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[Photo Album]: Rural Scenes in Maine and New Hampshire
Portland, Me.: Bicknell Mfg. Co.. [circa 1935]. Oblong octavo. String-tied flexible card covers with printed label of Bicknell Mfg. Co. of Portland, Maine, along with "Eustis. Chain of Ponds" in ink on the front cover. 52 leaves, each with a single gelatin silver photograph on the verso only. Each image is approximately 6" x 4". Each image is numbered, only a couple are captioned. Old repairs on the covers, chipping on covers and edges of the leaves, one leaf detached and trimmed, thus externally good plus, but internally very good or better with modest fading on a few images. The album depicts mostly rural scenes in Maine including Chain of Ponds and Eustis, and of the Dead River in New Hampshire. The images are dominated by pastoral scenes, a few of farm houses, and a few of monuments. J. Carleton Bicknell, who lost his right arm at age seven, was one of Maine's most accomplished photographers, founding his company in 1902 as the Bicknell Photo Company. Presumably these were master images used by Bicknell as part of his portfolio or as samples to peddle postcards or to offer for use in souvenir brochures. The images are beautifully composed, with most of them rising to the level of art in their composition and execution. Bicknell apparently specialized in hand-painted images; these are uncolored. Apparently a trove of Bicknell material was sold in 2005, from whence, we can only speculate, this album came. An uncommonly accomplished album by a notable Maine photographer. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
Last Found On: 2015-07-08           Check availability:      Biblio    


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