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17179. (framed photo & newspaper) Mount Desert Rock Lighthouse, Maine c.1890’s.

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17179. (framed photo & newspaper) Mount Desert Rock Lighthouse, Maine c.1890’s.

17179. (framed photo & newspaper) Mount Desert Rock Lighthouse, Maine c.1890’s. Superb silver gelatin print of the Mount Desert Rock lighthouse depicts numerous figures posing outside this remote Maine island lighthouse. Mount Desert Rock is one of the most isolated and desolate places ever used as a site for a lighthouse in the United States. Photo depicts numerous figures posing outside the 1850’s granite lighthouse as well as the 45-foot bell tower and duplex keepers’ dwelling. Photo measures 6.25 x 8″ matted in period 14″ x 15.5″ frame. Photo is generally clean, with moderate foxing to mat. Re-matted, this will be a superb display piece of an exceptionally rare image. Included with the framed photo is an extremely early newspaper, (The Portland Daily Advertiser, April 12, 1853. 4p), that describes “…the rocky coast of Maine with its numerous hazards to mariners and the precarious perch of the lighthouse on Mount Desert Island . Constructed only twenty years prior, the lighthouse lies on a dangerous granite ledge lying twenty eight miles from the nearest mainland. Storms fairly sweep over the six acre rock and nearly swept the keeper’s house away a short time ago….” Four pages, folded, quite clean. A nice lot. (VG). $595.