Maine Library Postcards

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Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost America


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.

Bangor Public Library Bangor Public Library Public Library and Pierce Memorial
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.
Bangor Public Library Bangor Public Library 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.

Bar Harbor

There seem to have been three iterations of Bar Harbor's library.

Bar Harbor Village Library

Bar Harbor Village 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.

Bar Harbor (Jesup Memorial Library)

Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor Dedicated in 1911. Still in use. Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor
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.


Bath, ME Library AKA. 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.
Bath, ME Library
Bath, ME Library from park Bucolic setting, and another view captured on a Tichnor Quality View. The card was never mailed.


Belfast, ME Library 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, building.
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.
Belfast, ME Library

Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor library

Established 1906.

The current building is the 1840s 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.

Bridgton, ME Library (L) Pioneer post card, mailed in 1905.
(R) Tinted German card predates 1907.
Bridgton, ME Library

I believe that this was the original, 1895 building. No knowledge as to its fate.

Brunswick (Curtis Memorial Library)

Curtis Memorial Library (L) Curt Teich Card, with a date code signifying a publication date between 1908 and 1910.
(R) Tichnor Bros. card, never mailed.
Curtis Memorial Library

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.

Bucksport (Buck Memorial Library)

Buck Memorial Library

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.


Calais, ME Free Library Very Romanesque.
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.
Calais, ME Free Library


Camden, ME library 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.
Camden, ME library

Clinton (Brown Memorial Library)

Clinton, ME Library (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.
Clinton, ME Library

Entirely donated by W.W. Brown in 1899-1900. Still in use.

Corinna (Stewart Free Library)

Stewart Free Library

Still in use.

Card printed in Germany, prior to 1907.

Dexter (Abbott Memorial Library)

Dexter, ME library

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.

East Sebago (Spaulding Memorial Library)

East Sebago, ME library

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.

Eastport (Peavey Memorial Library)

Peavey Memorial Library

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.


Ellsworth, ME library (L) Tichnor Quality View, mailed in 1938.
(R) American Art Post Card.
Ellsworth, ME library

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.


Fairfield, ME library (L) ZIM card, mailed in 1918.
(R) Unattributable monochrome postcard.
Fairfield, ME library

Farmington (Cutler Memorial Library)

Cutler Memorial Library, Farmington, ME (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.
Cutler Memorial Library, Farmington, ME

Built 1901, per detail on color card. On the National Register of Historic Places, per Archiplanet.

Greenville (Shaw Library)

Greenville, ME library

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.

Hallowell (Hubbard Free Library)

Hallowell, ME Library 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.
Back of aluminum card
Interior of Hubbard Free Library (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.
Hallowell, ME Library

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.


Soldiers Monument and Public Library (L) 'Soldiers' Monument and Public Library.' The former appears to be for the Civil War.
(R) Tichnor Quality View.
Kennebunk, ME Library

Still in use, with an addition.


Lincoln, ME Memorial Library

Still in use.

American Art Post Card.

Machias (Porter Memorial Library)

Machias, ME Library (L) I.M. Sargent card.
(R) American Art Post Card.
Machias, ME Library

It, and Bucksport's library, were designed by architect George Clough. The Library's history page mentions that it is built of Marshfield granite.


Naples, ME Library

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.


Norridgewock, ME Library (L) The card was No. 11560 from the Metropolitan News Co. of Boston.
(R) Zim postcard, mailed in 1911.
Norridgewock, ME Library

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.

Paris Hill (Hamlin Memorial Library)

Hamlin Memorial Library

From cute to creepy.
Formerly, the Oxford County Jail. Since 1902, the Library and a Museum.

Metropolitan News postcard, mailed in 1909.


Portland, ME library 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.
Portland, ME library


Rangeley, ME library

1909 building. Still in use with a 2002 addition.

Curt Teich glossy card dates to either 1909 or 1910.

Sanford (Louis B. Goodall Memorial Library)

Sanford, ME library

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.


Sargentville, ME Library

Evocative card featuring a tiny Maine library and three pine trees. One of my favorites.

Seal Harbor

Seal Harbor, ME library

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.


Seal Harbor, ME library

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.

Squirrel Island

Squirrel Island casino and library

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.


Westbrook, ME Library Two nearly identical Hugh C. Leighton cards: one was mailed in 1906 and the other in 1909. Westbrook, ME Library

Built in 1894, with a somewhat defective 1984-9 addition, which was closed for 5 months in 2007-8 for repairs. Still in use.


Public Library, 1805, Wiscasset, ME

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.

Yarmouth (Merrill Memorial Library)

Yarmouth, ME library (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.
Yarmouth, ME library

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.