Photo Archivist To Present Old Images Of Sullivan and Sorrento
September 19, 2012 – Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Penobscot
Marine Museum, will present old photos of Sullivan and Sorrento at the
Sullivan Recreational Building, on Wednesday, September 19, at 7:00
p.m. The presentation, "Greetings From Sullivan & Sorrento: Selections
from the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Co. Collection," will
include 75- to 100-year-old images of Sullivan and Sorrento.
According to Johnson, showing old photos to the public is a great way
to do historic research. "Presentations like this generate valuable
oral history from the audience," he said. "Old-timers see these images
and talk about what they remember: who lived there, what the
businesses were, when they changed hands, when a town's landscape
changed – events that might not have made it into the local
newspaper." Johnson added that information gathered in such talks may
be added to the museum's archives, preserving important elements of a
The Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. was a Belfast-based
postcard publisher that documented tens of thousands small-town scenes
during the first half of the 20th century. Penobscot Marine Museum
holds the majority of the company's photos in its archives, most of
them on old-fashioned glass-plate negatives.
"Greetings From Sullivan & Sorrento" is sponsored by Sorrento &
Sullivan Historical Society, Sullivan Recreational Building, Route 1,
Sullivan. Donations will be welcomed at the door.