Although this was not a Carnegie library, it shares a resemblance with Illinois' Freeport Carnegie library and the Galesburg library, lost to fire. The current building, along with the high school, were planned by the architects of Peabody & Stearns, of Boston, of course, in 1912--after a fire. Its renovation and addition date to 1997. Its roots date back to the library of the Bangor Mechanic Association.
|This C.T. American Art (Curt Teich) card
was mailed in 1917.
|Similar view shows a sign,
presumably for a bus stop.
|Although this is called an American Art Post Card,
this postcard doesn't have Curt Teich QC. Pierce is misspelled as 'Peirce Memorial' in the caption.
|Two similar linen finish cards are featured below.
(L) White border card from a ca. 1940 photo.
(R) Curt Teich post card also features the city's high school. The steps to the library have some shrubs in square planters.
There seem to have been three iterations of Bar Harbor's library.
The book Bar Harbor, by Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., shows a very similar postcard, and asserts that this building was erected in 1890.
Mundane, unattributed monochrome card, mailed in 1906.
|Dedicated in 1911. Still in use.|
|Thought to be a Curt Teich reprint.||Leighton & Valentine Card with an unevenly divided back, photographed to show off the building's symmetry.
I believe that Hugh C. Leighton merged with Valentine Souvenir, possibly due to the Great War.
Patten Free Library. Built in 1890: still in use, with 2 additions.
Especially on the righthand card, the library facade looks a touch horrified.
This looks like a very inefficient use of space, but I like the building anyway. The link will show you an interior view, if you're curious.
|Bucolic setting, and another view captured on a Tichnor Quality View. The card was never mailed.|
|An 1888 building that almost could have served as a model for the latter Carnegie 'Standard Plan.'
It's still in use, with 4 additions, the latest in 2000. It makes for a rather clunky, but functional,
I like both these cards, but some of the details in the street view are wonderful. Many New England cards were Hugh C. Leighton products that were printed in Germany.
The current building is the
Greek Revival residential structure, slightly altered, shown on the attractive 1946 Curt Teich linen post card.
I have a second card, with nearly identical view, by American Art Postcard Co. of Boston. Hmm.
Its neighboring Hyde House holds the library's book store. I suspect its customers are tourists and summer people.
Actual spelling is Bridgton.
|(L) Pioneer post card, mailed in 1905.
(R) Tinted German card predates 1907.
I believe that this was the original, 1895 building. No knowledge as to its fate.
|(L) Curt Teich Card, with a date code signifying a publication date between 1908 and 1910.
(R) Tichnor Bros. card, never mailed.
1904 building. Its benefactor, William J. Curtis, asked Andrew Carnegie to withdraw his grant, as Curtis 'cherished the idea of presenting to his native town a library building as a tribute to his father's memory.' Also according to the Library's website, the building required a 1973 addition of 10,000 square feet.
Dual publishing information:
American Art Post Card Co. and C.T. American Art Colored, an early Curt Teich imprint.
Built by architect George Clough, according to Machias' library's history page.
Designed by Arthur H. Vinal. Built in 1892. Still in use, with a little help from a 1985 addition.
(L) Although the card has an entire back and was printed in Germany, there is a hand stamp of JUN 9 1931. What it signifies, I do not know.
(R) Beautiful Valentine & Sons postcard, printed in Great Britain.
|Unusual views, front and rear, of the library and its accompanying amphitheatre.
The only other similar combo I have seen is in Waukesha, Wisconsin, but its amphitheater is separate.
Both cards were produced by Curt Teich and date from the 1930s.
In 2011, the library saw the return of a 215 year old book, found by the grandson of the man who just might possibly had light-fingered it.
|(L) Monochrome card mailed 1906.
(R) Color card has entire back. Close examination indicates that the red walls are retouched. This card seems to be produced by the same folks that brought you the color Waukesha, WI card.
Entirely donated by W.W. Brown in 1899-1900. Still in use.
Still in use.
Card printed in Germany, prior to 1907.
Built in 1894, and given to the Town of Dexter. Nice Christmas present, and useful, too! Today it serves six communities.
ZIM card, mailed in 1918.
The distinction between East Sebago and Sebago appears to be gone.
When life hands you rocks, build a library. Leon Spaulding did, in 1923.
It's still in use today.
Photo postcard, mailed in 1947.
1893 building, with Romanesque Revival features: still in use. It's red. Really red. Redder than it should be.
Robbins Bros. card, mailed in 1909.
|(L) Tichnor Quality View, mailed in 1938.
(R) American Art Post Card.
The Tisdale House, in which the Library dwells, was built in 1817, and has served (into perpetuity) as a library since 1897. Mercifully, it has a three-storey addition.
|(L) ZIM card, mailed in 1918.
(R) Unattributable monochrome postcard.
|(L) Purchased as the Farmington, IL library. Oops. But it is the only
'lilirary' card in my collection. Publisher George H. Hodgdon
needed lessons in mirror writing.
(R) Hodgdon did a little better with this card, but it looks like he may have bought the plate(s) from Berry Paper of Lewiston.
Built 1901, per detail on color card. On the National Register of Historic Places, per Archiplanet.
Now, with the Davis Annex!
Built in 1925 by Charles D. Shaw: eventually the Library claimed the whole building. Mr. Shaw didn't seem to mind a bit.
Photo postcard, mailed in 1947. Apparently, according to its sender, this was the end of the good road.
|Who can resist an aluminum postcard?
Evidently, a lot of folks did: I've seen two to this date.
Apparently the aluminum card was mailed in a glassine envelope, as fourth class mail. This card was produced by Owens Bros.-- Hillson Co., of Boston.
|(L) Poorly exposed photo postcard of the interior.
(R) The other, more ordinary card with an unevenly divided back, was made in Germany. I believe one of the publishers reversed the negative.
According to the library's web page, this is the oldest library building in Maine still in use. It was never a church, although architect Alexander C. Currier's design was that of a English country church. The 1880 building had 1893 and 1897 additions, and landed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
|(L) 'Soldiers' Monument and Public Library.' The former appears to be for the Civil War.
(R) Tichnor Quality View.
Still in use, with an addition.
Still in use.
American Art Post Card.
|(L) I.M. Sargent card.
(R) American Art Post Card.
It, and Bucksport's library, were designed by architect George Clough. The Library's history page mentions that it is built of Marshfield granite.
This is the second Naples library structure: the assistant librarian's house.
It was replaced in 1923 by the post office building, and wound up in another old house, which was expanded in 1998.
The card publisher is unknown.
|(L) The card was No. 11560 from the Metropolitan News Co. of
(R) Zim postcard, mailed in 1911.
Aww, what a cute little library in the woods. Maybe this could be
called a 'liberry' without making me enraged.
Its operating income was just a touch over $10,000. Somehow I don't think this building has ever been replaced.
From cute to creepy.
Formerly, the Oxford County Jail. Since 1902, the Library and a Museum.
Metropolitan News postcard, mailed in 1909.
|It's as if the library's history is classified information. I know it was founded in 1867, and
I know that in 2005, this building was replaced.
(L) Early tinted post card.
(R) 1946 Curt Teich linen finish card also features the State building.
1909 building. Still in use with a 2002 addition.
Curt Teich glossy card dates to either 1909 or 1910.
1937 building. Still in use with a branch.
This is one of the library systems in Maine assisted by Stephen King, via the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, specifically, its energy efficiency.
Curt Teich linen finish card dates to 1948.
Evocative card featuring a tiny Maine library and three pine trees. One of my favorites.
Simply designated as 'The Library' on this early divided-back card, by the Hugh C. Leighton Co. of Portland. Yes, it was made in Germany.
From the card, it looks as if this incredible hulk, errr, Queen Anne edifice was built in 1889. Still in use.
The card is a Tichnor product, of the Quality Views line.
Yep, you read the caption correctly. Casino & Library, Squirrel Island, Me.
Dedicated in 1904. The book nut of 4,000 volumes came from Albert H. Davenport, who died fairly soon thereafter.
Leighton & Valentine card.
|Two nearly identical Hugh C. Leighton cards: one was mailed in 1906 and the other in 1909.|
Built in 1894, with a somewhat defective 1984-9 addition, which was closed for 5 months in 2007-8 for repairs. Still in use.
An 1805 building. It began its use as a library in 1929.
Photo postcard with an RPO postmark from the Bangs & Boston Railroad. It was mailed in 1949.
|(L) Published by F.E. Merrill (a relative of the donor?) of Freeport. Annotated with a 1906 date.
(R) The publisher's logo is an M on the side of a pot with flames. Or Sansevieria.
According to its web page, the Library was built in 1905. Interestingly, its architect, A.W. Longfellow, was a nephew of the famous poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Its style is said to match that of his other projects at Harvard, and Radcliffe College. It received an addition in 1988.