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A Century Apart: Maine Then & Now
Photographer Cindy McIntyre travels all around the state of Maine (and other parts of the country in winter months) selling high-quality photographic prints. She found that some of her best-selling framed prints are the ones that pair "then and now" images: an antique postcard scene and a modern-day photo taken from exactly the same spot. In A Century Apart she has collected 61 particularly interesting antique postcards from around Maine and paired them with her own photographs. The result is a fascinating glimpse at how much has remained the same -- and in some cases, how much has changed -- in Maine's cities, small towns, and countryside.
We've all had the experience of poring over the "then and now" photos occasionally printed in our local newspapers -- everyone seems to find these photo pairs irresistible. Now Cindy McIntyre takes us on an armchair tour of both past and present with her historic images, artfully done modern views, and interesting brief histories of each location.
"Most Maine town histories are individual affairs, some quite ponderous, but here is a sprightly lineup of comparative pieces about a whole range of communities from Auburn to York Beach. Side by side, then, are views of places in twin images -- postcards of old and photographic reality now -- with capsule stories about each of these locations. There’s also a nice bit of history about Maine postcards, themselves. Charming, enlightening, and fun." --Neil Rolde, author and Maine historian
"A Century Apart is a most unusual tour of Maine’s past and present- informative, often charming, sometimes poignant, and always fascinating." -- Maine in Print, Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
"A Century Apart: Maine Then & Now is a gorgeous visual and historic tour of Maine’s landscapes and cities. A superb souvenir book for Maine vacationers, and a trip down memory lane for longtime Maine residents." -- The Midwest Book Review
"A real treasure." --Maine Sunday Telegram
"Cindy McIntyre has created a new, clever way to look at local Maine history using the history, technology and usefulness of old postcards." -- The Times Record Brunswick, Maine
"This is a fine book to browse through, as it helps give an overview of much of the state that hangs together rather nicely." -- The Camden Herald
"The book celebrates the resilience of Maine families and communities." -- The Lincoln County News, Damariscotta
"A gem of a look backwad and forward, a fascinating idea wound up being even better on the page." -- The Courier-Gazette, Rockland, Maine