On Thursday, June 17 at 7 p.m., Kevin Johnson, photo archivist at Penobscot Marine Museum, will present a slide show of historic photographs of Stockton Springs and environs and tell the story of the rescue of the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing glass-plate negatives, which are now housed at the museum.

The slide talk will take place at Stockton Springs Community Library on Main Street. Photographs of Stockton Springs from the recent “Then and Now” photography project, a collaboration between the museum and Searsport District Middle and High schools, will be on display in the library during Johnson’s talk.

In 1909, R. Herman Cassens, a young entrepreneur, started a postcard company, the Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company, in Belfast. Postcards had always been a popular item, especially for travelers, but at the turn of the century they were the rage. Cassens saw a niche between personal/amateur postcards and the mass-produced postcards available in the bigger cities. He had a dream of “Photographing the Transcontinental Trail – Maine to California,” focusing on small rural towns and villages.

Cassens and his small crew of photographers traveled through rural New England and New York focusing their lenses on locally known landmarks, street scenes, country stores and businesses, events and people. The exposed glass plate negatives were sent back to the “factory” in Belfast where they were processed, printed and sent back to the general stores for sale at “2 for 5 cents.”

Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, visit stocktonspringslibrary.org. For more information about the Penobscot Marine Museum’s photography collections, visit penobscotmarinemuseum.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.