Postcards: using picturesque scenes to encourage early tourism

Postcard, Ephemera Show in Rockland, Sept. 28

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ROCKLAND — The Rockland Historical Society will hold its seventh annual Postcard and Ephemera Show and Sale on Saturday, September 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Rockland Congregational Church, 180 Limerock Street.

Admission is $3.

“Real Photo” postcards are an excellent record of Maine history, according to Show organizers, in a news release. Starting before the turn of the century, itinerant photographers traveled around the country photographing streetscapes, landmarks, businesses, country stores, steamboats, sailing vessels, trains, and people – picturesque scenes to encourage tourism.

Walker Evans, the well-known photographer of the Great Depression, had a passion for vintage postcards. He claimed that “those views of the American vernacular reveal the human condition and show what the present will look like when it is the past,” said the Post Card Show.

Maine postcard dealers will be selling old postcards and historical paper items. The Penobscot Marine Museum will be selling their reproduction postcards and photographic prints.

The Rockland Historical Society will sell their historical publications, DVDs of Rockland history produced by GEM Productions, and Old and Curious Things (lawn sale items with a historical flavor).

Coffee, sandwiches, and homemade baked goods will be sold.

This year, Rockland Historical Society volunteer Ben Perry will be selling some of his “Silly, Funny Stuff” (small sculptures that are a play on words) and copies of his little book titled Lime City Humor: This Is “It” in a Nutshell. Historical society volunteers persuaded Perry to collect his humorous sculptures in a little book and formed the Whimsical Publishing Co. to print it.

“It is sure to bring a smile to those leafing through its pages,” said the Show.

Event Date: 

Sat, 09/28/2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Event Location: 

Rockland Congregational Church

Address: 

180 Limerock Street
Rockland  Maine
United States