 
An iconic feature of the Maine coast (and in a few places inland), lighthouses have served as important navigational aids but also as tourist attractions, art subjects, and advertising symbols. This lavishly illustrated third volume in Historic New England's visual history series explores the lives and legends of lighthouse keepers, shares tales of maritime disasters,

Overview

An iconic feature of the Maine coast (and in a few places inland), lighthouses have served as important navigational aids but also as tourist attractions, art subjects, and advertising symbols. This lavishly illustrated third volume in Historic New England's visual history series explores the lives and legends of lighthouse keepers, shares tales of maritime disasters, examines the architecture of lighthouses, and discusses efforts to preserve lighthouses themselves. It also explains how Maine's lighthouses have inspired myriad forms of representation, from paintings, photographs, and children's stories to tabletop models and all sorts of practical bric-a-brac. The lights were key to the development of the tourist trade in Maine (beyond facilitating safe landings), and they are a ubiquitous symbol on corporate logos, advertisements, souvenirs, and collectibles--from the past to the present. The ten chapters are from a variety of contributors, and each chapter is richly illustrated with photographs and ephemera culled from private and public collections. Dynamically designed with fold-out covers, this book is indeed a treasure-trove of lighthouse information and images.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884483380
Publisher:
Tilbury House Publishers
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Read an Excerpt

Introduction:

The third volume in Historic New England's new series will be a visual history of Maine lighthouses, highlighting the many roles these beacons have served from navigational aids and art subjects to tourist attractions and advertising symbols.

The influence of Maine's lighthouses derives not just from the structures themselves but from the myriad forms of representation and reproduction that they have inspired, ranging from paintings and photographs to tabletop models and all sorts of practical bric-a-brac. This rich imagery will be artfully incorporated throughout the book by award-winning designer Julia Sedykh to illustrate the ten chapters that will define the multiple dimensions of Maine's light stations.

Beginning with a brief introduction, the text will be limited to a short essay in each chapter, accompanied by a rich array of illustrations culled from private and public collections and other resources all over New England. Each of the chapters will be devoted to a major facet of Maine lighthouse history.

Meet the Author

Edited by RICHARD CHEEK, the book features contributions by W. H. BUNTING, maritime historian; THOMAS ANDREW DENENBERG, director of the Shelburne Museum; TIMOTHY HARRISON, editor of Lighthouse Digest magazine; KIRK F. MOHNEY, assistant director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission; DAVID RICHARDS, director of the Margaret Chase Smith Library; and EARLE G. SHETTLEWORTH, Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and Maine State Historian.

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