Love & Affection, Maine Memory Style

On this Valentine’s Day, here are some images of couples from years past.

Here, Andrew Andersen of Stow, a Swedish immigrant, puts a ring on the finger of his future wife, Ada L. Burbank of North Fryeburg, sometime in 1910. They (finally!) married on June 20, 1914.

Be sure to click on the photo, then zoom in to see the ring!

Amid flowers, Alice W. Seaver and Henry M. Seaver enjoy their honeymoon at Christmas Cove. On the reverse of the photograph is written, “There were 70 daisies on that one plant.” (Did they really count them?) Henry Seaver took the photograph himself by pulling on a string attached to the shutter control of his camera.

Lyde M. and Fred H. Johnson, who married in about 1908, pose outdoors on rocks. They operated a farm in Waterford.

Do you notice a similarity with the photo about? Fred and Henry seem a little more relaxed than their companions about lounging around outside. It’s a lot easier to sprawl on your side in a pair of pants.

Yet another, similarly posed couple, Jay M. Preble and his wife K. Mabel McCaffrey Preble, on the beach at Ocean Park in about 1944.

Could the slightly sour looks on their faces have to do with being on the hot sand in decidedly non-beach attire? (Compared to the woman behind them, to the left.)

Also looking less than jolly–from the length of time they had to sit for the 1864 ambrotype portrait, no doubt–are John and Sarah Williams Young of Hallowell. The image was made by A. F. Morse.

What was life like for this African American couple living in the heart of Maine during the Civil War? Learn more about the history of Maine’s African American population via the “Blacks in Maine” exhibit.

Skipping ahead 115+ years, former Governor James Longley and his wife pose in front of a new Statehouse portrait painted by Jack Havey. (Clearly, he approves of the likeness!)

Longley served from 1975-1979 as the first Independent to hold the office. He kept the promise he had made during his campaign–to serve only one term. Sadly, he died of cancer just two years later. For more images of Governor Longley, click here.

Here are a slew of couples, circa 1945, cutting a rug at the “Way Back Ball” in Northeast Harbor. The Ball, held in the Neighborhood House, was a chance for couples to dress in “old fashioned” attire and have a fun night with other couples.

Talk about mixing romance and adventure! This image is actually a still from a film clip (click through and watch the video!) that shows the aerial wedding of Etta Olson and Roy S. Oberg of New Sweden on June 5, 1930. The couple flew out of the Caribou airport, were married in the air and returned to greet friends on the ground. After they landed, Frances J. Bragdon and George H. Cone of Ashland took off for their aerial wedding. The couples shared a pre-wedding parade from downtown Caribou to the airport. (Top that!) Read more about the unusual nuptials in this Maine History Online exhibit.

And, finally, how could we close this Valentine’s post without a nod to our dear Henry? The 1904 calendar (to the left) depicts a scene from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Evangeline. Evangeline and her love Gabriel are shown as a young couple, with the quote, “May no shadow of sorrow/Fall on this house and hearth.”

On the right, Longfellow poses with his dog Trap, a Scotch terrier, the “last and greatest of all the dogs” according to the poet. Originally belonging to the oldest son, Charley Longfellow, Trap was much loved by the entire family.

Here’s hoping you spend today, the week, this month, all year, the rest of your life… with someone for whom you have affection, appreciation, respect, and deeply abiding love.

(Note: Much of the text about the images was taken from their catalog descriptions on Maine Memory.)



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Maine Community Heritage Project at Maine Historical Society
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One Response to Love & Affection, Maine Memory Style

  1. Stephanie G. says:

    Love these pictures. So odd to see people dressed so formally on the beach at Ocean Park. And as for that aerial wedding, all I have to say is the door handle on the airplane looks REALLY flimsy!

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