Last fall the Bayside Historical Preservation Society generously donated their collection of 187 glass plate negatives to a grateful Penobscot Marine Museum.

“We are thrilled to have these negatives in our collection,” says Kevin Johnson, Photography Curator at the Museum, “they add to our knowledge of a way of life which has disappeared.” Taken between 1909 and 1947, these photographs show life in Bayside during the age of steamship travel with its leisurely summer activities and beautiful summer cottages. Museum volunteers have worked for months scanning the 187 negatives, and now these important historic images of Bayside are available online to researchers, students and the public.

“We are looking for information from the public,” says Johnson, “important documentation often comes to us from the casual viewer who has a family story or a distant memory.” To see the photographs go to penobscotmarinemuseum.org/museum-collections-database, click on “search the database” button, and enter “BHPS” in the search box. Each record contains a feedback back button that allows viewers who have information about the image to submit it online.

The Bayside Historical Preservation Society collection originally came from Janet Collett Pattee, who first came to Bayside as a six-month old baby in 1919. In the 1860s Janet's grandfather, Job Collett, built the family's first home at the top of Ruggles Park. Two of his friends also built cottages, forming a threesome on Broadway between Main and Griffin streets.

The glass plate negatives from the Bayside Historical Preservation Society were originally used to make photographic postcards by the photographers of Belfast’s Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company. Penobscot Marine Museum now has over 50,000 Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company negatives documenting life in Maine and New England in the early twentieth century.