Kevin Johnson, photo archivist for the Penobscot Marine Museum of Searsport, will present an illustrated talk titled Lincolnville: The Postcard View; Selections from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the at the Lincolnville Community Library, 208 Main St./routes 52 and 173, in Lincolnville Center.

The slide show and talk will include the story of the postcard company, along with historical views of Lincolnville and the surrounding towns. The Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company was founded in Belfast in 1909 by Rudolph Herman Cassens, whose goal was to photograph small towns and rural areas from Maine to California and produce postcards that would promote tourism. While Cassens did not completely fulfill his dream, his company did produce more than 50,000 glass plate negatives of New England and upstate New York between 1909 and 1947.

The images of Lincolnville and other towns take viewers back to a time when the roads were still dirt, horse drawn carriages outnumbered cars, coastlines were undeveloped, and elms lined the streets. The postcard collection is now part of the archives of the Penobscot Marine Museum and continues to grow as more negatives are located and acquired.

There is no charge for the program. For more information, call 763-4343 or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or