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9299. Claflin, James W., LIGHTHOUSES AND LIFESAVING ALONG THE MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE COAST. 1999. 228p. 200 vintage photographs. Published as part of the Images of America series by Arcadia Publishing. This is the second in a series of volumes of photographic histories of lighthouses and lifesaving along the coasts of the United States. Arcadia is a well known publisher of local and regional histories, including the popular Images of America series. This compact volume features over 200 early photographs dating from the 1870’s through the 1940’s, drawn from my and other private collections, most never before published and traces the history of these services through photos and text. Inscribed by the author if desired. (M) $21.99. (Wholesale pricing: 4+ copies 30% off. )

2176. [paperweight] Maine Lighthouse c.1900. Heavy glass paperweight featuring an early c.1900 photograph of probably a Maine lighthouse as the Keeper poses on the lantern gallery. Nice early lighthouse item, clear, close. Paperweight measures 3 ½” x 4” x 7/8”. Rare early piece. (VG+). $24.

 

27442. (press photo) Keeper Returning by Boat to Egg Rock Lighthouse, March 23, 1946. 8” x 10”. b/w. Close clear view shows Coast Guard Motor Machinist’s Mate Linwood Gammon, keeper of Maine’s Egg Rock Lighthouse, returning to the lighthouse loaded with provisions. Close view shows the keeper and boat with the rocky shore and lighthouse just beyond. Clear, close image, light wear to edges. (VG). $34.

16179. (glass plate negative) Nubble Lighthouse with Keeper, Cape Neddick , Maine c.1890. Vintage 4 x 5 inch glass plate negative captures beautifully Maine’s rocky coastline with a fine view of Nubble Lighthouse perched on the rocky point. This photo includes the cast iron light tower and attached keeper’s dwelling, as well as the boat house. fog bell tower and more. This photo was taken before the light tower was changed from brown to white in 1902. In the foreground can be seen the Keeper rowing the station dory to shore. The glass plate negative has been scanned as a positive to show image detail. Superb clear view will print well. (VG+). $128.

 

16160. (lot 5 photos) Assistant Keeper Robert Thayer Sterling, Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine c.1928-1944. Nice lot of five photos show Assistant Keeper Robert Thayer Sterling with his dog Chang looking out to sea. Also includes two photos of the fog signal bell marked “USLHS 1931” (or 1831). Sterling was the last civilian keeper before the Coast Guard took. He was a journalist and wrote the book “Lighthouses of the Maine Coast and the Men Who Keep Them” in 1935. Jeremy D’Entremont notes that “Sterling, who was from Peaks Island in Portland, Maine, entered the Lighthouse Service in 1915 and spent time at Ram Island Ledge, Great Duck Island, Seguin Island, and Cape Elizabeth (Two Lights) before coming to arriving at Portland Head as an assistant in 1928.” Sterling succeeded Frank O Hilt as principal keeper in 1944. Sterling, who retired in 1946, declared Portland Head the most desirable of all light stations for keepers. (assistant keeper 1928-1944, principal keeper 1944-1946) Many of the photos are labeled on the back. Measure about 3 ¾” x 5”. (VG+). $48.

1659. (signed document) Keeper Joseph P. Jenkins, Boon Island Lighthouse, Maine c.1839. Rare early document written in hand by Keeper Joseph P. Jenkins at Boon Island Light Station off the coast of Maine “transferring custody of the Boon Island Lighthouse”. Jenkins writes: “Boon Island May 9th 1839. To whom it may concern. This certifies that on taking charge of the light house kept at Boon Island by Eliphalet Grover Esq. I found everything connected with the establishment in prime order and that Mr. Grover exhibited the most kindly disposition and gentlemanly deportment toward me and he has my best wishes in retiring from an office the duties of which he has undoubtedly long performed with the utmost faithfulness. [signed] Joseph P. Jenkins”. Document has one light horizontal fold, quite clean on face. 1 page, 5 x 7.75 inches. (VG+). $225.

1234-6,7. (lot 2 document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Cape Elizabeth Life-Saving Station. September 1899. S.N. Dyer, Keeper. Original set of two hand-written letters from Keeper Dyer to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding orders for uniform vest and duck pants for surfman Staples.  8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Two sheets. Rare First District documents in overall clean, crisp condition. (VG+). $110.

15264b. (photo) Lighthouse Fog Signal Bells, Bass Harbor Head Light, Maine c.1952. Very nice close view of the ocean side of a fog signal building with its large hand-struck fog bell. At on time, inside the building there would have been a Gamewell or Stevens automatic striking machine. Just beyond can be seen a rare pryimedal fog bell tower with overhead automatic striker. Rare view as these bells and buildings were only rarely photographed. Close, clean, clear image. 3 ¾” x 4 ¾”. (VG+). $28.

16144. (mounted photo) Heron Neck Lighthouse, Green’s Island, Vinalhaven, Maine c.1899. Early detailed view shows the light station high atop the rocky cliff. Heron Neck Light Station was established in 1854 on rocky Green's Island, at the east entrance to Hurricane Sound, to help guide mariners heading for Vinalhaven's Carver's Harbor. The 30-foot brick tower was attached to the keeper's house, also constructed of brick. A fifth-order Fresnel lens displayed a fixed red light 92 feet above the sea. Early mounted view measures 3 ¼” x 3 ¼” on 5” square mount. Photo is clear and close, on lightly worn and soiled mount. Dated on back August 1899. (VG). $34.

16104. (copy photo from original) Pumpkin Island Light Station, Maine c.1891. Clear, close, 8” x 10” copy photo from an original at the American Heritage Publishing Archive, shows excellent detail of the light tower and Keeper’s dwelling as the family (possibly Keeper Charles Leroy Babson) poses at the front door. Pumpkin Island is on the south side of the northwestern entrance to Eggemoggin Reach, a narrow channel that separates the mainland from Deer Isle and Little Deer Isle. Superb clarity and detail. (VG+). $84.

 

13428b. (photo) Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine c.1955. The handsome Pemaquid Point Lighthouse shown in the photo has guarded this dangerous rocky coastline since 1835, replacing an earlier 1827 stone tower that had deteriorated. The keeper’s dwelling shown was built in 1857. Clear, close b/w photo shows great detail of the entire station including the fog signal tower, oil house, keeper’s dwelling, light tower and more. Clean, crisp, great view. Measures 4 ½” x 6 ½”. Dated 1955. (F-). $28.

21367e. Small, Connie. THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S WIFE. Orono , Maine . 1999. 5th. 170p. Soft wraps. Updated with additional photographs. The compelling tale of Constance Small’s 28-years keeping the lights with her husband Elson began in the early years of the century, growing up the daughter of a Life-Saver at the West Quoddy Head Life-Saving Station. After marrying Elson, they were assigned to the Lubec Channel Light in 1920. Later they served at Avery Rock Light, Seguin , St. Croix River Light, and finally Fort Point Light in New Castle , NH . Most interesting true tale of family life in the Lighthouse Service. Illustrated with photographs. (F-). $15.95.

 

1616. (mounted photo) Heron Neck Lighthouse, Green’s Island, Maine c.1899. Early detailed view shows the light station high atop the rocky cliff. Heron Neck Light Station was established in 1854 on rocky Green's Island, at the east entrance to Hurricane Sound, to help guide mariners heading for Vinalhaven's Carver's Harbor. The 30-foot brick tower was attached to the keeper's house, also constructed of brick. A fifth-order Fresnel lens displayed a fixed red light 92 feet above the sea. Early mounted view measures 4 ¼” x 7 ½” on 6 ¼” x 8 ½” decorated mat. Photo is clear and close, near fine on lightly worn and soiled mount. Dated in pencil August 5, 1899.  (VG+). $48.

6241j. Richmond , Bernice. OUR ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE. New York . 1947. 1st. 275pp. DJ. Clean, tight in chipped dj. True story of a couple that purchased the Winter Harbor Lighthouse, Maine , in the 1940’s and their adventures on the island. To live in a lighthouse means a rather special kind of life. This is a true account of the author and her husband, who purchased the Winter Harbor Lighthouse, Maine , in the 1940’s and their adventures on the island. This is a story of adventure and happiness on the weather-beaten, wave-swept off-shore Maine island. This is the author’s second of two romantic tales of this dream come true that many of us share (VG) $48.

3169g. Richmond , Bernice. WINTER HARBOR . New York . 1943. 2nd. 211pp. DJ. Illustrated with photos. To live in a lighthouse means a rather special kind of life. This is a true account of the author and her husband, who purchased the Winter Harbor Lighthouse, Maine , in the 1940’s and their adventures on the island. This is a story of adventure and happiness on the weather-beaten, wave-swept off-shore Maine island. This is the authors first of two romantic tales of this dream come true that many of us share. Clean, tight in lightly worn dj. (VG+) $56.

3169e. Richmond , Bernice. WINTER HARBOR . New York . 1943. 2nd. 211pp. Without dj. Very light wear to wraps, contents clean tight. Illustrated with photos. To live in a lighthouse means a rather special kind of life. This is a true account of the author and her husband, who purchased the Winter Harbor Lighthouse, Maine , in the 1940’s and their adventures on the island. This is a story of adventure and happiness on the weather-beaten, wave-swept off-shore Maine island. This is the authors first of two romantic tales of this dream come true that many of us share. (VG)  $36. (x)

27372b. (photo) U.S. Lighthouse Service Fog Signal Bells c.1930’s. Very nice close view of the ocean side of a fog signal building with its two fog bells. Inside the building would be the Gamewell or Stevens automatic striking machines. Rare view as these buildings were only rarely photographed. Believe it to be Maine but it could be anywhere. Clean clear image. 2 ¾” x 4 ½”. (VG+). $28.

 

  

23286a. Owl's Head Lighthouse.  Large view c.1900, in early original wooden oval frame. View measures 16" x 20" in 22" x 26" frame. Some wear to gold leaf and black painted frame but would clean up nicely and make a fine display piece. $128. Reduced $85.

14168. (photo) Fletchers Neck Life Saving Station, Biddeford Pool, Maine c.1880 view. Clear, close original 8” x 10” photo printed from original glass plate negative by Peabody Essex Museum, shows great detail of the 1874-Type life-saving station as crewmen work on the equipment. Superb view of the surfboat, beach apparatus cart and the station itself. Crystal clear, great for framing. One slight crease. (VG+). $68.

1535. (glass plate negative) Prospect Harbor Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Superb vintage 4” x 5” inch glass plate negative provides an excellent view of the light station at Prospect Harbor. Prospect Harbor Light is a charming station marking the entrance to Prospect Harbor. The original light was typical of many of Maine’s smaller lights consisting of a short, white granite tower attached to the keeper’s dwelling. This second light of wood was completed in 1891. In later years the walkway to the tower was removed. Note the Victorian visitors enjoying the view from the lighthouse gallery. Glass plate negative has been scanned as a positive to show image detail. Superb clear view will print well. Great detail. (VG+). $74.

4498b. (cabinet photo) Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Maine c.1892. Unusual large view featuring a clear, close view of the Monhegan Lighthouse, about 10 miles offshore from midcoast Maine. The 48-foot granite tower built in 1850 still stands today. It is very similar to the lighthouse on Whitehead Island, built at about the same time. A new two-story keeper's house was built in 1874. Clear, close image shows great detail of the tower and attached Keeper’s dwelling, Assistant Keeper’s dwelling and out buildings. Dated by photographer December 8, 1892. Wonderful composition and clarity. Image clean, clear, light moisture to border only. Measures 5” x 7”. (VG). $44.

13428. (photo) Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine c.1910. The handsome Pemaquid Point Lighthouse shown in the photo has guarded this dangerous rocky coastline since 1835, replacing an earlier 1827 stone tower that had deteriorated. The keeper’s dwelling shown was built in 1857. Clear, close b/w photo shows great detail of the entire station including the fog signal tower, oil house, keeper’s dwelling, light tower and more. Clean, crisp, great view, on postcard paper. (VG+). $38.

14142. (mounted photo) Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Unusual large view featuring a clear, close view of the Monhegan Lighthouse, about 10 miles offshore from midcoast Maine. The 48-foot granite tower built in 1850 still stands today. It is very similar to the lighthouse on Whitehead Island, built at about the same time. A new two-story keeper's house was built in 1874. Clear, close image shows great detail of the tower and a portion of the walkway to the attached keeper’s dwelling. Wonderful composition and clarity, crystal clear, shows great detail including the curtains closed to block the sun. Image 4” x 7”. Clean, crisp. There is a vertical fold to mount to the right of the light tower. (VG-). $48.

 

14226. (glass plate negative) Goat Island Lighthouse, Cape Porpoise, Maine c.1900. 6 ½” x 9”. Large image shows the 1859 tower and house connected by the long covered walkway. This negative from a group of glass negatives attributed to Ethel M. Wight, who photographed in Maine in the very early 1900's. Ethel M. Wight created glass negatives and sold photos in the same way that Sawyer, Thompson & Bicknell produced them at about the same time. She loved different subjects including tree lined country roads, breaking surf, boats at anchor, resort hotels, lighthouses and more. She had her own studio in the Ocean Park section of Old Orchard Beach, Maine. She was made famous for taking a photograph of Charles Lindbergh in front of the Spirit of St. Louis on Old Orchard Beach, Maine on July 25, 1927. She was one of the first members of the Portland camera club. Clean, clear, will produce fine prints. (VG+). $134.

 

13381. (document) To Keeper Joseph Lawler Regarding Expenditure of Oil c.1866. Early hand-written letter dated January 20, 1866 from H.N. Hinkley at the Light House Office, Portland, Maine to Keeper Joseph Lawler at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse regarding expenditures of oil. Hinkly writes: “In …your expenditure of oil for December you made it 8.2.1 ¾ . It should have been 8.3.1/2 . You headed abstract of oil with right quantity 68.3 but carried it down 63.3 – which made the amount on hand 56.3 – It should be 61.3. – Head next return 60.1.1/2 – 61.3….” Joseph Lawler was keeper at Pemaquid Point Lighthouse 1861-1869. Measures 5” x 5 ½”. Rare early document of an important light. (VG+). $76.

Keeper Joseph W. Jellison, Tenants Harbor Light Station, Maine c.1910

13140s. ( portrait photo) Keeper Joseph W. Jellison, Tenants Harbor Light Station, Maine c.1910. Joseph W. Jellison served as Second Assistant Keeper under his brother Frank, at Whitehead Light Station from 1895-1898. His brother Frank N, Jellison was Assistant Keeper there and then Keeper (1890-1905). In 1898 Joseph Jellison transferred to Tenants Harbor Light, where he served as Keeper for 22 years until 1920. Joseph W. Jellison had at least two sons, Linus Jellison who became a ship Captain, and his brother Chalmers, and one daughter Beth. This wonderful large view shows Keeper Jellison sitting in his rocker, with photos of their Firendship sloop on the screen behind. Nice view of Keeper Jellison’s uniform hat, vest and coat with insignia. Large photo measures 6” x 8” on original 10 ½” x 12 ½” mount. Photo is clean and crisp, no damage. Mount has some soiling and moisture damage to margins but does not affect the photo. Identified by the family on back. (VG-) $425. 

13140r. ( lot 6 photos) Keeper Joseph W. Jellison, Tenants Harbor Light Station, Maine c.1910. Joseph W. Jellison served as Second Assistant Keeper under his brother Frank, at Whitehead Light Station from 1895-1898. His brother Frank N, Jellison was Assistant Keeper there and then Keeper (1890-1905). In 1898 Joseph Jellison transferred to Tenants Harbor Light, where he served as Keeper for 22 years until 1920. Joseph W. Jellison had at least two sons, Linus Jellison who became a ship Captain, and his brother Chalmers, and one daughter Beth. Lot includes six photos on album pages of Keeper Jellison, five of which show him or family in the station peapod boat marked “USLHS  G4”. The sixth photo shows the keeper posing on the rocks with their dog as he prepares to go hunting, revolver in hand. Photos are clean and crisp, no damage. About 3 ¼” x 5 ½”each except one is 3 ½” x 4”. (VG) $275. 

11401b. (souvenir cup / saucer) Pemaquid Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine and Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine c.1900. An unusual, bright, decorated commemorative cup with saucer featuring two beautiful images, one of Pemaquid Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine on the saucer, and Lincoln Academy, Newcastle, Maine on the cup. This unusual set is quite attractive and bears fine, close, detailed images. The cup measures 2 ¼” diameter on a 4 7/8” saucer.  Both are marked “Made in Germany [for] J.L. Clifford, Damariscotta, Me.” Clean, no cracks, a very detailed, pretty set for your display with beautiful coloration. Little or no wear. (F-). $88 set.

 

1490. LIFESAVING STATIONS: Saved! History of the Life Saving Service in Maine; Damariscove Station. Island Journal. Island Institute. Volume Two – 1985. Full issue. Wonderful article by noted architectural historian Wick York looks at the history of the Life-Saving Service in Maine, the establishment of stations and the routine of the crews. A second article by Douglas Alvord looks at the lives of the men of the Damariscove Life-Saving Station. Additional articles on Maine boats, fishing, nature and more will make wonderful reading. (VG+). $24.

9419d. Smith, Joseph W. GLEANINGS FROM THE SEA: SHOWING THE PLEASURES AND PENALTIES OF LIFE AFLOAT, WITH CONTINGENCIES ASHORE. 1887. Andover , Ma. 399p. 1st. In original gilt-embossed leather wraps. The irresistible charms of the Maine coastline, and particularly the Biddeford Pool area, prompted the author to write this recollection of the history and the people of this area, resort life and particularly the life of a people largely dominated by the sea. In over 40 chapters the author presents all aspects of the life in the area, from the yachting and fishing of the area, to the storms, cruising and ending with a lengthy 71 page chapter detailing the work of the Life-Saving Service at the Biddeford Pool Station, as well as notes relating to the Life-Saving Service on Cape Cod, lighthouses, and more – worth the cost for this chapter alone. Illustrated with numerous gravure photographs including three wonderful early views of the Biddeford Pool life-saving crews. Delightful reading. Superb early gilt embossed binding with gilt page edges, well done. Contents clean save foxing to end-papers, remains of bookplate, tight. Binding worn, particularly edges, spine worn, beginning to loosen. A wonderful work with superb gravure photos and enthralling text. Difficult to find this original work. (VG-). $134.

 

 

9419e. Smith, Joseph W. GLEANINGS FROM THE SEA: SHOWING THE PLEASURES AND PENALTIES OF LIFE AFLOAT, WITH CONTINGENCIES ASHORE. 1887. Andover , Ma. 399p. 1st. In original gilt-embossed beveled cloth wraps, gilded page edges. The irresistible charms of the Maine coastline, and particularly the Biddeford Pool area, prompted the author to write this recollection of the history and the people of this area, resort life and particularly the life of a people largely dominated by the sea. In over 40 chapters the author presents all aspects of the life in the area, from the yachting and fishing of the area, to the storms, cruising and ending with a lengthy 71 page chapter detailing the work of the Life-Saving Service at the Biddeford Pool Station, as well as notes relating to the Life-Saving Service on Cape Cod, lighthouses, and more – worth the cost for this chapter alone. Illustrated with numerous gravure photographs including three wonderful early views of the Biddeford Pool life-saving crews. Delightful reading. Superb early gilt embossed binding with gilt page edges, well done. Contents clean save foxing to end-papers, tight, new endpapers. Binding clean, only light bumping to corners. A wonderful work with superb gravure photos and enthralling text. (VG+). $168.

13207. (mounted photo) U.S. Life-Saving Station, White Head, Maine c.1890. Large rare view shows the expanded 1874-type station located on Whitehead Island off Spruce Head, Maine. Photo measures 7” x 9” on 8” x 10” mount and provides clear view of the two bays with a surfboat and a Francis Metallic Lifecar hanging from the ceiling. Close, clear, only very light soiling. (VG+). $295.

13348. (photo) U.S. Life-Saving Service Station, Cross Island, Maine. c.1915. Rare early photo on postcard paper shows good detail of the expanded 1874Type station and long boat ramp from the side. Photo measures 3 ½” x 5” on postcard paper. Postmarked 1915. Light wear, clear. (VG). $44.

   

835b. (souvenir cup/saucer) Great Wass Island Life Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine c.1900. A bright, gilt decorated commemorative cup with saucer in white, features a large, detailed, clear full color image of the second life-saving station off Jonesport, Maine. This superb cup measures 2 3/8” in diameter, and is brightly decorated with a gilt decorated rim and handle. Marked “Wheelock Weimar Made in Germany for W.F. Mansfield, Jonesport, Maine.” Saucer measures 4 ¾” in diameter. Very clean, no cracks or checks, little if any wear to image, light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive early piece. (VG+). $148.

6517e. [souvenir vase] Spring Point [Ledge] Light, Portland Harbor, Maine c.1900. An unusual, large, bright commemorative vase in deep cobalt blue, featuring a beautiful full color image of Spring Point [Ledge] Light, Portland Harbor, Maine . This item is quite bold and bears a large, detailed image of the spark-plug type light amidst the harbor with a ship behind. Vase is quite bright and distinctive, and measures a full 4 ½” high and is enhanced by a sparkling decorative gilt trim. Clean, no cracks or checks. "Made in Germany". Only very light wear to gilding. A distinctive and pretty piece for your display. (VG+). $56.

11365d. (cargo receipt) Maine Steamship Company. c.1890’s. 8 ½” x 4 ¾”. This is an unused bill of way for items to be shipped aboard vessels of the Maine Steamship Company. This document is in very good condition, clean with no folds. (F-). $10.

13203. (photo) Baker Island Lighthouse, Cranberry Islands, Maine c.1916. Great close view shows the small light station including light tower, keeper’s dwelling, oil house and other structures located on an island about four miles southeast of Mount Desert Island. The 43-foot-tall cylindrical tower shown here was built in 1855 and the fourth-order Fresnel lens was installed. In 1903, the four-inch layer of brick was added to the outside of the tower and the walkway seen here was installed as well. Nice view,  clear, clean. On postcard paper, postmarked 1916. (VG+). $38.

13150. (photo) Dice Head Lighthouse, Castine, Maine c.1930.  Great close view shows the entire light station including light tower, keeper’s dwelling and other structures as seen from the hill behind the station. Nice view,  clear, light stain upper corner. On postcard paper c.1926-1940’s. Not postmarked. (VG). $18.

13173. (photo) Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine c.1917. The handsome Pemaquid Point Lighthouse shown in the photo has guarded this dangerous rocky coastline since 1835, replacing an earlier 1827 stone tower that had deteriorated. The keeper’s dwelling shown was built in 1857. Clear, close b/w photo shows great detail including the fog signal tower, oil house, oil house, privy and more. Nice view,  on postcard paper. Postmarked 1917. (VG+). $42.

 

 

13214. (commemorative dish) A bright white commemorative dish with gilded edge featuring a beautiful clear, detailed b/w image of the Rockland Breakwater and Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. This piece quite striking, with a clear, detailed image of the brick keeper’s house with rooftop lantern. This pretty piece measures 6” in diameter and is quite bold with a fancy gilt border on the bright white plate body. Marked “Made in Austria for New York Branch 5C & 10C Store, H. Davis Mngr. Rockland, Me. Vienna”. A very attractive piece. Clean, bright, only very light edge wear, three dark spots in glaze. (VG+). $84.

 

12122f. (complimentary pass) Portland Steam Packet Company. 1881. 2 ¼” x 3 7/8”. Pass #207 dated until December 31, 1881, allows Mr. Robert Gatzmer, Trustee, Philadelphia & Atlantic Co. Railway free passage on vessels of the Portland Steam Packet Company. Pass is printed in deep blue on buff card stock by the Franklin Bank Note Company. Beautifully printed with a wonderful vignette of a company walking beam side paddle wheel steamer. Includes printed signature of the company president. The Portland Steamship Company started as the Portland Steam Packet Company in 1844, and was later consolidated into the Eastern Steamship Company. One of their vessels, the side-wheel steamship Portland,  was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. Clean, crisp, near fine. (F-). $88.

13188. (photo) Pemaquid Point Light Station, Maine c.1942. Great photo on post card paper of the light station at Pemaquid Point, Maine. During World War II this station was manned by Coast Guard personnel and on this photo the Coast Guard keeper notes on pen his sleeping room, the mess hall, galley, the lantern room, and room where light apparatus is kept, etc. Great clear detailed photo includes light tower, walkway and a portion of the keeper’s house. Size 3 ½” x 4 ½” on postcard paper. Postmarked 1942. Some wear, a few light creases. (VG-). $38. 

 

1381. (photo) Light House Keeping – Bear Island, Maine c.1946. Clear, close, original 8” x 10” Coast Guard photo shows good detail of Mrs. Kennedy, wife of Coast Guard Keeper Andrew W. Kennedy who can be seen inside the lantern, giving the exterior of the lantern room windows their daily cleaning. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated March 23, 1946. Clear, close view, great detail. (VG+). $48.

1337. (photo) Portland Head Light Station, Maine c.1934. Close clear photo provides great c.1930’s view from the south of the tall white stone light tower and the later 2 ½-story keeper’s dwellings, out buildings and fog signal building. Located on a rocky bluff, Portland Head Light was a focal point for Victorian visitors. This early view shows good detail of the tower and dwelling and is quite close. One keeper can be seen standing in the doorway at the base of the light tower, probably Keeper Frank O. Hilt or Assistant Robert Thayer Sterling.  Frank O. Hilt became principal keeper in 1929. Beginning in 1913, he served as an assistant keeper and then principal keeper at the isolated light station at Matinicus Rock. Hilt remained in charge at Portland Head until 1944. Photo dated September 1934. b/w 3 ½” x 5 ½”. Clear and close. (VG). $22.

1338. (photo) Portland Head Light Station, Maine c.1930’s. Close clear photo provides great c.1930’s view from the south of the tall white stone light tower and the later 2 ½-story keeper’s dwellings, out buildings and fog signal building. Located on a rocky bluff, Portland Head Light was a focal point for Victorian visitors. This early view shows good detail of the tower and dwelling and is quite close, though seems to be double-exposed and a bit dark. b/w 5” x 7”. Clear and close. (VG). $9.

 

1329. (photo) Lighthouse Service Boathouse With Ramp c.1916. Rare view shows Lighthouse Service station boat on boatramp with boathouse clearly visible at the top. In the boat are a nicely dressed group, possibly visitors or a keeper’s family. Not sure yet which station this is, but postmark is Boston. Believe it to be a Maine or NH station, possibly Libby Island. Extremely rare view. Clear image measures 3 ½” x 5 ½” on postcard paper. Postmarked September 27, 1916. (VG). $36.

 

  

12334a,b,c. (negatives) West Quoddy Head Light Station, Lubec, Maine c.1960. Three fine views of West Quoddy Head Light Station by Baker Johnson in the 1950’s. Negatives measure 2 ¼” square and are clear, fine views. From a collection from two former freelance photographers who had their work published in newspapers and publications in the 1950s and 1960s. Will make superb prints. $44 each. 

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12345. (document) Lighthouse Keeper Pay Voucher Form No. 5, Keeper Hiram J. Grant, Fort Point Lighthouse, Maine 1869. This is a very scarce original document from the Fort Point Lighthouse at the entrance to Penobscot Bay near Stockton, Maine. It is a pay voucher for Hiram Grant who served as keeper from 1866 to 1882. This original document was filled out by Grant and signed by him. He was a Civil War veteran. The first light was built in the 1830s but the present light, and the one Hiram Grant was keeper at the date of this document, was built in 1857. The Fort Point light is one of the few still active and still using the original Fresnel lens. Original pay voucher is signed in hand by Keeper Grant, receiving the amount of $115 in pay for the three month period ending December 31, 1869. Document measures 6 ½” x 8 ¼” and is overall clean with one original fold. Superb piece of this well known light station, would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG+). $75.

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12499. (document) Light House Establishment Repairs, Boon Island Light Station, Maine c.1860. Early pre- civil war document details reimbursement for board and room provided by the Keeper for four workmen, two days, working on the station. Dated October 1860. Document is signed in hand by Keeper Joseph H. Hart in receipt of payment, and by Lieut. Charles N. Turnball, Lighthouse Engineer. Of lonely Boon Island Light, Samuel Adams Drake noted in his book The Pine Tree Coast in 1891: “Eight or nine miles out, in plain sight, Boon Island lifts its solitary shaft aloft like an 'eternal exclamation mark' to the temerity of its builders. There is no comfortable dwelling on that lonely rock, over which storms sweep unchecked. The tower is itself both house and home to the watchmen of the sea, and in great gales a prison from which there is no escape until the return of fine weather.” Document is in good condition, one original fold, a few spots and edge toning. Measures 7 x 8 ¼”. (VG+). $88.

 

  

1258d. U.S. Life-Saving Service. Order Form for Uniform for Crumple Island Life-Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine c.1899. 2p. 8 ½” x 14”. Two page original Life-Saving Service uniform form for Oehm & Co., Army and Navy Outfitters of Baltimore, Md., includes all necessary forms for ordering and paying for uniforms. Includes listing of items ordered including Kersey coats, vests and trousers for winter, flannel for summer, caps, overcoats, jumpers, storm suits, cap ornaments, and buttons. Also includes page for measurements with diagrams. Filled out for Surfman No. 2 Fred R. Spurling at Crumple Island Life-Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine. Form is filled out in hand by Surfman Spurling. Rare early Life-Saving Service uniform information and form. Expected wear, light soiling, original folds. (VG). $185. 

 

 

Winter Harbor LH (CG photo)

12415. (document) U.S. Light House Establishment. Supplies for Maine Lighthouses. 1st District. c.1870. Form No. 9. Early post- civil war document details items purchased and approved by [signed] J.B. Hull, Light House Inspector, 1st Dist., for repairs made at the following light stations: White Head (nails), Winter Harbor (manila rope), Burnt Island (manila rope, oars), Monhegan (oars), Boon Island (manila rope, oars, blocks, hemp rope, hoops), Eagle Island (manila rope, oars). Total cost approved $29.66. Dated January 6, 1870. Document is signed in hand by J.B. Hull, Light House Inspector, 1st Dist., as approving items as needed and prices as reasonable. Document is in very good condition, three original folds, light edge wear. Measures 13” x 8 ¼”. Great content, important document. (VG). $148.

 

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Winner of the Time of Wonder Award 2012!

12419. Buzzeo, Toni. Lighthouse Christmas. Penguin. 2011. 32p. DJ. Beautifully illustrated. A lovely child’s tale about a family Christmas at this Maine offshore lighthouse – would Santa even know how to find them ? Frances is determined to make Christmas jolly for her younger brother, even if it means joining family on the mainland and leaving Papa behind on their isolated lighthouse island. After all, would Santa even know how to find them in this faraway spot? But when Christmas Eve is ushered in on a wild storm and Papa risks his life to rescue a drowning man, the children realize that the most important thing about the holiday is being together. As in all great Christmas stories, a happy ending is in store, and Santa finds them after all. Cozy and nostalgic, this story was inspired by the Flying Santa program, a New England tradition since 1929. It's the perfect book for a family to read together in front of the fire on Christmas morning. There's a charmingly nostalgic feel both to the story and to the illustrations, which convey a sense of time and place and are very appealing - a gentle but dramatic story of an earlier time, when just one care package could make a happy Christmas for an entire family. Reading this book with your young ones is sure to become a family tradition. (M). $16.99.

12358. (calendar lot) Biddeford Pool, Maine c.1894. 11" x 14". Lot of three early wall calendars include large early photogravure views of Biddeford Pool buildings. Views include: The Mansion House (Christopher Hussey Place), Tristam Goldthwaite’s House, and The old church by the Wayside. The 1894 calendar is complete with the twelve original calendar pages, the remaining two have had their calendars removed. All are heavily soiled, some staining and corner wear. 1894 calendar could be cleaned a bit and would display nicely in a period setting. Wonderful views. (G-). $18 lot. 

12484. Corbett, Gordon. Keeper of the Light. FogHorn Publishing. 2012. 72p. Soft wraps. Riveting new book from by Gordon Corbett details his grandfather Willie W. Corbett's life as a lighthouse keeper at four Maine lighthouses during the era of the United States Lighthouse Service and the transitional period to the Coast Guard. The book details his early life, through his retirement years, with remarkable stories of a way of life that will never again be repeated. The book includes a large selection of historic family and lighthouse photos and a bonus section on the history of the lighthouse where Corbett was the last official Lighthouse Service keeper on the eastern most island lighthouse in the United States. (M). $9.95. 

 

27106. (framed photograph) Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine c.1889. Lovely early b/w photograph has been professionally matted and framed and presents a wonderful close, clear view of the early light station before the large 2-story keeper’s dwelling was built in 1891. Superb close view of the dwelling, light tower and fog signal building on the rocky point, ready to hang on your wall. (F-). $225. Reduced $155.

 

  

12205a,c. (documents) Lighthouse Keeper Pay Vouchers, Boon Island Light Station, Maine c.1876. Two pay vouchers are dated July 1, 1876 and are filled out in hand by Keeper Alfred J. Leavitt and signed by Alfred J. Leavitt , (keeper 1874-1886), Leander White (first assistant, 1874-1878); or David R. Grogan (assistant, 1876). Of lonely Boon Island Light, Samuel Adams Drake noted in his book The Pine Tree Coast in 1891: “Eight or nine miles out, in plain sight, Boon Island lifts its solitary shaft aloft like an 'eternal exclamation mark' to the temerity of its builders. There is no comfortable dwelling on that lonely rock, over which storms sweep unchecked. The tower is itself both house and home to the watchmen of the sea, and in great gales a prison from which there is no escape until the return of fine weather. ”Documents indicate the amount paid for the period April 1st. to June 30th.,  and are signed in hand  and witnessed. This documents are witnessed by S.H. Marshall, and signed by A.F. Howard as/for Superintendent of Lights. Each document measures 7 ½” x 8” and are overall clean, some wear/tears at fold, some edge wear. Superb pieces on this early offshore Maine light station would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG-). $54 each.

12185. (photo) Negro Island Light Station, Camden, Maine c.1910. Clear 3 ½” x 5 ½” b/w photo shows the well kept light station off Camden Harbor. Camden Harbor is finely locked in between two jutting points of land, one high, the other low, with a pretty little wooded island deftly dropped in at the entrance long known as Negro Island. The name of the island was changed to Curtis Island in 1934. View dates between 1907 and 1914 and is clear and crisp. (VG+). $24.

     The entire Coast Guard Crew visited Tammy in the hospital the day after the rescue.

11495. Alley, Margo. Rogue Wave – Wood Island Lighthouse and The Historic Rescue of Tammy Burnham. 2012. Instant. 187p. Soft wraps. On the afternoon of November 29, 1960, two-year-old Tammy Burnham almost lost her life when the small skiff she was in capsized in Wood Island Harbor. Because of deteriorating weather conditions, the United States Coast Guard called off the search for her and her rescuer, Seaman Edward Syvinski USCG. Tammy’s father, Laurier Burnham, was the lighthouse keeper on Wood Island, where the family lived. When told of the accident, Burnham was ordered to remain on the island. Nevertheless, Burnham set out, against orders, searching for them himself. He found his child and the seaman, but both were near death. Burnham successfully transported them to the larger USCG boat. Unfortunately, their problems did not end there as the U.S. Coast Guard boat crew was disoriented in the fog and heavy breaking seas. A local lobsterman would finally render assistance and play a major part in saving little Tammy’s life. There was a delay of over 30 years before the men involved became recognized and awarded. Today, over 50 years later, Edward Syvinski, who held onto Tammy that fateful night and fought for their very lives, authors his own chapter in Rogue Wave, breaking his silence at last. The story has a history of controversy, but readers may easily reach their own conclusions. (M). $19.95.

 

12178. (cabinet photo) The Cuckolds Fog Signal Station, Maine c. 1890’s. The historical significance of the Cuckolds ledge in Maine dates back to 1874. Located at the entrance of Boothbay Harbor , a busy East Coast port, this seven-acre, fifteen-foot-high rock ledge was easily hidden at night and by ocean waves, fog, or snowstorms. In 1874 the location was marked by a tripod and day-board. In 1890, a recommendation was made for a fog signal station, and in 1891, a sum of $25.000 was appropriated for the building of a fog signal station here. A steam-driven Daboll fog trumpet was established in November 1892, with the attached double dwelling shown here. However, wrecks continued in the vicinity in spite of the fog signal and the government finally agreed to add a light in 1907. The Cuckolds was too small to build a separate lighthouse, so a small tower was built on the roof of the signal house, thus dating this photo before 1907. Clean, clear image measures 4 ¼” x 5 ¼” overall. (VG+). $58.

 

  

12211. Wood, Allan. New England Lighthouses: Famous Shipwrecks, Rescues, & Other Tales. Schiffer. 2012. 160p. Soft wraps. Immerse yourself in New England s maritime history through tales of historic shipwrecks and heroic rescues. From Connecticut to Maine, meet the special individuals who helped those in peril. Learn about the disasters that led to the pioneering of travel safety. As told by the people who witnessed these incredible and often life-changing events, stories tell also of the Flying Santa, miracle baby rescues, and paranormal activity. Amusing accounts from one of the last surviving lighthouse keepers also provide an indelible look at life in and around the lighthouses. With an appendix of lighthouses that can be viewed by boat and a glossary of Mariner terms, this is a great resource for historians, maritime enthusiasts, and a guide for tourists and local residents alike. There s something for everyone in this photographic look at New England s lighthouses. (M). $29.99. 

 

12114. (photo) Lighthouse at Pemaquid Point, Maine by Frank E Claes c.1950's. An old photograph from the collection of Frank E Claes (1910-2000) of Camden Maine. This wonderful photo of “Pemaquid Point Lighthouse” was taken in the mid 20th Century. Photographer Frank E. Claes was formerly of Camden, Me,, but by the 1980’s resided in Orland, Me. Claes, a very accomplished photographer, had opened a portrait studio in Camden in 1950. He also copied and made negatives for people, as well as for Historical Societies, Museums, and libraries. He was from the old school, keeping a copy of the negatives of the photos, so that people went back to him for copies. He specialized in reproducing copies of Maritime history, including photos of many ships. He said that he held the largest collection of Maritime negatives of anyone in the state. His photos have been featured in museums and in books throughout New England. Photo measures 8” x 10” and shows great detail of the stone light tower with the ocean beyond. Clear, close view. (VG+). $32.

12169. (cabinet photo) Grindle Point Light Station, Islesboro, Maine c. 1880’s. Extremely rare albumen photo by unknown photographer shows great detail of the square brick light tower and connected keeper’s dwelling, now the Sailor's Memorial Museum . Islesboro is a 13-mile long, narrow island in upper Penobscot Bay . After a Congressional appropriation of $3500 in March 1848, a light station was established at Grindle Point on South Islesboro's west coast in 1851 to aid mariners entering Gilkey Harbor . The present 1874 light tower is a square 39-foot brick tower attached by a covered walkway to the 1 ½ -story keeper's house. Excellent view, close and clear, only very light wear. It is extremely difficult to find such early views and this view is certainly one of the larger, better ones. Measures 5 ” x 7”. (VG+). $84.

7415. Bunting, W. H. MAINE AT WORK: A SAMPLE OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS, 1860-1920. Gardiner, Maine. 1997. 384pp. With 225 b/w photographs. Any of you who have seen and enjoyed Mr. Bunting’s previous work Portrait of a Port: Boston 1852-1914, will surely enjoy this companion piece. Once again the author puts together a collection of astonishing historic photographs accompanied by narrative captions. Here the author leads the eye with extraordinary skill as we view coastwise cargo schooners, traveling from island to island by scow, a lumber batteaux shooting rapids, granite-cutting operations, long teams of oxen hauling a building through Waldoboro, a mowing gang, train wrecks, lumber camps, and much more. A grand collection for lovers of Maine, the coast, New England or just an earlier time. (M) Available in Paperback for $35. Reduced to $26.

(lot) Damariscove Life Saving Station c.1900. Includes photos, documents, etc. 

    

1269. [mounted photograph] c.1900. Original portrait photograph, of a U.S. Life-Saving Service Surfman, from the Damariscove Life-Saving Station, Maine c.1900. This rare posed portrait photograph shows the handsome surfman proudly posing in his 4-button single-breasted uniform coat. Clearly visible is his uniform cap with “U. S. Life Saving Service”, and life ring and “U.S.L.S.S.” on the right sleeve. Clearly visible too is his surfman No. 7” on his left sleeve. The view measures 4” x 5 ½” on original 6” x 9” mount. Mount is labeled “Holmes [photographer] Bath, ME”. Photo is clear, and crisp, one of the better images we have had in some time. Light soiling to mount. It is exceptionally rare to see such photos of surfmen in any format. From a private collection lot of Damariscota Life-Saving Service items. (VG+). $345.

  

1234a. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, Damariscove Station. August 8, 1899.  E.H. Spinney, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Spinney to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding uniform measurements for his No. 1 Surfman. Text reads: “Gentlemen: As Mr Curran was unable to see my No. 1 man you will use his last year’s measure with this difference – make the pants 22-inches at the knee and bottom of leg. Make the legs an inch longer than the measure you now have. His last years coat is smaller in the arm sizes. Respectfully yours, E.H. Spinney, Keeper.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. One spot, light soil. (VG+). $134.

2245. Griffin , Carl R. III AND Alaric Faulkner. COMING OF AGE ON DAMARISCOVE ISLAND , MAINE . Orono. 1981. 116 p. Soft wraps. A wonderful chronicle of growing up and of life on Maine ’s Damariscove Island . Includes a most interesting chapter on the Coast Guard [Life-Saving] station on the island, their work and details about the men stationed there at the time. Wonderful coastal Maine reading. (VG).  $26.

Lot four (4) Damariscove Life Saving Station items $685 (savings of $68). 

28228. (framed photograph) Coast Guard Keeper Ralph Banks Tending the Light, Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine. December 20, 1957. To help mariners entering Port Clyde's harbor or passing to the west into Muscongus Bay, Congress appropriated $4000 for a light station at Marshall Point in March 1831, replaced in 1857 with the present 31-foot brick and granite light tower. Coast Guardsman Ralph Banks was assigned to this station as keeper from 1952 to 1963. This close clear photograph was taken in 1957, showing Banks cleaning the prisms of the fifth-order Fresnel lens. When the light was automated in 1971, the Fresnel lens was removed and replaced by a modern plastic lens equipped with backup battery power. Photograph made some years ago from the original negative measures 8” x 10” and has been professionally matted and framed. A fine display piece. (F). $225. Reduced $165.

23489. Humiston, Fred. BLUE WATER MEN – AND WOMEN. Portland . 1966. 1st. 172 p. For more than three centuries the sailing vessel has dominated the Maine scene, directly influencing economic, social and cultural structures as well as furnishing an effective method of defense and attack. These men were a breed apart. Their exploits and prowess will be remembered for years to come. Blue Water Men – And Women tells their story, from pirates and the West India trade, to California gold rush, to the era of the “Sail Carriers” and more. Excellent source and reading. (VG+).   $24.

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    1276. Cheek, Richard (ed). From Guiding Lights to Beacons for Business: The Many Lives of Maine's Lighthouses. Historic New England. 2012. 240p. Soft wraps. Published by Historic New England, this new book contains an amazing amount of material with a layout and design like no other book published about Maine's Lighthouses. The influence of Maine's lighthouses derives not just from the structures themselves but from the myriad forms of writing, representation and reproduction that they have inspired. This book is the third volume in the visual history series that Historic New England is publishing, and contains  ten detailed chapters by seven authors, with an introduction by Senator Snowe. With 240 pages and hundreds of color and b/w images, the book is loaded with amazing facts and wonderful visual imagery. Some chapters include: Throw Out the Life-Line, Shaping the Towers, All Alone and Ever Ready, Children Lighthouses and Lifeboats, Saving the Sentinels. The perfect, entertaining, Maine lighthouse book and a must-have for anyone with interest in lighthouses and how they have influenced society, advertising and more over the last century. Shown above is an image from the book, Keepers Robert T. Sterling and Frank Hilt, keepers at Portland Head Light. This is a limited printing and sure to sell out fast. (M). $34.95.

   

1252. (stereoview) Pemaquid Point Light Station, Maine c.1870 by E.A. Noble Photographer, Waldoboro, Maine. Extremely rare, early view. Curiously, very few early photos were taken of this picturesque light station. The handsome Pemaquid Point Lighthouse shown in the photo has guarded this dangerous rocky coastline since 1835, replacing an earlier 1827 stone tower that had deteriorated. The keeper’s dwelling shown was built in 1857. On the gallery can be seen some visitors and possibly the keeper, either Marcus A. Hanna (1869-1873) or William L. Sartell (1873-1883), posing for the camera. Clear, close image, only light occasional foxing and very light edge wear. Extremely difficult to find early views of this well known light station. (VG). $274.

  

1234c. (document) U.S. Life-Saving Service, First District, White Head Station. September 12, 1899. Freeman Shea, Keeper. Original hand-written letter from Keeper Shea to James A. Robinson & Son (clothiers), of Bangor, Maine, regarding uniforms received at the station. Text reads: “Dear Sirs, The clothing for this station is just received. There was an order for a white-duck suit given for Surfman Leland Mann, which did not come with the clothing, and I see that it is not on his bill. Will you please send them, and I will forward the pay for the whole lot. Everything else is all right. Yours truly, Freeman Shea, Keeper White Head L.S.S.” 8” x 10” on official Life-Saving Service stationery. Rare First District document in overall clean, crisp condition. Light soil, toning. (VG+). $134. (postcard view not included)

1254. (lot 4 books) Maine Steamboat History. Lot of four books by Down East Publishing in the 1970’s. Titles include Maine Lakes Steamboat Album,  Kennebec Boothbay Harbor Steamboat Album,  Casco Bay Steamboat Album, Penobscot Bay Mount Desert and Eastport Steamboat Album. Books are soft wraps about 72 pages each. Filled with photos, plans and history of the steamboats that once sailed the area. Wonderful reading, great references. Contents clean and tight, wraps light wear and soiling. (VG). $10 each. Lot 4 books $33.

  

7415. Bunting, W. H. A DAY’S WORK: A SAMPLE OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS, 1860-1920. Part I. Gardiner , Maine . 1997. 384pp. With 225 b/w photographs. Any of you who have seen and enjoyed Mr. Bunting’s previous work Portrait of a Port: Boston 1852-1914, will surely enjoy this companion piece. Once again the author puts together a collection of astonishing historic photographs accompanied by narrative captions. Here the author leads the eye with extraordinary skill as we view coastwise cargo schooners, traveling from island to island by scow, a lumber batteaux shooting rapids, granite-cutting operations, long teams of oxen hauling a building through Waldoboro, a mowing gang, train wrecks, lumber camps, and much more. A grand collection for lovers of Maine , the coast, New England or just an earlier time. (M) Available in Paperback for $35 or Hardcover $55.

20370. Bunting, W. H. A DAY’S WORK: A SAMPLE OF HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS, 1860-1920. Part II. Gardiner , Maine . 2000. 384pp. Soft cover. With 225 b/w photographs. Any of you who have seen and enjoyed Mr. Bunting’s previous works Portrait of a Port: Boston 1852-1914, and A Day’s Work: A Sample of Historic Photographs, 1860-1920, Part I, will surely enjoy this companion piece. Once again the author puts together a collection of astonishing historic photographs accompanied by narrative captions. Here the author leads the eye with extraordinary skill as we view coastwise cargo schooners, traveling from island to island by scow, a lumber batteaux shooting rapids, granite-cutting operations, ship building, and much more. A grand collection for lovers of Maine , the coast, New England or just an earlier time. (M). Published at $35.

5565c. (photo) Portland Head Light Station, Maine c.1950’s. Close clear photo provides great c.1950’s view from the south of the tall white stone light tower and the later 2 ½-story keeper’s dwellings, out buildings fog signal building. Located on a rocky bluff, Portland Head Light was a focal point for Victorian visitors. This early view shows good detail of the tower and dwelling and is quite close. b/w,  8” x 10”, clear and close. (VG). $18.

     

1210. Manuscript. (Boon Island Light House). LETTER PAYING KEEPER OF BOON ISLAND LIGHT $100 FOR BUILDING AND EQUIPPING A BOAT FOR THE LIGHT HOUSE. 1817. Sixteen line letter signed by Winslow Lewis, noted lighthouse builder, and inventor of a new system of lighting. Letter reads: “Boston 8th Sept 1817. Sir. Enclosed is 100 Dollars which you will please pay to the Keeper of Boon Island Light House, it being the amount allowed for building & equipping a boat for the use of the light house on Boon Island. I will thank you to acknowledge the receipt of it by mail. Respectfully Your Obt Servant, [signed] Winslow Lewis.” Lewis adds a humorous note, “The other things for the keeper will be sent by Capt. Low if we can find him - .” With address on the conjugate leaf to the Collector of Customs in York, District of Maine. In 1797, General Benjamin Lincoln, local lighthouse superintendent, met with the Boston Marine Society to discuss the building of an unlighted beacon on Boon Island for the safety of local fishermen and coastal traders. Construction began the following July. The first wooden tower as finished in 1799. It survived until 1804, when it was destroyed by a tremendous storm. In June 1811, General Lincoln recommended a lighthouse on Boon Island. The tower, completed by that winter, exhibited a fixed light 32 feet above the water. The first keeper, after witnessing the vulnerability of the low island (14 feet above sea level at its highest point ) to storms, left after only a few weeks. The second keeper, David Oliver, also resigned and was succeeded by Thomas Hanna. Hanna resigned in 1816. The next keeper, former mariner Eliphalet Grover, to whom this letter refers, was a York native born in 1778. Keeper Grover served a remarkable 22 years at the remote and dangerous station. During these very early years in U.S. lighthouse history, inventor and entrepreneur Winslow Lewis (1770–1850) was instrumental in perfecting and supplying reflector lamps for use in U.S. lighthouses. Winslow Lewis was a sea captain, engineer, inventor and contractor. A resident of Wellfleet on Cape Cod, Lewis began developing his lighthouse lighting ideas during the embargo of American shipping during the Napoleonic wars. Lewis patent reflector lamps were adopted for use in three Massachusetts lighthouses during this period, with “great success both as to brilliancy of the light and the saving of the oil”. The Lewis Patent Lamp was basically a poorly modified version of the Argand Lamp and parabolic reflectors. As one inspector noted the “magnifier” “made a bad light worse,” yet Lewis did not argue with his critics. He used the economy of the Lamp,  emphasizing the 52% oil savings over the Argand Lamps. In 1812, just five years before Lewis penned this letter, Congress approved the first contract for the maintenance of Lighthouses authorizing Secretary of the Treasury, Albert Gallatin, to purchase Winslow Lewis’ patent Lamps, with Lewis refitting all Lighthouses in the United States with Lewis patent Lamps and to keep the new lantern system repaired. Winslow Lewis would continue to strongly promoted his own system of lighting and would be frequently awarded contracts due to his low bids. This is the free franked stamp less cover and postmarked September 8, 1817, Boston, Mass.  Document consists of two text pages, as originally folded, clean and nicely readable. Rare colonial lighthouse document and still more rare signed Winslow Lewis piece. (VG+). $285.

 

7197ss. [newspaper] A New Light-House. Maine Farmer. November 25, 1852 . Short article notes that experiments by Professor Grant into the new Drummond light have been successful and a report is to be made to Congress. The Drummond light, the strongest artificial light known, can be seen by utilizing reflectors throwing a single ray, and by being rotated constantly, thus throwing a single flash. The advantages of the system include a considerable cost savings over the Fresnel light, the best in use. The writer claims that, where ordinary lighthouses are of little use in fog, Professor Grant’s system is so intense that they present the effect known as “heat lightning” as seen through a thick fog. Interesting early work on the subject. Full newspaper contains 4 large pages with articles of the day, light browning, 4 folds, light wear. (VG-). $9.

  

7235h. Mitchell, Edwin Valentine. ANCHOR TO WINDWARD. New York . 1940. 270p.  For thirty five years the Maine Seacoast Mission had been ministering to the needs of isolated communities and families on the islands and headlands of Maine . Within the far-flung parish of the Mission are fifty-two lighthouses, twelve Coast Guard Stations and a lightship, many of which were visited as Mr. Mitchell’s accompanies the crew of the Mission steamer Sunbeam. Learn where the lighthouse keepers go on their vacations, what their favorite reading is, and about their hobbies, as well as carrying the sick to the mainland and taking supplies to those in need. Contains a wealth of information about offshore life of the keepers and others in the area. This was a real sleeper, as the title obscures its rich lighthouse family content. Clean, crisp, near fine. (F-). $68.

20367. READING FOR LIGHTKEEPERS. October 1883. For many years various missions had been ministering to the needs of isolated communities and families on the islands and headlands of Maine. Within the far-flung reaches of the services were over sixty lighthouses, twelve Life-Saving Stations and a lightship. One such mission, the Maine Seacoast Mission, sailed on the Mission steamer Sunbeam carrying the sick to the mainland and taking supplies to those in need. Also aiding the families at the remote light stations was Messrs. W. S. Jordan & Company, who had the contract for supplying the lighthouses with oil. Mr. Jordan made it a practice to include with the loads of provisions, a selection of books, pamphlets, papers and picture books for the children. After being thoroughly enjoyed by the keeper and his family, the lot would be passed along from one station to another. Herein copied are 18 pages from a hand-written log kept by Mr. Jordan, recording packages sent to various Maine light stations. Particularly interesting are comments made by the keepers who received the packages, including excerpts from thank-you letters received. Includes also a listing by date of the keepers and stations who received packages from January 1880 until September 1883.  (Photocopy $3.60).  

3169f. Richmond , Bernice. WINTER HARBOR . New York . 1943. 2nd. 211pp. Very light wear to wraps, contents clean tight. Illustrated with photos. To live in a lighthouse means a rather special kind of life. This is a true account of the author and her husband, who purchased the Winter Harbor Lighthouse, Maine , in the 1940’s and their adventures on the island. This is a story of adventure and happiness on the weather-beaten, wave-swept off-shore Maine island. This is the authors first of two romantic tales of this dream come true that many of us share. Light wear and soiling to wraps. Contents clean and tight. (VG). $28.

  

364. Bachelder, Peter Dow. LIGHTHOUSES OF CASCO BAY . Portland . 1975. 1st. Blue stiff wraps. 88p.  Autographed by the author. “Although the age of lighthouse keepers is gone, the author effectively brings this age alive again, through words and pictures chronicling the people and events in the development and history of Maine’s Casco Bay lighthouses. With over 45 antique photos and illustrations, this work provides an interesting and detailed look at the lights of this area. Scarce edition. Unusually clean, tight, near fine. (F-). $26.

  

6103q. Sterling , Robert Thayer. LIGHTHOUSES OF THE MAINE COAST AND THE MEN WHO KEEP THEM. Brattleboro , VT. 1938. 3rd. ed. 224pp.DJ. Illustrated with over 80 photographs of Maine light stations. Written by the Assistant Keeper of Portland Head Light, this volume contains a wealth of first hand information about the Maine lights and light-vessels. A rescue of seventeen men…seas washing away the garden….a lone survivor on the barren ledge….panic when the light at Saddleback went out….a bombardment of ducks into the lantern….visions, solitude…and an ever changing background of weather and seasons. Slight browning as normal with this title, clean, tight, some wear to hinges, in well worn dj. (G+).   $48.

6103p. Sterling , Robert Thayer. LIGHTHOUSES OF THE MAINE COAST AND THE MEN WHO KEEP THEM. Brattleboro , VT. 1935. 2nd ed. 224pp. Illustrated with over 80 photographs of Maine light stations. Written by the Assistant Keeper of Portland Head Light, this volume contains a wealth of first hand information about the Maine lights and light-vessels. A rescue of seventeen men…seas washing away the garden….a lone survivor on the barren ledge….panic when the light at Saddleback went out….a bombardment of ducks into the lantern….visions, solitude…and an ever changing background of weather and seasons. Slight browning as normal with this title, clean, tight, some wear. (G+). $45.

6103h. Sterling, Robert Thayer. LIGHTHOUSES OF THE MAINE COAST AND THE MEN WHO KEEP THEM. Brattleboro, VT. 1938. 2nd printing 1938. 224pp. Illustrated with over 80 photographs of Maine light stations. Written by the Assistant Keeper of Portland Head Light, this volume contains a wealth of first hand information about the Maine lights and light-vessels. A rescue of seventeen men…seas washing away the garden….a lone survivor on the barren ledge….panic when the light at Saddleback went out….a bombardment of ducks into the lantern….visions, solitude…and an ever changing background of weather and seasons. Clean, tight, unusually good copy. Ex lib. The best Maine account available. (VG). $55.

   

835. (souvenir cup) Crumples Island Life Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine c.1900. A bright, gilt decorated commemorative cup in white, features a large, detailed, clear b/w image of the early life-saving station as the crew poses with the surfboat. This superb piece measures 3 in diameter, and is brightly decorated with a gilt decorated rim and handle. Marked “B.F.H.S. China Made in Austria For W.F. Mansfield, Jonesport, Me.” Very clean, no cracks or checks, little if any wear to image, light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive early piece. (VG+). $225.

10468. (framed albumen photograph) Steamship Portland - Portland Steam Packet Company c.1890’s. Large format albumen photo of the Portland Steam Packet Company Steamer 'Portland' 'Only line between Boston and Portland and Northern and Eastern Resorts', a broadside view of the side-wheeler underway with crowd on deck, in original pressed golden oak frame, with captioned mount, original rippled glass. 19 ½” x 29 ¼” image, frame 33 ¼” x 43”.  The side-wheel steamship Portland was one of the largest and most palatial vessels afloat in New England during the 1890s. Built in 1889 by, the steamer ran between Portland, Maine and Boston until its loss with all hands in 1898. The Portland's loss was New England's greatest steamship disaster prior to the year 1900. The wooden-hulled paddle wheel steamship measured 291 feet in total length with a maximum breadth of 68 feet. Built in 1889 by the New England Shipbuilding Company of Bath, Maine, the steamer was one of New England's largest and most luxurious side paddle wheel steamships, accommodating up to 800 passengers. For nearly 10 years Portland connected Boston, Massachusetts and Portland, Maine for the Portland Steam Packet Company (later renamed the Portland Steamship Company) without much notoriety. Portland carried thousands of passengers and tons of cargo along the New England coast and earned the reputation as a safe and dependable steamer. $3,900.

 

11493. (photo) Keeper Llewellyn Samuel Norwood, Owl's Head Light, Maine c. 1904-1911. Vintage snapshot photograph, shows Captain Llewellyn Samuel Norwood, lighthouse keeper for the Owl's Head Light in Maine, standing on the house steps with the covered walkway to the lighthouse in the background. Llewellyn Samuel Norwood served as keeper at Owl’s Head from 1904 to 1911. Owl's Head Lighthouse was built in 1825 and guards the entrance to Rockland Harbor. Photo measures 2 ½” x 4 ¼” and is from the personal collection of Alice Creighton George who resided in Thomaston Maine. (VG). $68.

22244. [newspaper] SEVERE STORM AT BOON ISLAND LIGHT. The Portsmouth Journal. February 9, 1839. Half column article includes a letter by Keeper Eliphalet Grover at Boon Island Lighthouse describing the recent gale. Keeper Grover noted that by the second day the seas were up around the buildings and the family was forced to retreat into the light house for safety. He continues to describe the scene and damage wrought by the storm’s fury. The article goes on to describe in some detail damage at other area lighthouses including White Island and Whales’-Back. Excellent details of the sufferings endured by the keepers at such offshore stations. Full early newspaper contains four pages with articles of the day, one fold. (VG-). $56.

2538. (document) Boon Island Light House, Maine. Letter sheet to Samuel Thompson in Scarborough, Maine, dated York, Maine 29 April 1849, from his brother Inos Thompson, Keeper of the Lighthouse at Boon Island. Document measures 10 x 8, four pages folded lettersheet, of which one is correspondence, inner two blank, and the address leaf to the keeper’s brother Samuel Thompson, Oak Hill, Scarborough, Maine. An interesting letter from Inos Thompson, Keeper at the lighthouse on Boon Island in which he refers to his appointment just being received. He writes, in part, "Brother Samuel…. Last Thursday I recvd. a Commission from the U.S. Treasury Department as Keeper of the Boon Island Light Establishment. I am this moment waiting a chance to get there, my things being on board a Vessel. If in your power, it will give me much pleasure to see you there this summer, and to have you spend a few days with me. Appoint a time, and come to York, [and] I will send my Boat for you."  Includes additional personal notes: "Susan requested me to say to you that she, with her husband, Capt. Putnam, intend to visit Eastward some time in May, will go first to see you & they will go in their own Carriage - have nothing to do with Rail Roads. Capt. Putnam is building a house adjoining ours. It is well under way, will soon be finished."  More family news including "Wife has been very feeble for some time….the very sudden death of Our little Boy.." and much more. A rare personal insight into the life and family of the keeper. Overall clean and nicely readable. Address leaf has had some later accounting notations but do not affect letter sheet. (VG-). $348 net.

  

10208. Parker, Arlita Dodge. A History of Pemaquid with Sketches of Monhegan, Popham, Castine. MacDonald & Evans, Boston, MA. 1925. 225p. Soft wraps. Detailed narrative of the century and a half contest between the French and the English for territory in New England, in which events at Pemaquid played a decisive part. Detailed account covers the periods from the first explorers in early 1605, through the mid 1700’s. Unparalleled reference for this period of time in the area. Overall clean, very light foxing, front wraps worn, back wrap missing. (VG-). $48.  

 

  

2976. (view book) na. Attractive Bits Along Shore : Portsmouth, Rye Beach, Isles Of Shoals, Old York, Kittery Point. Portland, Maine. 1890. H. Wilbur Hayes. Red cloth hardcover. 7” x 10”. 94p. This scarce turn of the century view book of the New Hampshire coast features more than 64 large full and half page photo-gravures of local views. Views include Kittery (Portsmouth) Navy Yard, Lieut. Greeley’s Fleet, Wallis Sands Life Saving Station, Fort Constitution and lighthouse, Frigate Constitution, USS Kearsarge, Kittery Navy Yard, Celia Thaxter’s cottage, Isles of Shoals, Star Island Harbor, Whale’s Back Lighthouse, Boon Island, Nubble Lighthouse, mills and historic homes, harbors, brewers, many churchs, street scenes, navel scenes and much more. Combined with 30 pages of descriptive text, this book is wonderful for reading or research. Quite nice views, scarce booklet. Binding has some wear and spotting. Pages are intact but spine is becoming loose. Light to moderate occasional soiling. Scarce. (VG-). $74.

11487. (photo) Keeper’s Family in Kitchen, Owl’s Head Lighthouse, Maine c.1947. Clear, close original 8” x 10”press photo shows great detail of seven-year-old Sheila, daughter of Keeper George Woodward, Chief Boatswain’s Mate U.S.C.G., brushes her teeth in the morning while her mother pumps up the water. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated April 6, 1947. Clear, close view. (VG+). $54.

 

  28383. Anderson, Maizie Freeman. Keeper of the Light. (Down East Magazine 1960’s ?) 3p. Wonderful article by Maizie Freeman Anderson who grew up at Petit Manan Light Station, where her father James H. Freeman was keeper in the 1930s. She wrote about her childhood there in this excellent article. She writes that: “No trees grew in the shallow soil of Petit Manan, but there were patches of grass and a few hardy wildflowers grew in abundance, even among the rocks -- sweet pea, buttercups and others. We had a small cranberry bog yielding berries to can each year. We tried putting in a vegetable garden, using seaweed for fertilizer, but we gave it up as hopeless. We also tried keeping a cow, because fresh milk was a rarity. I shall never forget getting her there; you've never lived until you've shared a rowboat with a cow!.... When playing we usually kept to the top part of the shore. ... None of us could swim. There was really no place to learn in the frigid Atlantic. ... Once I found a complete set of false teeth, which I treasured highly and kept on my dresser to admire. They disappeared one day, probably because my mother hadn't shared my enthusiasm.” Anderson remembered one particularly high tide when the entire island was under a foot of water. The chicken coops were floating in the cranberry bog. The family moved everything of value to the second floor of the house. When Maizie Freeman Anderson was six years old she was taken by her father to Jonesboro for her first day of school. After an hour of school, Maizie was so homesick that she put her head on her desk and sobbed. She was let out early and was picked up by her father in the afternoon. She was grateful to return to her island home. "Up ahead was my island, and I watched the tower for the light. Soon it came, sending its beam out over the ocean as if to say, 'Welcome home.'" Anderson remembered small, rocky Petit Manan as "a paradise." Well worth reading. Includes one large early photo of the light station. Disbound. (VG+). $36.

   U.S. Coast Guard photo.

3169e. Richmond , Bernice. WINTER HARBOR . New York . 1943. 2nd. 211pp. Very light wear to wraps, contents clean tight. Illustrated with photos. To live in a lighthouse means a rather special kind of life. This is a true account of the author and her husband, who purchased the Winter Harbor Lighthouse, Maine , in the 1940’s and their adventures on the island. This is a story of adventure and happiness on the weather-beaten, wave-swept off-shore Maine island. This is the authors first of two romantic tales of this dream come true that many of us share. (VG)  $36.

BR-103. Wass, Philmore B. LIGHTHOUSE IN MY LIFE - The Story of a Maine Lightkeeper’s Family. 1987. 258p. Soft Wraps. ‘An engaging and authentic account of a child’s life growing up at Libby Island Light Station in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Faithfully tending the beacon, the author and his family strove to maintain a normal family life under unusual and often demanding conditions. A fascinating story of a vanished way of life.‘ Some notations and underlining. (VG-). $6.

  

10326. (document) Lighthouse Keeper Pay Vouchers, Keeper Paul M. Kenny, Portland Breakwater Lighthouse, Maine 1869. Following a storm in 1831, a 2,500-foot protective breakwater was planned for the south side of the harbor’s entrance, beginning at Stanford Point and extending out over Stanford Ledge. In September 1853, Lieut. Thornton A. Jenkins, secretary of the Lighthouse Board, recommended a sixth-order light at the end of the breakwater. " Construction took about four months during the following year, and on August 1, 1855, a small, octagonal wooden tower went into service. The first keeper, W. A. Dyer, illuminated the sixth-order Fresnel lens. The fixed red light was 25 feet above mean high water. With no keeper’s house, the keeper had to walk over the breakwater to the light. This often became a battle against waves, wind, and ice. The breakwater was extended by almost 200 feet to the northeast in the early 1870s, and the wooden lighthouse was reported to be decayed and no longer fit for service. A cast iron tower replaced the 1855 light and is still in existence. Keeper Kenny served in both the original wooden lighthouse and this cast iron structure from 1867 to 1875.  Original pay voucher is signed in hand in three places by Keeper Kenny, receiving the amount of $125 in pay for the three month period ending December 31, 1869. Document measures 6 ½” x 8 ¼” and is overall clean with one original fold. Superb pieces on this well known keeper and light would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG+). $88.

  

10152c. (document) Lighthouse Keeper Pay Vouchers, Seguin Island Light Station, Maine c.1869. Document is dated January 6, 1870 and is filled out in hand by 1st. Assistant Keeper Obed B. Crane (1868-1871)and 2nd. Assistant Joseph B. Crane (1868-1874). For more than two centuries, this lighthouse has been an important guide for mariners traveling along the Maine coast as well as those entering the Kennebec River toward Bath and other ports. These documents relate to the third light tower at this location, built in 1857 of stone at a cost of $35,000. Because of the heavy maritime traffic in the area, a first-order Fresnel lens, Maine’s most powerful light, was installed in the lantern. Each document measures 6 ½” x 8 ¼” and is overall clean. Document indicates the amount paid for the period October 1st to December 31st and is signed and witnessed.  Superb piece on these early  keepers would make an exceptional addition to any collection or display. (VG+). $110.

  

1004. (document) Light House Establishment Repair Voucher, Narraguagus [or Pond Island] light station, Maine c.1860. Early pre- civil war document details items purchased and delivered to Lieut. C. N. Trumbull, Light House Engineer, for repairs made at Narraguagus light station. Items listed include wood shingles, laths, boards, lime, nails, etc. at a cost of $49.04. Dated November 30, 1860. Document is signed by the supplier in receipt of payment. Narraguagus lighthouse was built in 1853 and is located north east of Bar Harbor, on Pond Island. It is now privately owned. Document is in excellent condition. Measures 7 x 8 ¼”. (VG+). $78.

  

29182. (chart) EAST PENOBSCOT BAY (MAINE). 1882. U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. Scale 1/40,000. Lovely, very large 27 ½”w x 42” h original Coast Survey chart backed with linen details features of East Penobscot Bay from Saddleback Ledge and Isle Au Haut to Deer Island Thoroughfare, Deer Island, Eggemoggin Reach and Cape Rosier. Included on the chart are tides and currents for the area, soundings, a listing of Light-Houses.  Light-Houses and buoys are denoted as are towns and features. This chart has been nicely mounted for use on two wood rollers, with linen tie and is in unusually good condition, overall clean and bright save one or two spots and a bit of light foxing, with only light wear to edges. Matted or not, this chart would certainly display impressively in a fine wood frame. Shipped rolled. Quite rare in this fine condition. (VG+). $285. 

 

26159. (chart) U. S. Department of Commerce, Weather Bureau. COASTAL WARNING FACILITIES CHART. 1962. Great for framing, these charts show in good detail all of the U. S. Coast Guard light stations (lighthouses), lifeboat stations and light vessels that displayed  day and / or night weather warning signals. Also includes in color a diagram if the weather signals, as well as a complete listing of weather broadcast stations. Two color red-black maps have beautiful contrast and are perfect for framing. Pick the map of your area to locate those old Coast Guard lifeboat stations that no longer exist. Clean, crisp, with original folds but will mount nicely. All measure 12” x 19” unless otherwise noted.

e.        Morgan City, LA to Apalachicola, FL. $24

f.         Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. 12” x 12” $16

 

A-139

1.        Quoddy Roads to Petit Manan Is. 1941 (42 ½ X 32 ½). Grand Manan Island , etc. $24.

5.        Cross Is. To Nash Is. 1943 (41 x 29) Nash Is. Lt., Moose Peak Lt., Libby Is., Avery Rock Lt. Shows many islands and details of shoreline, etc. $24.

6.        Nash to Schoodic Is. 1939 (27 ½ x 41) Shows Columbia Falls, Addison, Harrington, Cherryfield, Millbridge, including Prospect
Harbor light, Nash Is., Petit Manan Is., etc. $24.

8.        Blue Hill Bay 1943 (27 1/2X 42 ½). Mt. Desert Island , western part, etc. $28.

10.     Moose Cove to Englishman Bay 1919 (41 X 29 ½)./ Machias Bay , Cross Island , etc. $24.

13.     Deer Is. Thoroughfare & Casco Passage 1938 (35 x 22) Mark Is., Stonington , Parts of Swans Is., etc. $24.

18.     Salem & Lynn Harbors 1941 (36 x 44) also Nahant, Marblehead w/additional detail of shoreline, Broad Sound, etc. $24.

 

2538. (document) Boon Island Light House, Maine. Letter sheet to Samuel Thompson in Scarborough, Maine, dated York, Maine 29 April 1849, from his brother Inos Thompson, Keeper of the Lighthouse at Boon Island. Document measures 10 x 8, four pages folded lettersheet, of which one is correspondence, inner two blank, and the address leaf to the keeper’s brother Samuel Thompson, Oak Hill, Scarborough, Maine. An interesting letter from Inos Thompson, Keeper at the lighthouse on Boon Island in which he refers to his appointment just being received. He writes, in part, "Brother Samuel…. Last Thursday I recvd. a Commission from the U.S. Treasury Department as Keeper of the Boon Island Light Establishment. I am this moment waiting a chance to get there, my things being on board a Vessel. If in your power, it will give me much pleasure to see you there this summer, and to have you spend a few days with me. Appoint a time, and come to York, [and] I will send my Boat for you."  Includes additional personal notes: "Susan requested me to say to you that she, with her husband, Capt. Putnam, intend to visit Eastward some time in May, will go first to see you & they will go in their own Carriage - have nothing to do with Rail Roads. Capt. Putnam is building a house adjoining ours. It is well under way, will soon be finished."  More family news including "Wife has been very feeble for some time….the very sudden death of Our little Boy.." and much more. A rare personal insight into the life and family of the keeper. Overall clean and nicely readable. Address leaf has had some later accounting notations but do not affect letter sheet. (VG-). $348 net.

 

24323a. (Lot: document & photo)  Keeper C. L. Knight, Goose Rocks Light Station, Maine c.1930. Charles.L. Knight was a lighthouse keeper on the Maine coast for over 30 years. His assignments included Goose Rocks LH, Hendricks Head LH and others. Included here is an original Form 76 filled out by Keeper Knight, Department of Commerce Lighthouse Service,  Shore Liberty or Leave of Absence of Keepers  dated October 30, 1930. The form is a request for a four day shore leave from Goose Rocks light station, to visit his family. Form is typed and signed in the hand of Keeper Knight, as well as initialed in approval by the Superintendent, First Lighthouse District.  8” x 10 ½”. A fine lot, perfect for your collection of framing. (VG).   $248.

  

  2428cb. (photograph) "Another Lighthouse", [PEMAQUID POINT LIGHTHOUSE] by Lowell Miller. c.1940’s. This is a fantastic vintage 1940's black and white photograph that was done by a wonderful photographer named Lowell Miller. He graduated at the Rochester Institute of Technology during the 1930's and later worked out of his studio in Rochester . This print measures 10 ½” x 13 ½” and is entitled, "Another Lighthouse". It is in excellent condition. The mat board that it is affixed to has corner edge wear, but nothing distractive or damaging to the print itself. There is a label on the back that shows where it was entered in the Newcastle Upon Tyne Exhibition, Midland Salon of Photography, Worcestershire Camera Club Salon of Photography ~ 1953.  (VG+). $88 net.

 

23536. [chart] QUODDY HEAD TO CAPE COD. U. S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. 1912 (with engineering back to the 1800s). Original large 36" x 44" chart on paper stock includes the entire coastline from West Quoddy Head to Provincetown and Truro on Cape Cod. Detailed char includes numerous landmarks, as well as all lighthouses marked in yellow, life-saving stations, and navigational aids along the coast. The chart also lists tides, Lighthouses (a long list) with characteristics, Light Vessels, Life Saving Stations, Storm Warning Displays, abbreviations, scales, buoys, authorities, soundings, elevations, and is really fascinating to gaze at and study, whether or not one lives in this geographic region. The chart is very nice with an aesthetically pleasing and rich patina, some light creases but overall clean and beautifully intact, quite nice for framing. (VG). $144 net. 

Rare, Early, Original Hand-Written Letters from the Secretary of the Treasury regarding Keeper Appointments, Dismissals, and other Business of the Day.

1840’s

 

Light-House at Eagle Island (Maine). January 31, 1848.

Rare letter regarding the appointment of the Keeper:

[document - original. 7 ½" x 8". 1 page.].

"[to Hon. E. K. Smart, House. of Reps.

Treasury Department.

31 Jany. 1848

Sir:

I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of this date transmitting the recommendation of James Wyman (sp) and others in favor of the appointment of William W. Laughlin as Keeper of the Eagle Island Light and to inform you that it shall have respectful consideration.

I am respy.

[initialed] W.C.Y. [McClintock Young]

Actg. Secy Tr[easury]."

#6379. $158. net.

   

20402. [paperweight] Heavy glass rectangular paperweight featuring an early c.1900 photograph of U.S. Life Saving Station. This rare item features a close photograph of the modified Port Huron Type station, possibly the Damiscove Island LSS, Maine. Visible are members of the crew with finely dressed ladies seated next to the double boatroom doors. Photo remains clear and sharp, overall in excellent condition. 2 ½” x 4” x ¾” h. One of the few such items of this remote Maine Life Saving station and most desirable. (F-). $138.

6517d. [souvenir vase] Spring Point [Ledge] Light, Portland Harbor , Maine c.1900. An unusual, large, bright commemorative vase in deep cobalt blue, featuring a beautiful full color image of Spring Point [Ledge] Light, Portland Harbor , Maine . This item is quite bold and bears a large, detailed image of the spark-plug type light amidst the harbor with a ship behind. Vase is quite bright and distinctive, and measures a full 4 ¼” high and is enhanced by a sparkling decorative gilt trim. Clean, no cracks or checks. "Made in Germany". Only light wear. A distinctive and pretty piece for your display. (VG+). $78.

27222b. (souvenir cup/saucer) Owls Head Lighthouse, Rockland, Maine. c.1898. A bright, gilt  decorated commemorative cup with saucer in white,  features a large, detailed, clear b/w image of the high light tower at Owls head, looking up from the harbor. This superb piece measures  3 in diameter, with a 5” saucer, and is brightly decorated with a gilt decorated rim and boarders. Not marked, pre 1900. Very clean, no cracks or checks, little if any wear to image, light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive early piece. (VG+). $88

  

29345. (commemorative salt shaker) A bright cobalt blue commemorative salt shaker featuring a beautiful clear, detailed full color image of the Grindle Point Light House, Isleboro, Maine . c. 1900. This piece is quite striking, with bright color image of the light tower on the rocks, with the fog bell tower and ocean below. The pretty piece measures 3 ¼”  in height and is quite bold with the striking image on the mixed blue sea and sky in the background. A very attractive piece in a rare form. Clean, bright, without bottom cork stopper. Very little if any wear. (VG+). $84.

21232. (souvenir trivet) “Boon Island [Light House, York, Maine.]” c.1900. This unusual piece features a delicate b/w image of the tall granite light tower, boathouse and keeper’s dwellings. The present lighthouse was constructed between 1852 and 1854, along with a new keeper’s dwelling. The stone tower is 133 feet high -- the tallest lighthouse in New England. The beautiful trivet is a lovely crème color, with gilt decoration around the fluted border. Marked Made in Austria for Chas. Emerson & Sons, Importers, Haverhill, Mass. U.S.A.” Measures 5 ¼” square. Clean, bright, , no cracks or checks, a very detailed, pretty little item for your display. (VG+). $144. 

27468. (commemorative creamer) A bright commemorative creamer featuring a beautiful clear, detailed full color image of the U. S. Life Saving Station, South Haven, Michigan. c. 1900. This piece is quite attractive, with bright color image of the Bibb #3 Type life saving station with distinctive lookout and boat ramp. This pretty piece measures 3 ¼”  in height and is quite pretty with the color image on the mixed white and sea green background. A very attractive piece in a rare form. Clean, bright, very little if any wear. (VG). $68 net.

   

6530k. (commemorative plate) c.1900. A rare, bright, gilt edged commemorative plate featuring a beautiful clear, full color hand painted image of the Nubble Lighthouse, York Beach, Maine. One of only a few like this that I have had, this attractive plate has a bright, colorful image as if from a painting, of the far off iron light tower with attached keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky nubble. This beautiful display piece measures 4 1/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a petite decorative gilt trim around the edge. Nice painting quality image makes this a striking piece. Marked “Made in Germany.” Very little wear, a bright display piece and quite rare. (VG+).  $54 net.

  

27239. (souvenir plate) New Life Saving Station, Jonesport, Maine. 5 3/8”. $265

   

6530J. (souvenir plate) c.1900. “Nubble Light [House], York Beach, Me.” A bold, detailed commemorative plate featuring a detailed full color hand painted period image of the tall cast iron lighthouse and keeper’s house perched upon the rocky Cape Neddick “Nubble”. The superb piece is round and measures 6 3/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative rose color and gilt trim on the rim. Marked “Made in Germany.” Clean, no cracks or checks, only one ¼” manufacturing mark in the glaze, little wear, a very detailed, pretty little item for your display. Unusually bright piece. (VG+). $58.

8197c.  (souvenir horseshoe dish) c.1900. “Owl’s Head Light [House], Rockland, Me.” A bold, detailed commemorative dish in a horse shoe configuration featuring a bright full color hand painted period image of the masonry lighthouse perched high on the headland guarding Rockland harbor on the south. The superb piece is round with a horseshoe border in cobalt blue and measures 4 5/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a decorative gilt trim on the rim. Marked “Wheelock Dresden Germany.” Clean, no cracks or checks, light wear to rim, a very detailed, pretty little item for your display. (VG+). $78.

  

6529c. (souvenir sugar) Nubble Lighthouse, York Beach, Maine. c.1900. Lovely light green covered sugar measures 3 ½” high, with delicate upturned handles on the sides. Featured is a lovely hand painted full color image of the cast iron light tower and keeper’s house and oil house perched on the rocky nubble. Backmarked “Made in Germany.” Clean, no cracks or checks, little if any wear. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive coloration. (VG+). $138

24141b. (souvenir creamer) Nubble Lighthouse, York Beach, Maine. c.1900. Lovely alabaster creamer measures 3 ¾”  high, with a bold gilded handle and spout. Featured is a lovely hand painted full color image of the cast iron light tower and keeper’s house perched on the rocky nubble. Backmarked “Made in Germany.” Clean, no cracks or checks, little if any wear. A very detailed, striking piece for your display, unusually attractive coloration. (VG+). $138

    

20306d. (commemorative creamer) c.1900. Unusual creamer features Head Light [house], Portland, Maine on a striking creamer. Piece is enhanced by cobalt blue border over a crème body, with gilt decoration throughout. Creamer features a detailed b/w image of the tall light tower, keeper’s dwelling and fog signal building perched on the rocky point.  Creamer measures 3” high and is marked “Germany”. Clean, bright, a nice addition to your collection.  (VG+). $38.

27257. (souvenir creamer) “Whale’s Back Light [house], Portsmouth, N.H.” c.1900. A bright, gilt  decorated commemorative creamer in white,  features a large, detailed, full color image of the large granite offshore lighthouse and steam fog signal. This early piece is quite distinctive and enhanced by a hand painted sky background with decorated gilt handle and rim decoration. Marked “Wheelock Made in Germany Dresden.” Very clean, no cracks or checks, no wear. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive piece. (VG+). $158

   

2331c. (souvenir dish) Owls Head Lighthouse, Rockland, Maine. c.1900. A bright, gilt  decorated commemorative dish in white,  features a large, detailed, clear full color image of the high light tower at Owls head, with the keeper’s dwelling and boat-house below. This superb piece measures  6” in diameter with upturned edges, brightly decorated with a gilt rim. Marked "Made in Germany for A. E. Green & Son, Rockland, Maine." Very clean, no cracks or checks, no wear. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive piece. (VG+).   $118

  

27232b. (souvenir dish) Nubble Lighthouse, York Beach, Maine. c.1900. Lovely rose decorated flueted dish measures about 6” in diameter, with upturned rose colored decorated sides. Featured in the center is a distant b/w image of the cast iron light tower, fog bell tower, keeper’s house and oil house perched on the rocky nubble. Backmarked “Made in Austria Chas. Emerson & Sons Importers, Haverhill, Mass. U.S.A.” Clean, no cracks or checks, near fine. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive coloration. (F-). $56

27232. (souvenir dish) Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, Maine. c.1900. Lovely rose decorated oval dish measures 4” x 6 ½” , with upturned sides. Featured in the center is a large full color image of the cast iron light tower, fog bell tower, keeper’s house and oil house perched on the rocky nubble.  Backmarked “Made in Germany for N. Gleakxnan, York Beach, Me.” Clean, no cracks or checks, some wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive coloration. (VG). $78

   

24383a. (commemorative  pitcher) c.1900 A superb, large, striking emerald green commemorative vase featuring a beautiful, detailed full color image of “The Nubble (Light House), York Beach, Me.” The beautiful piece measures 6”h in high and 4” in diameter, and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilt trim and ornate handle on one side. Bulbous base of the vase sweeps upward into a slender upper rim, making this a most attractive piece. This item bears a fine, full color, close image of the white iron lighthouse tower and nearby keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky island Very clean, no cracks, light wear near rim. A very detailed, striking item for your display and quite rare lighthouse piece. (VG). $138 net.

 

27222. (souvenir cup) Owls Head Lighthouse, Rockland, Maine. c.1900. A bright, gilt  decorated commemorative dish in white,  features a large, detailed, clear full color image of the high light tower at Owls head, with the keeper’s dwelling and boat-house below. This superb piece measures  2 ¾”  in diameter, and is brightly decorated with a gilt rim. Marked "Made in Germany." Very clean, no cracks or checks, little if any wear to image, light wear to gilding on rim. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display, unusually attractive piece. (VG).  $118

   

27378. (souvenir dish) Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol. Me. c.1900. Lovely gilt decorated round dish measures 5 ½” with upturned decorated sides. Featured on the dish is a good size detailed b/w image of the early rubble-stone light and attached keeoer’s dwelling perched on the rocky shore. Backmarked “Made in Germany for J. L. Clifford, Damariscotta, Me.” Clean, no cracks or checks, only light wear to edge. A very detailed, pretty little item for your display,  attractive presentation. (VG+). $68.

   

27269. (souvenir dish) Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Me. c.1900. Lovely gilt decorated oval dish with decorative smoking pipe attached, 6 ¼” long with upturned gilt decorated sides. Featured on the dish is a good size detailed full color image of the tall light tower, fog signal building and keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky shore. Backmarked “Made in Germany.” Clean, no cracks or checks, only light wear to edge. A very detailed, unusual presentation with bright gilding for your display. (VG+). $54.

 

21232d. (commemorative plate) c.1898. Striking large souvenir plate, featuring a detailed image of “Boon Island Light [house], York, Maine.” This unusual plate features a large, color image of the tall granite light tower, boathouse and keeper’s dwellings. The present lighthouse was constructed between 1852 and 1854, along with a new keeper’s dwelling. The stone tower is 133 feet high -- the tallest lighthouse in New England. The plate is a lovely crème color, with gilt decoration around the flueted border. Not backmarked, dating this before 1900. This large collectible measures 7 5/8” in diameter and would enhance any display. Bright, clean, a beautiful piece. (VG+).  $148 net.

6530i. (souvenir trivet) c.1900. “Nubble Light [House], York Beach, Me.” A bold, detailed commemorative trivet featuring a detailed full color hand painted period image of the tall cast iron lighthouse and keeper’s house perched upon the rocky Cape Neddick “Nubble”. The superb trivet is round and measures 6 5/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilt trim on the rim. Marked “Made in Germany for Gleekman’s Inc. York Beach, Maine.” Clean, no cracks or checks, only light edge wear, a very detailed, pretty little item for your display. Unusually bright piece. (VG+). $54.

8164f. (souvenir dish) Striking early c.1900 souvenir china plate bears a large, bold b/w view of the “Portland Head Light [House], Portland, Maine”. The unusually large 2 ¾” image provides great detail of the tall light tower, 2-story keeper’s house, fog signal building and more. Dish is marked “Made in Germany.” Gilded accents and a striking floral design painted around the decorative rim make this a charming piece. Measures 7” in diameter. Excellent condition, a beautiful display piece, sure to catch your eye. (VG+). $78.

26289. (souvenir bowl) c.1900. Large bold souvenir bowl bears a large, full color image of “Nubble Light, York Beach, Me.” Large piece measures 6 ¼” diameter by 1 ¾” deep. No cracks or chips, a few light age lines on back. Marked “Made in Germany”. Beautifully decorated with a hint of gilding around the rim. (VG). $64.

8164e. (souvenir plate) c.1900. A rare, bright, gilt bordered commemorative plate featuring a beautiful clear, b/w image of the Portland Head Light [House), Portland , Maine. . One of only a few like this that I have had, this attractive plate has a quite detailed image as if from a print, of the tall white masonry tower with attached early one-story keeper’s dwelling, fog whistle building and more. This beautiful display piece measures 7” in diameter and is enhanced by a petite decorative gilt trim around the edge. Nice quality image on the white background makes this a striking piece. Marked “Made in Germany for Chas. W. Hadlock, 267 Congress Street, Portland , Me. ” Only light wear to rim, a striking display piece and quite rare. (VG+).  $88 net.

27388. (souvenir dish) Petite pin dish featuring a close detailed b/w image of “Dice’s Head Light [house], Castine, Me.” Beautiful close clear image includes the entire light station perched on the wooded bluff. Charming piece is enhanced by a gilded turned up edge. Unfortunately dish has been dropped and has a glue repaired crach across the face. Some wear to rim. Still a wonderful image. A good beginning piece. (P). $24.

25364. (souvenir salt shaker) c.1900 An unusual commemorative salt shaker featuring a beautiful, detailed full color image of “[The) Nubble Light [House), York, Me.” The beautiful piece measures 3 ¼” high and 2” in diameter, and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilt trim. This item bears a full color image of the white iron lighthouse tower and nearby keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky island. Clean, no cracks, only light wear. Marked “Jonroth Made in Germany Ekman….” An unusual form for your display and quite rare lighthouse piece. (VG).  $58 net.  

 

25358. (souvenir trivet). c.1900. A large, detailed commemorative trivet or hotplate featuring a quite large, detailed full color image of the “[The) Nubble Light [House), York, Me.” This bright distinctive piece is round and measures 6 ½” in diameter and is enhanced by a lightly colored raised rim. The unusually close and detailed image includes all aspects of the white iron lighthouse tower and nearby keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky island. Marked “Made in Germany”. Clean, no cracks or checks, but some wear to image. A very detailed, bright, pretty little item for your display. (VG).  $64.

  

25333. (souvenir cup) c.1890. Superb commemorative cup, featuring a detailed b/w image of “Owl’s Head (Light House) Rockland, Maine.” This is one of the more striking that I have found, featuring a very pretty and quite detailed image of this light tower high upon the rocky ledge. The cup is of a classic style, enhanced by a decorative handle with a very pretty gilt borders and fluted rim. Not marked, pre 1900. This beautiful collector’s piece measures 2 5/8”  high x 2 ¾” in diameter. This is a wonderful, early commemorative piece, clean and bright, an unusually striking display piece. Little if any wear.  (F-). $148 net.  

    

6531h. (souvenir cup/saucer) c.1890. An unusual, bold, bright lemon yellow commemorative cup featuring a beautiful full color image of “Nubble Light, York Beach , Maine. ”. This item is quite attractive and bears a fine, full color though a bit distant image of the white iron lighthouse tower and nearby keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky island. Cup is quite bright and distinctive, and  measures 3” high by 2 ¼” in diameter. Cup is  enhanced by a distinctive handle, and by a decorative gilt trim on the handle and around the image and rim. Clean, no cracks or checks, not marked so pre 1900. A very detailed, pretty piece for your display, in a most unusual coloration. (VG+).  $118 net.

 20175. (Victorian commemorative covered Mauchlineware sock darning form) Superb, rare wooden Victorian sock darning form features a beautiful b/w lithograph of the “Boon Island Light, York Harbor , Me. A most unusual and pretty little piece, the sock form is of hardwood, varnished and measures 2 ¾” in diameter, with a decorated 3 ¼” handle. The pretty image measures about 15/8” island with the tall light tower and associated buildings and dwelling. Such wooden Victorian era commemorative pieces, known as Mauchlineware, are exceptionally difficult to find and are quite pretty for display. Clean, a few small chips to the image from use, light wear.               Most Rare and Unusual!               $138 net.

 24383. (souvenir vase / pitcher) c.1900 A superb, large, striking emerald green commemorative vase featuring a beautiful, detailed full color image of “The Nubble (Light House), York Beach, Me.” The beautiful piece measures 6”h in high and 4” in diameter, and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilt trim and ornate handle on one side. Bulbous base of the vase sweeps upward into a slender upper rim, making this a most attractive piece. This item bears a fine, full color, close image of the white iron lighthouse tower and nearby keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky island Very clean, no cracks, light wear near rim. A very detailed, striking item for your display and quite rare lighthouse piece. (VG). $158 net.

 6527f . (souvenir creamer) c.1900. Attractive, stout creamer, featuring a detailed full color image of the “Head Light, Portland , Maine ”. A distinctive piece, featuring a fine, b/w image detailing the tall masonry light tower, fog signal building and keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky point. The creamer is of a classic style, enhanced by a short spout and handle on top with a very pretty gilded borders and cobalt blue trim. “Made in Germany ”. This beautiful collector’s piece measures a full 3” high x 4” ” in diameter. This is a wonderful, early commemorative piece, clean and bright, light wear. (VG). $42.

 6531i. (souvenir cup/saucer) “The Nubble (Light), York , Maine .” This is a Demi cup and saucer from York , Maine . On the front of the cup is a fine detailed image of “The Nubble Light”. Large detailed b/w image includes the light tower, bell tower, keeper’s house and boat house and shows fine detail, down to each rock on the bluff. The cup measures approx. 2 ¼” high and 2 1/4" across. The saucer measures approx. 4 ½” across. Marked “Made In Germany for The Portsmouth Crockery Co. Portsmouth , N.H. ” Both cup and saucer are enhanced by a decorative pink highlight and gilt trim. The condition is very good with no chips or cracks, a beautiful and rare set. (VG+). $98 net.

   6619g. (souvenir vase) c.1900. Superb commemorative vase, featuring a detailed full color image of Portland Head Light (House), Portland , Me. This is one of the larger and more striking that I have found, featuring a very pretty and quite detailed full color image of this tall masonry tower, with the large keeper’s dwelling and fog signal house to each side. The vase is of a classic style, enhanced by beautiful gilt borders and trim. “Made in Germany .” This beautiful collector’s piece measures 5 ¾” high x 2 ½”  in diameter. This is a wonderful, early commemorative piece, clean and bright, one of the nicer that I have had. (F). $68 net.

 22571. (souvenir toothpick) c.1900. An unusual, petite, bright cobalt blue commemorative toothpick holder featuring a beautiful full color image of the Portland Head Light (house), Portland , Me. ”. This unusual item is quite attractive and bears a fine though a bit distant, full color image of the tall old lighthouse tower, fog signal building and nearby 1 ½ -story keeper’s dwelling on the rocky point. Holder is quite bright and distinctive, and  measures 2 ½” high by 2” wide and is enhanced by a bit of a decorative gilt trim around the image and rim. Labeled “(Made in) Germany ”. Clean, no cracks or checks. A very detailed, pretty piece for your display, nice coloration. (F-). $52 net.

 8164d. (souvenir plate) c.1900. A rare, bright, gilt edged commemorative plate featuring a beautiful clear, full color hand painted image of the Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland , Maine. ”. One of only a few like this that I have had, this attractive plate has a quite detailed image as if from a painting, of the tall white masonry tower with attached keeper’s dwelling, fog whistle building and more. This beautiful display piece measures 7 1/8” in diameter and is enhanced by a petite decorative gilt trim around the edge. Nice painting quality image makes this a striking piece. Marked “Jonroth Made in Germany for J. W. Peterson, Portland , Me. ” Very little wear, a striking display piece and quite rare. (VG+).  $98 net.

6531g. (souvenir cup) c.1900. An unusual, bold, bright cobalt blue commemorative cup featuring a beautiful full color image of “Nubble Light, York Beach , Maine. ”. This item is quite attractive and bears a fine, full color though a bit distant image of the white iron lighthouse tower and nearby keeper’s dwelling perched on the rocky island. Cup is quite bright and distinctive, and  measures 3” high by 2 ¼” in diameter. Cup is  enhanced by a distinctive ornate handle, and by a decorative gilt trim on the handle and around the image and rim. Clean, no cracks or checks. "Wheelock (made in) Dresden Germany ”. A very detailed, pretty piece for your display, nice coloration. (VG+). $68 net.

 2306. (Victorian commemorative covered box) Most attractive, rare wooden Victorian covered wooden box features a beautiful b/w lithograph of the “Light House, Castine , Maine .” A pretty little piece, the box is of hardwood, varnished and measures 2 ½” x 3 ¾” x 2” high. Box has a rectangular top which is enhanced by a decorative rim. The pretty image measures about 1 ¾” oval and shows the entire lighthouse and keeper’s dwelling and surrounding area. This is a terrific piece! Such wooden Victorian era commemorative pieces, known as Mauchlineware, are exceptionally difficult to find and are quite pretty for display. Clean, light wear, brass catch on the front. Most Rare! $138 net.

 6619e. (souvenir vase) c.1900. An unusual, petite, bright cobalt blue commemorative vase featuring a beautiful full color image of the Portland Head Light(house), Portland , Me. ”. This unusual item is quite attractive and bears a fine though a bit distant, full color image of the tall old lighthouse tower, fog signal building and nearby 1 ½ -story keeper’s dwelling on the rocky point. Vase is quite bright and distinctive, and  measures 3 ¼  high by 2 ¼” wide and is enhanced by distinctive ornate handles on each side, and by a bit of a decorative gilt trim on the handle and around the image. Labeled “Made in Germany ”. Clean, no cracks or checks, a hint of red lint to sky from manufacture but does not detract. A very detailed, pretty piece for your display, nice coloration. (VG+). $42 net.

22527. (souvenir plate) c.1900. An unusual, large, bright commemorative plate, featuring a beautiful black on brown image of "Burnt Island Light, Boothbay Harbor, Maine". This item is quite large and bears a large image of the picturesque light station and surrounding shoreline. One of the older beacons on the coast, Burnt Island Light dates back to the year 1821. Plate is quite bright and distinctive, and measures 8" in diameter. Plate enhanced by a sparkling decorative silver trim. Clean, no cracks or checks. [Made in England for) "Burbank, Douglass & Co. Portland, Maine". A very detailed, pretty piece for your display. (VG+). $138 net.

710c (souvenir cup). A bright, gilt decorated commemorative cup in white, featuring a large, detailed, clear b/w image of the "Portland Head Light [House) Portland, Maine." This pretty little piece features a finely detailed image of the tall masonry light tower, fog signal building and keeper’s dwelling. perched on the rocks, complete to each rock and stone. Quite rare and distinctive, the cup measures 2 ¼" tall and is enhanced by decorative gilt border on the petite handle and around the rim. "Made in Austria for J. R. Libby Co., Portland, Maine." Clean, bright, with one light age crack but it does not detract. (G+). $34.

8468d. (souvenir cup) A stout, bright, gilt decorated commemorative cup in crème and white, featuring a detailed, clear, full color image of the "Portland Head Light, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.". Quite rare and distinctive, the cup measures 2 ¾" tall and is enhanced by decorative gilt framing around the image, and gilt border around the petite handle and rim. The very fine, detailed color image is one of the nicer ones that I have seen on this size cup, and shows the light tower with attached 2 story keeper’s dwelling and fog signal building on the rocky point. The image is nicely done and quite attractive in shades of blues, greens and browns. "Made in Germany." Clean, bright, difficult to find. Light wear to gilding on handle. (VG). $54 net.

20306b (souvenir creamer). c.1900. A bright, rose decorated commemorative creamer in white. The creamer features a large, detailed, clear b/w image of "Portland Head Light, Portland, Me. " Extremely rare and distinctive, the creamer measures a full 4 ¼" tall and is enhanced by a petite decorative rose decorated shading around the perimeter of the image. The very fine, detailed b/w image includes nice detail of the tall masonry light tower, keeper’s dwelling, fog signal building and more. Large 3" b/w image provides good detail. This fine, detailed creamer is nicely done and quite attractive. Marked "Made in Germany for Angus McKay, Portland, Maine." Clean, bright, very little or no wear. Light closed age cracks beginning on the base but not visible when displayed. Creamers of this location are on demand and make a great collectible. (VG). $84 net.

985. (souvenir plate) c.1952 A pretty, bright commemorative plate featuring a large detailed image in maroon of the "Goat Island Light, Cape Porpoise, Maine." The detailed plate measures 9 ¼" in diameter and is enhanced by a beautiful decorative gilt trim. Labeled "World Wide Art Service, Covington, Texas.", and with a lengthy description of the light and its history on the back. Very clean, no cracks or checks, bright, a very nice and affordable item for your display. (VG). $28.

  

4574v. THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. March 27, 1886 . 1pp. Three WONDERFUL woodcut illustrations of the life saving stations. at Kenosha , Wisc. And at  Fletchers Neck, Maine and a rare detailed half-page illustration showing the station interior. Extremely clear, detailed, probably as nice as I have ever seen. Excellent for framing. Includes half-page article describing the Service. (VG+)  $54  

4574s. THE LIFE-SAVING SERVICE. Harper’s Weekly. March 27, 1886 . 1pp. Three WONDERFUL woodcut illustrations of the L.S.S. at Kenosha , Wisc. and Fletchers Neck, Maine and a half-page illustration showing the station interior including beach apparatus cart, surfboat, equipment and more. Extremely clear, detailed, probably as nice as I have seen. Excellent for framing, includes half-page article describing the Service. Full issue, with one fold. (VG).  $54.  

11135. Patten, Jeffrey. Cape Neddick Light Station and Sohier Park. By author. 1993. 30p. Soft wraps. Signed by the author. Short history of the lighthouse system in the United states, and of the Cape Neddick light station. (VG+). $8.

   

28326. [glass projection slides] Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, Nubble Lighthouse, Halfway Rock Lighthouse. c.1900. Unusual set of three b/w glass projection slides featuring three New England lighthouse views. The glass slides are large 3 ¼” x 4” and would provide a large clear view. Fine, clear images, just a bit distant. Set of 3. (VG). $74 net.

 

11487. (photo) Keeper’s Family in Kitchen, Owl’s Head Lighthouse, Maine c.1947. Clear, close original 8” x 10”press photo shows great detail of seven-year-old Sheila, daughter of Keeper George Woodward, Chief Boatswain’s Mate U.S.C.G., brushes her teeth in the morning while her mother pumps up the water. Photo is b/w and includes date and description on back. Dated April 6, 1947. Clear, close view. (VG+). $54.

11493. (photo) Keeper Llewellyn Samuel Norwood, Owl's Head Light, Maine c. 1904-1911. Vintage snapshot photograph, shows Captain Llewellyn Samuel Norwood, lighthouse keeper for the Owl's Head Light in Maine, standing on the house steps with the covered walkway to the lighthouse in the background. Llewellyn Samuel Norwood served as keeper at Owl’s Head from 1904 to 1911. Owl's Head Lighthouse was built in 1825 and guards the entrance to Rockland Harbor. Photo measures 2 ½” x 4 ¼” and is from the personal collection of Alice Creighton George who resided in Thomaston Maine. (VG). $68.

4499c. (mounted photo) Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Unusual large view featuring a clear, close view of the Monhegan Lighthouse, about 10 miles offshore from midcoast Maine. The 48-foot granite tower built in 1850 still stands today. It is very similar to the lighthouse on Whitehead Island, built at about the same time. A new two-story keeper's house was built in 1874. Clear, close image shows great detail of the tower and attached keeper’s dwelling, and out buildings. Wonderful composition and clarity, a charming view for framing. Image 7 ¼” x 9 ¼”. Overall 11" x 14". Clean, crisp. Stunning view. (VG+). $110.

11384. (mounted photo) Monhegan Island Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Unusual large view featuring a clear, close view of the Monhegan Lighthouse, about 10 miles offshore from midcoast Maine. The 48-foot granite tower built in 1850 still stands today. It is very similar to the lighthouse on Whitehead Island, built at about the same time. A new two-story keeper's house was built in 1874. Clear, close image shows great detail of the tower and attached keeper’s dwelling, and out buildings. Wonderful composition and clarity, a charming view for framing. Image 4 ½” x 6 ½”. 8" x 10" overall. Clean, crisp. (VG+). $110.

11335. (photo) Coast Guard Keeper Michael Cook with Son, Portland Head Lighthouse c.1986. Nice view as the Coast Guard keeper holds his son in the lantern room at Portland Head Lighthouse in Maine. Michael Cook was the Coast Guard Officer-in-Charge from 1982-1986. Great detail of lens and lantern. Dated May 11, 1986. 8” x 10”. With credit line or description on back. Great clear, close view. (VG+) $28.

  

11310. (negative) Monhegan Lighthouse, Maine c.1920-1930’s. Clear negative captures nicely the tall granite light tower and iron lantern as visitors pose for the photographer. Large negative measures 4 ½” x 2 ¾”. and is unusually clear and close. Would provide a great image. Taken by Eugen H. Petersen of Brooklyn, New York about 1920. (VG+). $10.

11151. (photo) Replacing the Lens, Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine c.1989 by Bruce Roberts. Clear, close 8” x 10” photo by noted lighthouse photographer Bruce Roberts, provides a close look at the lantern room as workers replace the lens and optics with a DCB-224 optic and automate the light. Great detail. With credit line or description on margins. Superb clear, close view. (VG+) $38.

   

4593. (photo) Rockland Breakwater Light Station, Maine c.1948. Clear, close 8” x 10” official U.S. Coast Guard photo shows great detail of the lonely light station at the tip of the long Rockland Breakwater. Great early detail. With credit line or description on back. Superb clear, close view. Crease near right margin. (VG) $48.

4592. (photo) Ram Island Ledge Light Station, Maine c.1951. Clear, close 8” x 10” official U.S. Coast Guard photo shows great detail of the lonely offshore light station perched on the rocky outcrop.  Great early detail, taken from the air. With credit line or description on back. Superb clear, close view. (VG+) $58.

   

4596. (photo) Whitehead Light Station, Sprucehead, Maine c.1951. Clear, close 8” x 10” official U.S. Coast Guard photo shows great detail of the remote light station including the fog signal building, out buildings and more. Great early detail. With credit line or description on back. Superb clear, close view. (VG+) $48.

  

1157. (photo) Moosepeak Lighthouse, Mistake Island, Jonesport, Maine c.1950. Fine b/w photo provides an unusually clear, crisp view of the lighthouse, keeper’s dwelling and fog signal building on the rocky island. Great early detail, on postcard paper. By Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company. Dates from 1950’s. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $16.

1158. (photo) Moosepeak Lighthouse, Mistake Island, Jonesport, Maine c.1950. Fine b/w photo provides an unusually clear, crisp view from the lighthouse tower of the keeper’s dwelling and fog signal building on the rocky island. Great early detail, on postcard paper. By Eastern Illustrating & Publishing Company. Dates from 1950’s. 3 ½” x 5 ½”. (F-). $18.

    

1140. (photo) Keeper Climbs the Stairs to the Lantern, Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine c.1970. Close 8” x 11” press photo shows the Coast Guard keeper climbing up the circular stairway to the lantern room. Rare view of the inside of the tower, great detail. With credit line and description on back. Dated August 11, 1970. (VG) $32.

1141. (photo) Keeper Searches the Sea from the Lantern, Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine c.1970. Close 8” x 11” press photo shows the Coast Guard keeper in the lantern room looking out to sea. Rare close view of the inside of the lantern at night. With credit line and description on back. Dated August 11, 1970. (VG) $26.

 

10475. (cabinet photo) Dice (Dyce) Head Lighthouse, Castine, Maine c.1880. Extremely rare albumen photo shows great detail of the light station and neighboring home on the rocky point on the east side of the entrance to the Penobscot River. Major repairs were carried out in 1858,  and the entire tower was surrounded with a six-sided wooden sheath (seen in this view) and a fourth-order Fresnel lens replaced the lamps and reflectors. The wooden sheath was removed in the late 1800s after this image was taken. This is a charming view and includes a finely dressed Victorian woman seated on a rock, posing for the photographer. Photo was removed from its original pressed paper backing but is completely intact. Back has remnants of the backing remaining. Clean, clear, quite distinctive. View measures 4 ¾” x 7 ¼”. (VG). $88.

10431. (cabinet photo) Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick , Maine c.1880 by Henry G. Peabody, Boston, Mass.  Striking, large cabinet photo captures beautifully Maine’s rocky coastline with a fine view of Nubble Lighthouse perched on the rocky point. This photo includes the cast iron light tower and attached keeper’s dwelling, as well as the boat house and oil house. This photo was taken before the light tower was changed from brown to white in 1902. Henry Greenwood Peabody (1855-1951), photographer, lecturer, and publisher of educational slides and films, enjoyed a remarkable career spanning nearly sixty years. Peabody produced thousands of photographs, slides, and films documenting the American landscape, worked in virtually every photographic process, delivered lectures describing the scenery that he so lovingly photographed, and published books that visually described the landscapes and scenery in which he specialized. Unusually large, the photo measures 5 ¼” x 8 ½”. Two spots of foxing, otherwise clean and clear, light edge wear. Rare image. (VG). $68.

  

10414a. (photo) Steamship Bay State aground Portland, Maine c.1916. Photo shows the steamship Bay State of the Esatern Steamship Company aground – heavy fog and the absence of the Cape Elizabeth lightship from her station for repairs was listed as the cause. Over 150 passengers and crew were rescued by the Coast Guard Cutter Ossipee and others. The vessel would be a total loss, put at over $350,000. The photo shows her driven well up on the rocks as onlookers stand on the rocky shore. Original photo measures 8” x 10” b/w. Rare view. (VG). $68.

10414b. (photo) Steamship Bay State aground Portland, Maine c.1916. Photo shows the steamship Bay State of the Esatern Steamship Company aground – heavy fog and the absence of the Cape Elizabeth lightship from her station for repairs was listed as the cause. Over 150 passengers and crew were rescued by the Coast Guard Cutter Ossipee and others. The vessel would be a total loss, put at over $350,000. The photo shows her driven well up on the rocks as onlookers stand on the rocky shore. Original photo measures 2 ½” x 4 ½” b/w. Damage to one corner, a few folds to second. Rare view. (VG-). $16.

10406. (photo) Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine c.1913. The handsome Pemaquid Point Lighthouse shown in the photo has guarded this dangerous rocky coastline since 1835, replacing an earlier 1827 stone tower that had deteriorated. The keeper’s dwelling shown was built in 1857. Clear, close b/w photo. Nice view, great early detail, on postcard paper. Postmarked 1913. (VG+). $42.

(photos) Owl's Head Light Station, Owl's Head, Maine c.1946. Clear, close original 8” x 10” press photos shows great details in the life of the keeper here, Chief Boatswain’s Mate George Woodward. The growing lime trade in nearby Rockland and Thomaston led to the establishment of a light station at Owl's Head, at the entrance to Rockland Harbor. It is rare that we find such intimate photos of the keeper in his day to day activities. George Woodward served at Owl’s head from 1945-1950. Photos are b/w and include date and credit line or description on back.

10353a,b. Keeper George M. Woodward of Owl's Head Lighthouse, ME., cleans a kerosene lamp c.1946. This photo was published in newspapers in 1946 with the following caption: "Standby equipment: Keeper George M. Woodward of Owl's Head Lighthouse, ME, cleans a kerosene lamp, kept ready for use should electric power fail.". Rare view of this lamp in use and of a keeper performing maintenance. Official Coast Guard photo. Dated March 23, 1946. Museum quality image. $124.

10350. Mrs. Woodward uses one of her many skills as she cuts her husband’s hair. April 7, 1946. $44.

  

4607. (photo) Bear Island Light Station, Northeast Harbor, Maine. c. 1944. Official Coast Guard photograph details the station from the air. Superb, crystal clear, close view. 8” x 10”. (VG+). $34.

 

4616. (photo) Deer Island Thorofare Light Station, Stonington, Maine. c. 1944. Official Coast Guard photograph details the station from the air as the keeper looks on. Superb, crystal clear, close view. 8” x 10”. (VG+). $38.

  

29177. (negative set) Portland Head Lighthouse with Keeper c.1940. Set of clear close negatives captures nicely details of the light and fog signals at Portland Head Light Station in Maine , along with I believe the Principal Keeper Frank. O. Hilt (1929-1944) [or Keeper Robert Thayer Sterling, (assistant 1928-1944, principal keeper 1944-1946)]. There are 11 negatives in the set which include Keeper Hilt, the fog bell, unusual fog signal horns, the light tower and more. Rare, large images measures 4” x 5”. and are clear and close. Would provide a great clear prints. (VG+). $168.

  

29169. (glass negative) Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, Maine c.1910’s. Clear glass plate negative captures nicely Maine’s rocky coastline with a fine view of Nubble Lighthouse perched on the rocky point. This photo was taken after the light tower was changed from brown to white in 1902, and includes the keeper’s dwelling and skeleton fog bell tower. Large image measures 5” x 7” and is clear and close. Would provide a clear image. Rare image. (VG+). $68.

  

28357a,b. [negative] Monhegan Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Unusual large format negative featuring a clear, close view of the Monhegan Lighthouse, about 10 miles offshore from mid-coast Maine. The 48-foot granite tower built in 1850 still stands today. It is very similar to the lighthouse on Whitehead Island, built at about the same time. A new two-story keeper's house was built in 1874. Clear, close image shows great detail of the tower and powerful second-order Fresnel lens. The negative is large 4” x 5”  and would provide a large clear print. A good, clear image. (VG)+. $34 net.

 

A-163. (water color) Original w/c painting Thacher’s Island South Lighthouse, Cape Ann, Mass. c.1890. Superb original water color shows the Thacher’s Island South Lighthouse off Cape Ann, Massachusetts. Nice depiction of the tall light tower and keeper’s house, and fog signal building guarding the rocky coast. Painting measures 9” x 14”. Painting is not signed, but may be by  D. W. Southard (a New Hampshire based “Sunday painter”.) In pencil on back “Thacher South Capt. House, Fog Horn. Aug. 1890. Lived with Capt. Hadley at the North Light. Our Mrs. Hadley & Son.” Painting may have been done by a keeper or family as well. Painting is bright and bold with wonderful coloring and great detail. There are some condition issues, however. Lower left corner has 7” fold. Edges are worn with some short tears, and there is moderate foxing to sky area. Could be conserved, matted and framed and would be quite striking. (G+)  $135 net

28228. (framed photograph) Coast Guard Keeper Ralph Banks Tending the Light, Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine. December 20, 1957. To help mariners entering Port Clyde's harbor or passing to the west into Muscongus Bay, Congress appropriated $4000 for a light station at Marshall Point in March 1831, replaced in 1857 with the present 31-foot brick and granite light tower. Coast Guardsman Ralph Banks was assigned to this station as keeper from 1952 to 1963. This close clear photograph was taken in 1957, showing Banks cleaning the prisms of the fifth-order Fresnel lens. When the light was automated in 1971, the Fresnel lens was removed and replaced by a modern plastic lens equipped with backup battery power. Photograph made some years ago from the original negative measures 8” x 10” and has been professionally matted and framed. A fine display piece. (F). $225.

11290. (copy photo) Nubble Lighthouse, York, Maine. c.1880 view. Nice view, b/w,  8” x 10”. $8.

 

2787. (hand colored photograph) Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine . c.1900. Lovely hand colored photograph in original period mat and frame shows a wonderful clear view of the light station and fog signal building jutting out from the rocky shore. The mat is signed “Lamson”. The Lamson Studios were one of the larger Portland studios selling hand-colored photographs around 1900. Like most other early 20th century hand-colored photographers, Lamson Studios followed the lead of Wallace Nutting, Sawyer, Davidson and others, hand coloring their photographic images and selling primarily exterior landscape scenes. Most Lamson images were taken in Maine or northern New England . They are typically characterized by a lighter shade of coloring, with the image mounted upon an indented matting, signed "Lamson" lower right, sometimes titled lower left, and framed within a darker 1/2" frame. Lamson pictures were always signed "Lamson", with no first name. It seems that the Lamson Studios were in business for only a few years, perhaps from 1900-1905, based upon the relatively small volume of Lamson pictures that remain in circulation today. They closed their doors in about 1905 after being bought out by the Fred Thompson Art Co., also of Portland Maine . The present lighthouse is the original structure on this location, with a few height changes through the years. There were no lighthouses on the shores of Maine, when merchants petitioned the government in 1784 for a light marking the entrance to Portland Harbor. Nothing was accomplished until 1790 when Congress appropriated the necessary funds. The tower is constructed of rubblestone and was finished and lit on January 10, 1791. Beautiful detail, clean and crisp, this is a fine early image  and is nicely hand colored. The image measures about 2” x 3” on 5” x 7” period mat. Original mahogany frame measures 5 ½” x 7 ½”. Overall in quite nice condition, a superb display piece. (VG+). $85.

537b. [stereoview] Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine. (c.1880’s). Rare view from the north of the tall white stone light tower and the early 1 ½-story keeper’s dwellings, out buildings fog signal building. Located on a rocky bluff, Portland Head Light was a focal point for Victorian visitors. This early view shows good detail of the tower and dwelling and is fairly close. View has only very light soiling and just one light spot of foxing, overall a nice view. (VG-). $58.

28159. (mounted photo) Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, Maine c.1890’s. Large photograph captures nicely Maine’s rocky coastline with a fine view of Nubble Lighthouse perched on the rocky point. This photo was taken before the light tower was changed from brown to white in 1902, and includes the keeper’s dwelling and skeleton fog bell tower. Image measures 4 ¾” x 6 ¾” and is mounted on original 8” x 10” gray mount. Image is clear and close, with some light foxing to margins. Rare image. (VG). $68.

27471. [stereoview] Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine . c.1880. Large, early view from the north of the tall white stone light tower and the early 1 ½-story keeper’s dwellings, out buildings fog signal building. Located on a rocky bluff, Portland Head Light was a focal point for Victorian visitors. This early view shows good detail of the tower and dwelling and is quite close. Unusual view from this side, showing some of the earlier structures. View is quite clean and bright, just a bit light,  overall a very nice view, near fine. (VG+). $58.

27471b. [stereoview] Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine . c.1880. Large, early view from the north of the tall white stone light tower and the early 1 ½-story keeper’s dwellings, out buildings fog signal building. Located on a rocky bluff, Portland Head Light was a focal point for Victorian visitors. This early view shows good detail of the tower and dwelling and is quite close. Unusual view from this side, showing some of the earlier structures. View is quite clean and bright, just a bit light, some corner wear, overall a very nice view. (VG-). $36.

26175b. (hand colored photograph) Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde , Maine . c.1910-1920. Beautiful hand colored photograph taken from the rear, on original mat shows a wonderful clear, close view of the distinctive fifth order light tower, with the walkway leading from the distinctive gambrel roofed light keeper's house, with the pyramidal bell tower and flowered landscape in the foreground. The mat is not signed. It may be a Gardiner or Coffin, or possibly a Wallace Nutting, Sawyer, Davidson or other notable artists of the time. Superb detail, clear, crisp, just a hint of soiling. A fine early image, beautifully hand colored. The image measures 3 ¼” x 5 ½” on a 7” x 9”period mat. Rematting and framing will make this a superb display piece. (VG-). $68.  

29316. [photo] Monhegan Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Unusual large hand colored photograph featuring a clear, close view of the Monhegan Lighthouse, about 10 miles offshore from midcoast Maine. The 48-foot granite tower built in 1850 still stands today. It is very similar to the lighthouse on Whitehead Island, built at about the same time. A new two-story keeper's house was built in 1874. Clear, close image shows great detail of the tower and powerful second-order Fresnel lens. The photo is large 7 ½” x 9 ½”, a good, clear image. (VG). $38 net.

29186. (print) Cape Elizabeth East Lighthouse. Wonderful print from photo struck me for its fine detail and overall look. Probably fairly recent, it is in black and white and is a striking piece. Print is mounted on Masonite and measures 7 ½”x 9 ½”. It has a few blemishes but would be wonderful matted and framed. (VG-). $18.

29156. (photo) Nubble Lighthouse, Cape Neddick, Maine c.1900’s. Clear photograph captures nicely Maine’s rocky coastline with a fine view of Nubble Lighthouse perched on the rocky point. This photo was taken before the light tower was changed from brown to white in 1902, and includes the keeper’s dwelling and skeleton fog bell tower. Image measures 4” x 5” and is clear and close. Rare image. (VG). $36.

29131a,b. (photo) Marshall Point Lighthouse, Maine. Stunning close, clear image of the well known lighthouse catches the light lit, taken from the walkway leading to the shore. Photo measures 8” x 10” and is clean save some light edge wear. (VG+). $24.

29112. (photo) Grindle Point Lighthouse, Islesboro, Maine c.1950. Lovely professional photograph is signed by photographer H.E. Hammond and shows a remarkably close and clear view of the square brick light tower and connected keeper’s dwelling, now the Sailor's Memorial Museum. Islesboro is a 13-mile long, narrow island in upper Penobscot Bay. After a Congressional appropriation of $3500 in March 1848, a light station was established at Grindle Point on South Islesboro's west coast in 1851 to aid mariners entering Gilkey Harbor. The present 1874 light tower is a square 39-foot brick tower attached by a covered walkway to the 1 ½ -story keeper's house. The tower originally had a fifth-order Fresnel lens. Photo measures 7 ½” x 9 ½” and is in original black wood frame. A great view. (VG). $38. 

2747. (hand colored photograph) Portland Head Lighthouse, Portland, Maine . c.1910-1920. Beautiful hand colored photograph taken from the south, on original mat shows a wonderful clear view of the distinctive light tower, keeper’s house and fog signal, with the rocky landscape in the foreground. The mat is signed David Davidson, a notable artist of the time. Superb detail, clear, crisp, just a hint of soiling. A fine early image, beautifully hand colored. The image measures 3” x 4 ½” on a 8” x 10”period mat. The mat is soiled and darkened from age. Rematting and framing will make this a superb display piece. (VG-). $48.

2787c. (hand colored photograph) Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine by Fred Thompson c.1910. Lovely hand colored photograph in original period mat shows a wonderful clear view of the light station and fog signal building jutting out from the rocky shore. The mat is signed “Thompson. The Thompson Studios were one of the larger Portland studios selling hand-colored photographs around 1900. Like most other early 20th century hand-colored photographers, Thompson Studios followed the lead of Wallace Nutting, Sawyer, Davidson and others, hand coloring their photographic images and selling primarily exterior landscape scenes. Most Thompson images were taken in Maine or northern New England . They are typically characterized by a lighter shade of coloring, with the image mounted upon an indented matting, signed "Thompson" lower right, and framed within a 1/2" frame. Frederick H. Thompson (1844-1909), the father, started the Thompson Art Co, or “TACO” as it was also known, around 1905. Fred Thompson sold primarily exterior scenes, but also sold a nice variety of Colonial Interior scenes as well. It is estimated that the Thompson Art Co. ranked 4th in total output of hand-colored photography during the early 20th c, behind only Wallace Nutting, David Davidson, and Charles Sawyer. Frederick H. Thompson died suddenly in 1909 after ingesting cyanide. His son, Frederick M. Thompson (1876-1923), took over the business upon his father's death. The Thompson Art Co. closed its doors permanently in 1923 upon the death of Frederick M. Thompson. The present lighthouse is the original structure on this location, with a few height changes through the years. There were no lighthouses on the shores of Maine, when merchants petitioned the government in 1784 for a light marking the entrance to Portland Harbor. Nothing was accomplished until 1790 when Congress appropriated the necessary funds. The tower is constructed of rubble stone and was finished and lit on January 10, 1791. Beautiful detail, clean and crisp, this is a fine early image  and is nicely hand colored. The image measures about 4 ½” x 8 ¾” on 7” x 11” period mat. Overall in quite nice condition, some soiling to mat, light wear to frame. A wonderful display piece. (VG+). $88.

28293. (large photo) Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine c.1970. Large 11” x 14” provides unusually close, clear view of the charming Maine light station including the light tower, fog bell buildings and keeper’s house as seen from the rocky ledge below. Superb large b/w photographic view, clear and clean, as nice as I have seen – a striking print. Would look wonderful framed. (F-). $64.

28360. (stereoview) Dice Head Lighthouse, Castine, Maine.  c.1870’s. Fairly close view of the light station on the rocky point. View is clear, light wear and moderate soiling but still some good detail. (VG-). $22.

28256. (photo) Heron Neck Lighthouse, Green’s Island, Maine c.1890. Heron Neck Light Station was established in 1854 on rocky Green's Island, at the east entrance to Hurricane Sound, to help guide mariners heading for Vinalhaven's Carver's Harbor. The 30-foot brick tower was attached to the keeper's house, also constructed of brick. A fifth-order Fresnel lens displayed a fixed red light 92 feet above the sea. Early mounted view measures 3 ½” x 4 ½” on 4 ¼” x 5 ¼” card mount, and shows the station high atop the rocky cliff. . Photo is clear and close, light soiling and foxing, damage to one corner, on period mount. Mount with some edge wear. Would look good matted. (G+). $48.

 23370. Witzell, Susan Fletcher, Jane A. McLaughlin and Mary Lou Smith. NEW ENGLAND VIEWS - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF  BALDWIN COOLIDGE (1845-1928). Woods Hole. 1998. 181 p. DJ. Wonderful work features 189 duotone images selected from the plates of the noted  Boston photographer Baldwin Coolidge whose photographs spanned the period of the 1880s to 1917. Over his career, Coolidge took many pictures in Woods Hole, as well as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the  Elizabeth Islands ,  New Hampshire ,  Maine along the  Merrimack , the  North Shore , city scenes and maritime views as well. Superb views include a number of light stations and life saving stations in the area, as well as ships and shipwrecks, farm and city life of the period, and much more. Published with the cooperation of The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA). New England Views won First Prize in the American Association of Museum's 1999 Design Competition. It was also chosen as one of the 50 Books/50 Covers in the annual design competition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1999. A visual feast for those interested in nineteenth century  America . (M).  $49.95

24356. (original photographs)  MAINE LIGHTHOUSES by Henry Way-Silvers. c.1950’s. These fantastic vintage 1950's black and white photographs were made by a wonderful scenery photographer named Henry Way-Silvers. Each is an original b/w print from his collection measuring 11" x 14" on double weight portrait paper and is in excellent condition. As originally printed, flat, perfect for matting and framing. Each is an original, hand printed and each slightly different from another. (VG+). $69.95 net each. 

b, c, d. PEMAQUID POINT LIGHTHOUSE. Taken looking south at the light tower, with the  fog bell tower and dwelling  beyond. 

 

    e, f, g. PEMAQUID POINT LIGHTHOUSE. Taken looking south at the rocky ledge and light tower, a bit more distant, with the  fog bell tower and dwelling beyond. 

h, i, j, k, l.  PEMAQUID POINT LIGHTHOUSE. Taken looking south at the rocky ledge and light tower, a bit more distant, with the  fog bell tower and dwelling beyond. 

n.  PEMAQUID POINT FOG BELL TOWER AND OIL HOUSE. Taken looking south at the rocky ledge and fog bell tower, with the  oil house and bay beyond. 

o.  OWLS HEAD LIGHTHOUSE. Taken from the beach looking up at the stairway and lighthouse above.

 

24385c. [art print] CAPE ELIZABETH LIGHT STATION from original watercolor by Douglas Brega c.1995. This beautiful print was produced from the original painting and shows the Cape Elizabeth East Light tower (Maine) beside the striking Victorian keeper’s dwelling. Overall size is 14 ¾” x 18” on fine quality heavy paper. From the New York Graphic Society, printed in 2003, wonderful for framing. (M). $28.

  24385a. [art print] EVENING AT PEMAQUID POINT LIGHT STATION from original watercolor by Douglas Brega. This beautiful print was produced from the original painting and shows the stone light tower and attached keeper’s dwelling at Pemaquid Point, Maine. Overall size is 21”x 30” on fine quality heavy paper. From the New York Graphic Society, printed in 2000, wonderful for framing. (M). $44.

  

  24385d. [art print] CAPE NEDDICK NUBBLE LIGHT STATION [NIGHT WATCH] from original watercolor by Douglas Brega. This beautiful print was produced from the original 1992 painting and shows the stone light tower and attached keeper’s dwelling at York, Maine. Overall size is 16”x 21” on fine quality heavy paper. From the New York Graphic Society, printed in 2004, wonderful for framing. (M). $28.

  24385b. [art print] SCITUATE LIGHT STATION, MASS [POINT LOOKOUT]. from original watercolor by Zhen-Huan Lu. This beautiful print was produced from the original painting and shows the early masonry light tower with lantern and attached keeper’s dwelling at Scituate, Mass. Overall size is 24”x 30” on fine quality heavy paper. From Hope Street Editions, printed in 2002, wonderful for framing. (M). $46.

24385e. [art print] PORTLAND LIGHT STATION from original watercolor by Douglas Brega. This beautiful print was produced from the original painting and shows the stone light tower and attached keeper’s dwellings At Portland Head, Maine. Overall size is 24”x 32” on fine quality heavy paper. From the New York Graphic Society, printed in 2000, wonderful for framing. (M). $42.

26144. (framed hand colored photo) Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine c.1900. Superb classic view of Portland Head Lighthouse has been beautifully hand colored and mounted. Still framed in its original oak frame, this is a beautiful display piece. Image measures 2 ¼” x 7 ¾”, mounted in a 6 ¾” x 13 ¾” frame. Completely original with paper backing in place. (VG). $44.  

  

23286a. Owl's Head Lighthouse.  Large view c.1900, in early original wooden oval frame. View measures 16" x 20" in 22" x 26" frame. Some wear to gold leaf and black painted frame but would clean up nicely and make a fine display piece. $128. 

22565. [photo] Nubble Lighthouse, York, Maine. c.1950’s - 60’s. Large 9" x 14" early b/w photograph shows the Lighthouse and keeper’s house in fine detail. From the look photo is surely by a professional and has a fine artistic "feel" to it. Large clear close view looks fine matted in its 70’s metal frame but could probably do better. Photo is clean and clear. Light soil to mat. Overall frame size 17" x 22". .] (VG+). $75.

538b. [stereoview] BASS [HARBOR] HEAD LIGHT-HOUSE, MT. DESERT, MAINE. c.1880. By B. Bradley, Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert, Maine. Rare large stereo view of the picturesque light-house perched on the rocky cliffs. This is a clear, detailed view showing all of the light tower with the day curtains closed and the keeper’s ladder resting against the side. Also includes part of the keeper’s house, walkway, privy and more. Though just a bit distant, view is extremely clear and crisp, in very good condition. Larger format measures 4 ¼" x 7". (VG). $78 net.

397. Stebbins, N. L., THE ILLUSTRATED COAST PILOT WITH SAILING DIRECTIONS. THE ATLANTIC AND GULF COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES INCLUDING BAYS AND HARBORS. New York. 1902. 225p. Extremely difficult to find. Illustrated with over 320 superb recognition photographs of lighthouses and light vessels along the coast during the period. Includes sailing directions and description of lights along the coast, identifies approaches, lights, ledges and other coastal features. Much use is made of Stebbins’s photographs, and this work presents an excellent view of the entire east coast from Maine to Texas, as it appeared at the turn of the century. Beautifully rebound in cloth museum-quality wraps with unusually little wear save a few moisture stains to first few pages, otherwise contents clean and tight. Well worth it for the wonderful lighthouse and light vessel photographs alone. (VG+). $295.

  

4255L. Stebbins, N. L., THE ILLUSTRATED COAST PILOT WITH SAILING DIRECTIONS. THE ATLANTIC AND GULF COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES INCLUDING BAYS AND HARBORS. New York. 1902. 225p. Extremely difficult to find. Illustrated with over 320 superb recognition photographic views of lighthouses and light vessels along the coast during the period. Includes sailing directions and description of lights along the coast, identifies approaches, lights, ledges and other coastal features. Much use is made of Stebbins’s photographs, and this work presents an excellent view of the entire east coast from Maine to Texas, as it appeared at the turn of the century. Cloth covers with unusually little wear save some expected staining, front hinge worn, two frontis advertising pages present but loose,  contents overall clean and tight. Well worth it for the lighthouse and light vessel views alone. (VG-). $135.

  

SR-451. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, STAKES AND OTHER DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1886. Wash. 1886. 44 p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $78.

6332-21. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BEACONS, BUOYS, STAKES AND OTHER DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1890. Wash. 1890. 67 p. Soft wraps. Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Some soiling and chipping to wraps, some foxing, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG-). $88.

6332-9. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF LIGHTS, BUOYS AND DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1907. Wash. 1907. 150 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the northeast boundary of the United States to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Only light soiling to wraps, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. Excellent resource. (VG+). $128 net.

6332ddd. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF LIGHTS, BUOYS AND DAYMARKS IN THE FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. 1909. Wash. 1909. 146 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Soiling and chipping to wraps, contents unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG).              $110 net.

6332eee. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BUOYS] [INCLUDING LIGHTS, FOG SIGNALS, BUOYS, AND DAYMARKS]  MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE 1911. Wash. 1911. 88 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Light wear, unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+).       $76 net.

6332fff. Lighthouse Service. LIST OF BUOYS] [INCLUDING LIGHTS, FOG SIGNALS, BUOYS, AND DAYMARKS]  MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE 1914. Wash. 1914. 61 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of the First Lighthouse District from the Canadian border to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Light wear, unusually clean and intact, tight. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+).             $76 net.

6332jj. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL [LIGHT AND] BUOY LIST [INCLUDING LIGHTS, FOG SIGNALS, BUOYS, AND DAYMARKS] MAINE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE . Wash. 1916. 90 p. Soft wraps.  Includes all of the coastline of Maine and New Hampshire . Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Overall in unusually good condition for an early list, covers nicely intact with only a few chips and some staining, contents fairly  clean and tight, a good copy. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG-) $38 net.  

27161a. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1928. 177- p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast and harbors from the St. Croix River, Maine south to Westport Harbor, Massachusetts. Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Overall in unusually good condition for an early list, covers nicely intact with only light wear, contents clean and tight, a very good copy. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+)     $36 net.

27161b. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1929. 182- p. (VG+). $36.

27161c. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1930. 180- p. (VG+). $36.

27161d. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1931. 178- p. (VG+). $36.

27161e. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1932. 177- p. (VG+). $36.

27161f. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1933. 177- p. (VG+). $36.

27161g. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1934. 179- p. (VG+). $36.

27161i. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST. Maine to Massachusetts. First and Second Lighthouse District. Wash. 1936. 182- p. (VG+). $36.

6332-17. Lighthouse Service. LOCAL LIGHT LIST NEW ENGLAND COAST OF THE UNITED STATES. Maine to Massachusetts . Wash. 1933. 177 p. Soft wraps. Covers the coast from Whitlocks Mill , Maine to Buzzards Bay . Includes descriptions of lights and light vessels, buoys, fog signals as well as other important information. Includes location, height above water, distance seen, candlepower, description of structure, and more. Overall in unusually good condition for an early list, covers nicely intact with only light soiling, contents clean and tight, a good copy. Very difficult to find these early lists and well worth the search. (VG+)   $48.

C2678. [document] U. S. Coast Guard, Return of Public Property (Apparatus, Equipment, Supplies, etc.) for the Period From July 1, 1924 to June 30, 1925 at the Cranberry Island Station, First District [Maine]. 50 pages.  9 ½” x 12”. Lengthy form contains spaces for all items needed by the station and would be filled out the hand of the Officer in Charge [Payson F. Myers] indicating the quantity of each item on hand, received, and used during the year. Each and every possible item is noted, from all sizes of brushes, to boats, burners, lamps, wicks, tools, furniture, blocks, tackle, breeches buoy, line guns, vehicles, draft animals, life belts, medicine chest, oars, shot line, paint, books and forms, and much more. Listing covers 50 pages and is a must for researchers working to properly furnish your Coast Guard or life-saving station or museum exhibit. (Photocopy, spiral bound. $11.)

2735. Lot 6 Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) related photos) c.1936. A native of Indianapolis, student at Princeton (Class of 1893), was perhaps Indiana's most famous author, both as playwright and as novelist. His best-known works were written in the first decades of the twentieth century: The Gentleman from Indiana (1899), Penrod (1910), Seventeen (1917), The Magnificent Ambersons (1918), and Alice Adams (1921). The last two won Pulitzer Prizes. The 1921 Publishers Weekly poll of booksellers rated him the most significant contemporary American author, above Sinclair Lewis, Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg. His short story, "Cider of Normandy," won the 1931 O. Henry Memorial Award. Tarkington was married twice. His first marriage, in 1902 to Laurel Louise Fletcher, ended in divorce in 1911. In 1912 he married Susanah Kiefer Robinson of Dayton. During their later years, the Tarkingtons spent about half of each year at their home in Indianapolis and the other half at Seawood, the home they developed at Kennebunkport, Maine. The home at Kennebunkport included, besides the house, a schooner- the Regina, and "The Floats," a boathouse to which Tarkington went afternoons for coffee and conversation. Writer Kenneth Roberts was a close neighbor and friend. The boathouse is now the Kennebunkport Maritime Museum/Gallery. Lot includes six photographs removed from an album and include views of the schooner Regina, Mrs. Fog, Tarkington’s nurse, and of Captain Montgomery, who was the inspiration for “Captain Ballentine” in Tarkington’s books. The views of the schooner Regina, owned by author Booth Tarkington, show her docked on the Kennebunk River. This schooner served as Tarkington's summer studio as well. Two views show scenes of Booth's shipkeeper or captain, on deck of the Regina, in the 1930's. All in excellent condition, very sharp and clear, perfect for framing. (VG+). $64.

21367d Small, Connie. THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER’S WIFE. Orono , Maine . 1986. 1st. 226p. Soft wraps. Inscribed by the author. The compelling tale of Constance Small’s 28-years keeping the lights with her husband Elson began in the early years of the century, growing up the daughter of a Life-Saver at the West Quoddy Head Life-Saving Station. After marrying Elson, they were assigned to the Lubec Channel Light in 1920. Later they served at Avery Rock Light, Seguin , St. Croix River Light, and finally Fort Point Light in New Castle , NH . Most interesting true tale of family life in the Lighthouse Service. Illustrated with photographs. (M).  $16.95.

    23489. Humiston, Fred. BLUE WATER MEN – AND WOMEN. Portland . 1966. 1st. 172 p. For more than three centuries the sailing vessel has dominated the Maine scene, directly influencing economic, social and cultural structures as well as furnishing an effective method of defense and attack. These men were a breed apart. Their exploits and prowess will be remembered for years to come. Blue Water Men – And Women tells their story, from pirates and the West India trade, to California gold rush, to the era of the “Sail Carriers” and more. Excellent source and reading. (VG+).   $24.  

    23490. Humiston, Fred. WINDJAMMERS AND WALKING BEAMS. Portland . 1968. 1st. 199 p. Second in the author’s series, this title focuses on the transformation of shipping in Maine from sail to steam. 1816 pioneered the steamboat economy and soon Maine waters saw odd-looking contraptions that clattered through years of trial and error and evolved into great fleets.  However, sail did not give up easily,  as it battled for survival well into the twentieth century. Another excellent source and reading. (VG+).   $24.  

 24317. (business card) Robert Thayer Sterling, author of LIGHTHOUSES OF THE MAINE COAST AND THE MEN WHO KEEP THEM. Large business or greeting card was given out by author and Assistant Keeper of Portland Head Light, Robert Thayer Sterling at his book signings or for other purposes. Card is buff colored with an image of Portland Head Light and measures 3” x 5”. Near fine.  $24.

8405c. Shattuck, Clifford. THE NUBBLE – Cape Neddick Light Station, York , Maine . Freeport . 1979. 95p. Soft wraps. The author uses over 32 photographs detailing the buildings, construction, lamps and equipment, keepers and their families as well as text, and paints an image of the construction and life at this light station over its one hundred year history. Quite well done, with some particularly nice photos, now quite difficult to find. (VG). $48.  

 

Our Pick for Winter Reading:

24389. Clifford, J. Candace and Mary Louise Clifford. MAINE LIGHTHOUSES: DOCUMENTATION OF THEIR PAST. Alexandria. 2004. 220 p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with 156 historic black and white photographs. Some 67 light stations with resident keepers were built to aid shipping along Maine’s rocky coastline between 1791, when the tower at Portland Head was lit, and 1910, when the last traditional lighthouse was established at Whitlock Mills. Maine Lighthouses: Documentation of Their Past differs from other books about Maine lights in being based almost entirely on primary sources. This book is almost entirely based on research the authors conducted on Maine lighthouses in the National Archives. The authors combed the lighthouse collection in the National Archives for original records that describe how the site was selected, the construction of the tower and auxiliary buildings, the appointment of keepers, the damage to the station done by weather, and the repairs and reconstruction needed as the decades slid by. Log books tell us about the daily lives of keepers; correspondence with engineers and inspection reports detail the physical evolution of each station; and communication with Federal officials indicates how the Lighthouse Establishment was administered. Extremely well done – an important reference as well as a joy to look through.  Filled with wonderful old photographs of equipment including the lenses and lantern room, keepers, early stations and more. (M). Published at $22.95. Our price $19.95. 

24243. (commemorative stamp sheet) MAINE STATEHOOD 1820-1970. Issued July 9, 1970, the Maine Statehood 6 cent stamp features the twin lighthouses at Cape Elizabeth, from Edward Hopper’s oil painting in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. Full sheet of 50 stamps in unused mint condition. Scott #1391. (VG). $18.  

23370. Witzell, Susan Fletcher, Jane A. McLaughlin and Mary Lou Smith. NEW ENGLAND VIEWS - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BALDWIN COOLIDGE (1845-1928). Woods Hole. 1998. 181 p. DJ. Wonderful work features 189 duotone images selected from the plates of the noted Boston photographer Baldwin Coolidge whose photographs spanned the period of the 1880s to 1917. Over his career, Coolidge took many pictures in Woods Hole, as well as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, New Hampshire, Maine along the Merrimack, the North Shore, city scenes and maritime views as well. Superb views include a number of light stations and life saving stations in the area, as well as ships and shipwrecks, farm and city life of the period, and much more. Published with the cooperation of The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA). New England Views won First Prize in the American Association of Museum's 1999 Design Competition. It was also chosen as one of the 50 Books/50 Covers in the annual design competition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1999. A visual feast for those interested in nineteenth century America. (M). $49.95

23489. Humiston, Fred. BLUE WATER MEN – AND WOMEN. Portland. 1966. 1st. 172 p. For more than three centuries the sailing vessel has dominated the Maine scene, directly influencing economic, social and cultural structures as well as furnishing an effective method of defense and attack. These men were a breed apart. Their exploits and prowess will be remembered for years to come. Blue Water Men – And Women tells their story, from pirates and the West India trade, to California gold rush, to the era of the "Sail Carriers" and more. Excellent source and reading. (VG+). $24.

23490. Humiston, Fred. WINDJAMMERS AND WALKING BEAMS. Portland. 1968. 1st. 199 p. Second in the author’s series, this title focuses on the transformation of shipping in Maine from sail to steam. 1816 pioneered the steamboat economy and soon Maine waters saw odd-looking contraptions that clattered through years of trial and error and evolved into great fleets. However, sail did not give up easily, as it battled for survival well into the twentieth century. Another excellent source and reading. (VG+). $24.

23476. Short, Vincent and Edwin Sears. SAIL AND STEAM ALONG THE MAINE COAST. Portland. 1955. 203 p. DJ. Thoroughly illustrated with full page plates of steam and sailing vessels. The first in a series of books on the subject, this volume includes eighty six photographs of paintings and vessels that once ruled the coast. Includes detailed history of the vessels, dimensions and information and portraits of the captains and more. Good reading and reference. (VG-). $18.

23151. Drake, Samuel Adams. THE PINE TREE COAST. Boston. 1891. 1st. 393 p. Gilt embossed title and vignette on wraps. Illustrated with hundreds of wonderful, detailed woodcut illustrations. Samuel Adams Drake was one of America's most enduring 19th-century New England historians and folklorists. In The Pine Tree Coast, Drake focuses all of his experience and powers of observation on the coastal villages, seaports and islands of old the old Maine coast, which he personally visited. From Lubec to the Isles of Shoals in New Hampshire, Drake takes the reader on a guided tour of everything on the Maine and New Hampshire shoreline that was worth seeing in the 1880s. He mingles prosaic descriptions of oceanside scenery with local history, folklore and anecdotes about the people he encounters along the way. Drake is never stingy with praise, but he has no qualms about being critical either. One moment he's rhapsodizing over the majestic beauty of an ocean cliff, the next lamenting ancient houses blighted by time and poverty. If an innkeeper or a fisherman rubs him the wrong way, he writes about it. Touches like that keep his narrative interesting, unpredictable, and true to New England's ever-shifting temperament. The Pine Tree Coast is a beautiful and sometimes bittersweet portrait of life along the New England shore in 1880. Complementing the text are hundreds of detailed woodcut illustrations showing scenes and historic personages from the locales the author writes about, adding rich visual texture to his narrative. As expected, life on the ocean is a prominent theme here, including lighthouse life, shipwrecks and much more. Contents clean and crisp, binding worn at hinges, spine worn, covers fairly bright with light wear and bumping. Superb New England reading. (VG-).$118 net.

6103m. Sterling, Robert Thayer. LIGHTHOUSES OF THE MAINE COAST AND THE MEN WHO KEEP THEM. Brattleboro, VT. 1935. 1st. printing. 224pp. Illustrated with over 80 photographs of Maine light stations. Written by the Assistant Keeper of Portland Head Light, this volume contains a wealth of first hand information about the Maine lights and light-vessels. A rescue of seventeen men…seas washing away the garden….a lone survivor on the barren ledge….panic when the light at Saddleback went out….a bombardment of ducks into the lantern….visions, solitude…and an ever changing background of weather and seasons. Ex. Library with normal markings in cloth library binding, some wear. The best Maine account available. (VG-). $54 net.

23518. Taylor, Thomas. MONHEGAN ISLAND AND ITS LIGHTHOUSE. 2003. Soft wraps. The Island of Monhegan, some sixteen miles off the coast from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is known as a summer artist colony and unique tourist destination. Thomas Taylor's new book, Monhegan Island and Its Lighthouse, brings to life the history of this unique coastal island of Maine from the times of early exploration and ties this in to the history of its picturesque lighthouse, which was first built in 1824. Includes an overall history of the island and its people leading into the need and construction of the first lighthouse in 1824. Then the author details the reconstruction of the light station as well as the fog signal station on nearby Manana Island. Also includes excellent sections on the technical changes in the lighthouse and evolving life on the island, as well as the changes in the station brought about by the evolution of the Coast Guard and then World War II. Well illustrated with a number of historic photographs of the lighthouse and details of the lives of the keepers. Well done, large format. (M). $14.95

23470. Morison, Samuel Eliot. THE STORY OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND. Boston. 1960. 5th. 81 p. DJ. A colorful and informative history of one of Maine’s most beautiful and interesting areas by seaman and naval historian Samuel Morison. (VG+). $22.

21388. Freeman, Melville C., HISTORY OF CAPE PORPOISE. Cape Porpoise, Maine. 1955. 107p. DJ. This illustrated volume contains the story of a seaside village in Maine. Its origins and early history have been told before in Bradbury’s History of Kennebunkport and are retold here, but more important are the developments since 1837. This volume brings that story up to date. Nicely illustrated with photographs, this volume gives one the true feeling of a small Maine coastal town. As expected, contains good details of its maritime connection, shipwrecks, Goat Island Lighthouse, and much more. Fine Maine reading, well presented. (VG). $34.

7378f. [engraving] [Mount] DESERT ROCK LIGHT HOUSE, MAINE. By T. Doughty & W. Radclyffe. c.1839. 5 ½" x 7" on 9" x 12" paper. Exceptionally bright, b/w, finely detailed, early engraving showing the light tower and dwelling on the bluff, with ships and fishermen along the shore. With a freshening wind and storm clouds lurking, this is an exciting and beautiful item for framing. Beautiful detail, clean and crisp, a fine early image. (F-). $38.

21522. Baker, William Avery. A MARITIME HISTORY OF BATH, MAINE AND THE KENNEBEC RIVER REGION. Bath, Maine, Marine Research Society of Bath, 1973. 2 volumes (1160 pages), 32 plates, 7 folding plans, charts, tables, cloth. 1st edition. This is the first comprehensive history of the rich maritime heritage of this region, the results of over five years of writing and many more of research. Beginning in the 1600’s, the author details the extensive ship building history and yards right into the 1900’s. Also included are the storms and wrecks, the effects of the Revolution and other conflicts on the region, ship design and construction, ships and fleets of the region, trade, the effects of steam and much more. An exceptionally comprehensive history of this rich ship building area. Also includes a complete record and history of the sailing ships built in the various yards in the 18th and 19th centuries. Binding is Hard Cover, in slipcase. Condition is near fine, rarely opened. Slipcase with chips to two corners, otherwise clean and crisp. An important reference, quite difficult to find. (VG+). $132 net.

7209s. Shelton-Roberts, Cheryl. LIGHTHOUSE FAMILIES. 2006. 210p. Soft cover. Living in a lighthouse was a way of life for the families of more than 5000 keepers and employees of the United States Lighthouse Service. These quiet people faithfully manned their remote outposts and withstood enemy attacks, hurricanes, and dishonest bureaucrats while saving countless thousands of lives. These men, women and children daily experienced physical hardship, round-the-clock work, isolation, and danger - and the strong bond of family. Though the Lighthouse Service no longer exists, many of the children who grew up at these stations do and their stories are preserved for the first time in this remarkable book. Family tales from Pigeon Point California, St. Augustine Florida, Saddleback Ledge Maine, Old Mackinac Point Michigan, Morris Island South Carolina and many more. Illustrated with over 100 family vintage photographs and a beautiful full color photo of the light as it appears today. This is a book that you won’t want to put down. (M). Published at $14.95. Our price $9.95.

1002. Crowell, Marnie Reed. Mark Island Light. Sunset, Maine. 2009. 27p. Soft wraps. Mark Island Light, officially known as the Deer Island Thorofare Lighthouse, was fitted with a fourth-order Fresnel lens showing a fixed white light and was first lighted on New Year's Day in 1858. The 25-foot tower was attached to a one-and-one-half-story wood-frame keeper's dwelling. In 1998, some 140 years after its light beamed for the first time, Mark Island Light entered another chapter in it ownership when it passed into the hands of Island Heritage Trust. To highlight the acquisition of the light, the author has published a comprehensive and fascinating history of the light, its keepers and operational details, as well as a record of the heroic keepers who lived the isolated life we tend to romanticize today. Included in Crowell's affectionate history are vintage and contemporary photographs and drawings and excerpts from journals, letters and newspapers. (M). $13.95. 

25237. Quinn, William P., SHIPWRECKS ALONG THE ATLANTIC COAST – A Remarkable Collection of Photographs of Maritime Accidents from Maine to Florida . Beverly . 2004. DJ. 244p. Illustrated with over 260 photographs. News photographer Bill Quinn has been taking and collecting photographs of shipwrecks since he filmed the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956. For nearly half a century he has added to his remarkable archive, and his books represent some of the largest collections of shipwreck images in print. First published in 1988 and long out of print, Shipwrecks Along The Atlantic Coast has been reedited and redesigned for this new edition. The waters along the Atlantic Coast have claimed thousands of ships over the years. In this classic work, noted news photographer, historian and author Bill Quinn features hundreds of photographs of schooners and square riggers stranded, from the 1870’s to the 1980’s, from rock bound Maine down past the sandy shores of Cape Cod, through the sounds of Sandy Hook , New Jersey and on down the coast to Florida . With detailed text, the author describes numerous wrecks and the work of the Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard over the years. Notable wrecks Include the loss of the General Slocum, the City of Worcester , the Andria Doria, Normandie fire, Amerique fire, wrecks on the many sandy capes on the coast, Diamond Shoal Light Vessel No. 69, and many more. Exceptional vintage photographs and riveting reading. (M). $29.95 Our Price $21.95.

2998. Harrison, Timothy E. Lighthouses of Bar Harbor and the Acadia Region. Arcadia. 2009. 128p. Soft wraps. 180 vintage photographs. With the exception of Mount Desert Island’s Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, the lighthouses of Bar Harbor and the Acadia region are among the most remote and lesser-known lighthouses of Maine. As the vessel traffic changed in these areas in the early 1900s, some of these lighthouses were sold into private ownership while others became less important as aids to navigation. Since the structures were located on remote islands or in a highly restricted military installation, the photographs and historical firsthand memories of most of these lighthouses have remained elusive and seemingly lost in the dusty pages of time. Through vintage photographs, Lighthouses of Bar Harbor and the Acadia Region uncovers the history of these structures that kept watch over Maine’s rocky coast. Superb photographs of the stations, keepers, equipment  and more, well worth it. (M). $21.99.

28261. Harrison, Timothy. Lighthouses of the Sunrise County. Foghorn Publishing. 2008. 189p. Soft wraps. The most complete photographic book ever published about the eleven lighthouses where the rays of the sun first touch the coast of the United States of America - Maine's Washington County. This detailed work by noted lighthouse historian and writer Tim Harrison utilizes hundreds of early photographs to detail the lives of the keepers of the lighthouses at some of Maine's most pictures and remote light stations from the days of the U.S. Lighthouse Service to the days of U.S Coast Guard and then to the present. Superb accounts by keeper and their families and descendents make this a most interesting read. Includes many early, rare photos, memories and storied about the keepers and their families, their pets, work and improvements to the station over the years, and much more. Includes an entire chapter on Connie Small, the "First Lady of Light."  Light stations include Avery Rock, Libby Island, Little River, Lubec Channel, Moose Peak, Narraguagus, Nash Island, Petit Manan, St. Croix River, West Quoddy Head and Whitlock's Mill. Great reading, well worth the price for the images alone! (M). $18.95. 

28375. Hodgkins, John. A Soldier's Son: An American Boyhood during World War II. Down East Books. 2006. 325p. Soft wraps. John Hodgkins was eight years old when his father was drafted into the army and left for Europe to fight in World War II. After his return, John's father never spoke much about the war, but John knew he'd kept a diary. After his father's death, John opened his diary and two boxes of memorabilia. What began as John's attempt to tell his father's story became the story of his own life. This memoir recounts what life was like on the home front of Temple, Maine, during the war -- as well as what life was like on the front lines, thanks to what John learned from his father's letters home and his war diary. It also provides a firsthand look at the hardscrabble lives of rural Mainers and a way of living that is now mostly gone. (M). $16.95.

27101. Szelog, Thomas and Lee Ann Szelog. OUR POINT OF VIEW – Fourteen Years at a Maine Lighthouse. Down East Books. 2007. 112p. DJ. Beautifully illustrated with 106 color photos by the authors. Our Point of View offers moving personal glimpses about living in a lighthouse keeper's home, as well as arrestingly beautiful visual images of the lighthouse and property and views from this one-of-a-kind vantage point.  Tom and Lee Szelog were the first tenants to live in the newly renovated former lightkeeper’s house at Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde, Maine. Being a professional photographer, Tom naturally kept a visual record of their years at Marshall Point. Both of the Szelogs also kept personal journals, and when the time came to put together a record of their time in this most remarkable home, they delved back into their journals, selecting the most vivid and interesting recollections to share with their readers. After nearly 14 years at the Marshall Point light-keeper’s house, the Szelogs moved to their current home in Whitefield, Maine where they bring this glimpse of their lighthouse life to you. (M). $24.95.

Just Out. 26143. Porter, Jane Molloy. FRIENDLY EDIFICES: PISCATAQUA LIGHTHOUSES AND OTHER AIDS TO NAVIGATION 1771-1939. Portsmouth. 2006. 568 pp. Cloth covered. 168 illustrations. The five lighthouses of the Piscataqua region of New Hampshire and Maine are among the most admired structures of their type in America - Nubble Light, York, Maine; Boon Island Light, Maine; Whale’s Back Light, Kittery, Maine; White Island Light, Rye, New Hampshire; Fort Constitution Light, New Castle, New Hampshire. The construction of a lighthouse is not a simple matter. In addition to being able to project a warning light, the structure also must be able to withstand the foul coastal weather, especially here where the North Atlantic brings crashing waves and strong winds. Before a lighthouse could be built, funds had to be authorized usually from public sources, and politicians, whether local or state or national, had to be convinced that the expenditure is warranted. After lighthouse specifications were written, contractors had to carry out those plans. Bricks, wood, iron, and steel have supported the local lights for centuries, although four of the five lighthouses have been replaced at least once. Finally, the lights had to be maintained, a task originally charged to a keeper and often his family lived with him. In addition to the extensive details about lighthouse construction, maintenance, and operation, the author also discusses the design and placement of various aids to navigation, such as the river and ocean buoys that protect mariners from hidden rocks and ledges, fog signals, and breakwaters that created safe harbors. Chock full of superb information, vintage as well as color images and much more will keep you engrossed for many hours. If you get only one book this year, this should be the one. (M). Published at $34.95. Our price $32.95

26193. DeRaps, Ernest G. (US Coast Guard, Retired) and Pauline E Fitzgerald DeRaps. LIGHTHOUSE KEEPING / LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING. Wells. 2006. 128 p. Soft wraps. Two lighthouse books in one - FogHorn Publishing has just released a very unique book, which is actually two books in one, of the memories and stories of lighthouse life from the first hand accounts of a family that actually lived the lighthouse life. This unique book is written with two titles - Lighthouse Keeping, by Coast Guard Keeper Ernest G. DeRaps and Light Housekeeping, by his wife Pauline DeRaps. This wonderful book, depicting the DeRaps’s family life on three Penobscot Bay Maine lighthouses and Ernest’s life at a stag station south of Vinalhaven, Maine. It is packed with amazing and heartwarming stories that are more than just a “good read”. In fact, we’ll bet that you won’t be able to stop reading once you start. First you can read Ernest DeRaps stories as he recalls the life of a lighthouse keeper. His stories are intertwined with his own original pen & ink sketches of life at the lighthouses. After reading Ernest’s side of the story and viewing the full color photos, you will then need to flip the book 180 degrees and read Pauline’s side of the story for an entirely different perspective of the same events and stories. This book is a must have for a lighthouse aficionado. (M).  $19.95.  

25137. Batchelor, John. NORTH AMERICAN LIGHTHOUSES COLORING BOOK.  New York . 1995. 47 p. Soft wraps. Enjoyable children’s coloring book includes 36 b/w drawings to color of lighthouses including  Cape Hatteras , Montauk Point, Cape Canaveral, Quoddy Head,  Point Reyes , and many others. Includes location map and history of each. (M). $4.95.

24389. Clifford, J. Candace and Mary Louise Clifford. MAINE LIGHTHOUSES: DOCUMENTATION OF THEIR PAST. Alexandria. 2004. 220 p. Soft wraps. Illustrated with 156 historic black and white photographs. Some 67 light stations with resident keepers were built to aid shipping along Maine’s rocky coastline between 1791, when the tower at Portland Head was lit, and 1910, when the last traditional lighthouse was established at Whitlock Mills. Maine Lighthouses: Documentation of Their Past differs from other books about Maine lights in being based almost entirely on primary sources. This book is almost entirely based on research the authors conducted on Maine lighthouses in the National Archives. The authors combed the lighthouse collection in the National Archives for original records that describe how the site was selected, the construction of the tower and auxiliary buildings, the appointment of keepers, the damage to the station done by weather, and the repairs and reconstruction needed as the decades slid by. Log books tell us about the daily lives of keepers; correspondence with engineers and inspection reports detail the physical evolution of each station; and communication with Federal officials indicates how the Lighthouse Establishment was administered. Extremely well done – an important reference as well as a joy to look through.  Filled with wonderful old photographs of equipment including the lenses and lantern room, keepers, early stations and more. (M). Published at $22.95. Our price $19.95. 

23518. Taylor, Thomas. MONHEGAN ISLAND AND ITS LIGHTHOUSE. 2003. Soft wraps. The Island of Monhegan, some sixteen miles off the coast from Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is known as a summer artist colony and unique tourist destination. Thomas Taylor's new book, Monhegan Island and Its Lighthouse, brings to life the history of this unique coastal island of Maine from the times of early exploration and ties this in to the history of its picturesque lighthouse, which was first built in 1824. Includes an overall history of the island and its people leading into the need and construction of the first lighthouse in 1824. Then the author details the reconstruction of the light station as well as the fog signal station on nearby Manana Island. Also includes excellent sections on the technical changes in the lighthouse and evolving life on the island, as well as the changes in the station brought about by the evolution of the Coast Guard and then World War II. Well illustrated with a number of historic photographs of the lighthouse and details of the lives of the keepers. Well done, large format. (M). $14.95

23370. Witzell, Susan Fletcher, Jane A. McLaughlin and Mary Lou Smith. NEW ENGLAND VIEWS - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF BALDWIN COOLIDGE (1845-1928). Woods Hole. 1998. 181 p. DJ. Wonderful work features 189 duotone images selected from the plates of the noted Boston photographer Baldwin Coolidge whose photographs spanned the period of the 1880s to 1917. Over his career, Coolidge took many pictures in Woods Hole, as well as Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, New Hampshire, Maine along the Merrimack, the North Shore, city scenes and maritime views as well. Superb views include a number of light stations and life saving stations in the area, as well as ships and shipwrecks, farm and city life of the period, and much more. Published with the cooperation of The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA). New England Views won First Prize in the American Association of Museum's 1999 Design Competition. It was also chosen as one of the 50 Books/50 Covers in the annual design competition of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1999. A visual feast for those interested in nineteenth century America. (M). $49.95

22510. Marcus, John. LIGHTHOUSES OF NEW ENGLAND – Your Guide to Lighthouses of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Long Island. Stillwater. 2001. 160 p. A Pictorial Discovery Guide. DJ. A fresh look at the history and technological evolution of lighthouses in the area, the development of apparatus, architecture, construction and maintenance on their remote sites, the daily life of the keepers and much more. The author presents an exciting history illustrated with stunning photographs, historical anecdotes, architectural details and local legends. Lavishly illustrated, an excellent text on the subject and guide for the area. (M). Hard Cover $29.95 Soft Cover $19.95.

20335. Stonehouse, Frederick. LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS & COAST GUARD CUTTERS – Heroic Lighthouse Keepers and the Coast Guard Cutters Named After Them. Gwinn, Michigan. 2000. 272p. Soft wraps. Travel from Maine to California and hear the stories of fourteen heroic lighthouse keepers and what feats they performed to inspire the Coast Guard to honor them by naming a vessel after them. Included ate tales of shipwreck, desolation and loneliness, blinding fog and booming cannon, sturdy ships and blown out sales. The book covers the life and times of the keepers, their daily routine, and the lamps and lenses that they tended. Also included are the vessels themselves, their construction and the work that they perform. Different, most interesting, and another long needed tale of the keepers themselves. (M). $15.95.

20207. Quinn, William P., SHIPWRECKS AROUND NEW ENGLAND. Orleans. 1979. Soft wraps. 240p. Illustrated with over 350 photographs. The waters of the Northeast have claimed thousands of ships over the years. In this classic work, noted news photographer, historian and author Bill Quinn features hundreds of photographs of schooners and square riggers stranded, from the 1870’s to the 1970’s. from rock bound Maine down past the sandy shores of Cape Cod, through the sounds of Sandy Hook, New Jersey. With detailed text, the author describes numerous wrecks and the work of the Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard over the years. Includes the loss of the Monnt Blanc, General Slocum and Larchmont disasters, the City of Columbus, the Andria Doria, Normandie fire, and more. Exceptional reading. (M). $29.95.

20208. Quinn, William P., SHIPWRECKS AROUND MAINE. Orleans. 1983. Soft wraps. 182p. Illustrated with over 200 photographs. The rocky coast from Calais to Kittery has been the scene of thousands of shipwrecks over the years. In this classic work, noted news photographer, historian and author Bill Quinn features hundreds of photographs marine accidents, from the 1880’s to the 1980’s. The storms and fogs have caused many accidents while rocks and shoals have stranded even the most experienced mariners. Includes Life-Saving and Coast Guard crews, the wreck of the Empress off Fox Point, the City of Bangor off Monhegan, and many more. Exceptional reading. (M). $29.95.

 

 

 

 

 

Light-House Service District Maps

10345. [Light-House Service District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. June 30, 1891. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in good condition. These are fine for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average 8 ½” x 10” in size and are overall clean, may have very light stain,  with only one light original fold, light age toning. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District for framing. (VG).

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River , Maine to Hampton Harbor , New Hampshire . Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire . $44.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor , New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren , Rhode Island . Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard .    $44.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren , Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks.    $44.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain .    $18.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey , Delaware , Maryland and Virginia .   $44.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet , Virginia to and including New River Inlet , North Carolina .  $44.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet , North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida . Includes part of North Carolina , all of South Carolina , Georgia , and Florida between the limits named. $44.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance , Florida . Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida .  $44.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance , Florida to the Rio Grande, the southern boundary of Texas . Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River .  $44.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters.  $44.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River , St. Lawrence River , New York to and including Grassy Island, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario , and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers.  $44.

ELEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the Grassy Island Light Station, Detroit River , Michigan to the head of Lake Superior including the waters of Lakes St. Clair, Huron, and Superior and the upper part of the Detroit River , the St. Clair and St. Mary’s Rivers, and part of the Straits of Mackinac.  $44.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon .   $44.

THIRTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Oregon to the northern boundary of the United States and includes Alaska . Includes all of Oregon and Washington , and Alaskan waters.  $44.

U. S. Light-House Service District Charts - Large Size

20178. [Light-House District Maps]. U. S. Light-House Service. c. 1900-1908. A rare opportunity to obtain an official U. S. Light-House Service District charts of all district aids to navigation as bound in their Annual Reports. Normally these charts are included within the Annual Reports and we are unable to offer them separately but we have found a lot of disbound charts in wonderful condition. These are perfect for matting and framing for your wall. Charts detail the entire Light-House District in three colors, and show all lighthouses, beacons, light vessels, fog signals, lighted buoys, Light-House Depots, and more. Charts average about 16" x 20" in size and are clean and crisp, with only light original folds. A rare chance to obtain the chart of your District, ideal for framing. (VG+).

UNITED STATES. Outline Map shows all of the United States Light-House Districts with the more important lights noted. Includes all of continental United States and Alaska. $88.

FIRST LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the head of navigation on the St. Croix River, Maine to Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire. Includes all of Maine and New Hampshire. $88.

SECOND LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Hampton Harbor, New Hampshire to Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island. Includes all of Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. $88.

THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Elisha Ledge off Warren, Rhode Island to and including a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks. $88.

PART OF THE THIRD LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Champlain. $44.

FOURTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point on the coast of New Jersey opposite Shrewsbury Rocks to and including Metomkin Inlet, Virginia. Includes New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. $88.

FIFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Metomkin Inlet, Virginia to and including New River Inlet, North Carolina. $88.

SIXTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From New River Inlet, North Carolina to and including Jupiter Inlet Light-Station, Florida. Includes part of North Carolina, all of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida between the limits named. $88.

SEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From a point south of Jupiter Inlet Light-Station to Perdido Entrance, Florida. Includes all of the sea and Gulf Coasts of Florida. $88.

EIGHTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From Perdido Entrance, Florida to the southern boundary of Texas. Includes all of the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi River. $88.

NINTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Includes all of Lake Michigan, Green Bay and tributary waters. $88.

TENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the St. Regis River, St. Lawrence River, New York to the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan. Includes the waters of Lakes Erie and Ontario, and the upper part of the St. Lawrence, the Niagara, and the lower part of the Detroit rivers. $78.

ELEVENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends from the mouth of the River Rouge, Detroit River, Michigan to the westerly end of Lake Superior including the waters of Lake St, Clair, Huron, and Superior and the upper part of the Detroit River, the St. Clair and St. Mary’s Rivers, and part of the Straits of Mackinac. $78.

TWELFTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Mexico to the boundary between California and Oregon. $88.

THIRTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. From the boundary between California and Oregon to the northern boundary of the United States and includes Alaska. Includes all of Oregon and Washington, and Alaskan waters. $88.

FOURTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Ohio River from Pittsburgh, Pa., to Cairo, Ill., on the Tennessee River 255 miles, and on the Great Kanawha 73 miles. $54.

FIFTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., and on the Missouri River to Kansas City, Mo., and on the Illinois River from LaSalle to its mouth. $54.

SIXTEENTH LIGHT-HOUSE DISTRICT. Extends on the Mississippi River from the head of navigation to Cairo, Ill., to New Orleans, La., and on the Red River. $54.

LIGHT-HOUSE CHART. Includes West Indies between the Mona and Virgin Passages comprising Puerto Rico and dependencies, and all of the Hawaiian Islands. $38.

 

 

 

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