Greetings from Vacationland: vintage Maine postcards

by monkeyfist

Greetings from Maine; vintage postcard – posted by naslrogues

Maine is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States, and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south. The 23rd state is famous for its scenery—3,500 miles of rocky, tidal coastline, low, rolling mountains, heavily forested interior and picturesque waterways—as well as for its seafood, especially lobster and clams. Also in the north-easternmost area is the Old Sow, the largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere.

Portland Head Light by Night, Casco Bay, Portland, Maine

Portland Head Light is a historic lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine that sits at the entrance of the shipping channel into Casco Bay.

George Washington engaged two stone masons from the town of Portland and instructed them to take charge of the construction of a lighthouse on Portland Head. The President reminded them that the colonial government was poor and that the materials used to build the lighthouse should be taken from the fields and shores. The tower was completed during 1790 and first lit with whale oil lamps on January 10, 1791.

The station has changed little except for the rebuilding of the whistle house in 1975 due to it being badly damaged in a storm. Today, Portland Head Light stands 80 feet above ground and 101 feet above water and the 200,000 candlepower, DCB 224 airport style aerobeacon is visible from 24 miles away.  The beacon and fog signal are owned and maintained by the U.S. Coast Guard as a current aid to navigation. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Portland Head Light on April 24, 1973.  MORE

Portland, Maine folding mailer

Portland, Maine: Lobster pound in the Old Port

Map of Mount Desert Island, Maineposted by Striderv

Mount Desert Island (often abbreviated MDI) in Hancock County, Maine, is the largest island off the coast of Maine. With an area of 108 square miles (280 km²) it has a year-round population of approximately 10,000, although it is estimated that two and a half million tourists a year visit Acadia National Park on the island.

The island is home to numerous well-known summer colonies such as Northeast Harbor and Bar Harbor. Current notable summer residents include George Mitchell, Tim Robbins, David Rockefeller, Susan Sarandon, and Martha Stewart.

See also: Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor Souvenir Folder »

Seals of Mount Desert Rock

Mount Desert Rock is New England’s outermost light station, being both farther offshore and more exposed than any other lighthouse on the east coast. It is on a small island about 18 nautical miles (33 km; 21 mi) south of Mount Desert Island, and was first established in 1830. more on wiki

Maine postcard

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