Between 1900 and 1940, many Maine photographers made “real photo” post cards of local scenes and events. At a time when most professional photographers were men, three women largely forgotten today created memorable artistic images that provide rich insights into how Maine people lived and worked in inland towns and coastal villages a century ago.

Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., Maine State Historian and Director and State Historic Preservation Officer of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, will present The Land and Sea of Three Maine Women Photographers: The Real Photo Post Cards of Thurza Foss, Minnie Libby, and Josephine Townsend Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m. in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church St.

In his illustrated lecture, Shettleworth will explores the beautiful photography of Thurza Foss (1860-1937) of Harmony, Minnie Libby (1863-1947) of Norway and Josephine Townsend (1900-1981) of Monhegan. Tickets are $8, $5 for Searsport residents and Penobscot Marine Museum members. For tickets, visit; or call 548-2529 or 548-0334.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or