By Earl Brechlin
This can be the 3rd in Earl Brechlin's sequence of small books that includes colour reproductions of old postcards. Captions contrary every one historical card describe the photographs, so much of which date from 1900 to 1930. The postcards rfile various attention-grabbing destinations, together with previous Orchard seashore, Portland, Pemaquid, Wiscasset, and several other lighthouses.
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A STORM IN 1978 DAMAGED THE PIER AGAIN. HOME TO FOOD BOOTHS AND SHOPS, IT IS NOW ABOUT 500 FEET LONG AND MADE ENTIRELY OF WOOD. 27. OLD ORCHARD HOUSE LOCATED WELL BACK FROM THE BEACH, THE OLD ORCHARD HOUSE, BUILT IN 1876, WAS A POPULAR SPOT FOR PEOPLE WHO WANTED AN OVERALL VIEW OF THE ACTION. THE OLD ORCHARD HOUSE WAS THE TOWN’S LARGEST HOTEL, WITH MORE THAN 300 ROOMS. IT WAS ONE OF THE FEW SPARED IN THE GREAT FIRE OF 1907, WHICH LEVELED SCORES OF HOTELS AND PUT 5,000 PEOPLE AND THEIR BELONGINGS ON THE BEACH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT ON AUGUST 15.
MAJOR FIRES, INCLUDING BLAZES IN 1919, 1922, 1923, 1948, 1969, AND 1975, HAVE BEEN A REGULAR INSTRUMENT OF CHANGE AND RENEWAL FOR THIS SEASIDE RESORT. 33. HARRY JONES’S PLANE THE BROAD, HARD-PACKED STRETCH OF SAND ALONG OLD ORCHARD BEACH AT LOW TIDE PROVED TO BE TOO MUCH OF A LURE FOR EARLY AVIATORS. HARRY JONES FREQUENTLY FLEW OUT OF OLD ORCHARD. HE WAS THE PILOT OF THE FIRST AIRMAIL ROUTE IN MAINE, WHICH BEGAN BETWEEN PORTLAND AND AUGUSTA IN OCTOBER 1919. AVIATOR CHARLES LINDBERGH MADE AN UNSCHEDULED LANDING ON OLD ORCHARD BEACH IN THE SPIRIT OF ST.
It would be impossible to showcase them all, but the images in this book do provide a wonderful taste, a visual sampling, if you will, of the way things were “down Maine” around a century ago. They also contain clues to much of the state’s proud history. In that respect, they allow people of today to take a trip not only to a place they love and know well, or may one day hope to visit, but also to a place where no one can ever hope to go—back to another time. 1. FORT MCCLARY, KITTERY POINT WITH A LOWER TIER OF GRANITE AND AN UPPER STRUCTURE OF SQUARED LOGS, THE BLOCKHOUSE AT FORT MCCLARY HAS STOOD GUARD OVER THE ENTRANCE TO THE PISCATAQUA RIVER SINCE IT WAS BUILT IN 1808–09.