Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Late 19th/Early 20th Century Photograph Album, Possibly Maine: Winter, Ice Boating, Indians

Late 19th/Early 20th century photograph album, approximately 5-1/2" x 4-1/2", that was acquired in Maine and may or may not be of scenes and people from Maine, though it's definitely a locale that affords ice boating.   See the album in its entirety at the end of this post.

Sadly, there's no identification in the album and nothing written on the photographs, except for the word "Friends" on a photograph of two dogs.

The ice boat or boats:

There are two photographs of Indians, presumably at a demonstration or parade.


Closeups of people

Is this man photographing a river in spring runoff?  There's a danger sign at lower left.

Did someone add a halo to the photograph?

Recognize the abbreviation or symbol on the overhang?

Any comments regarding locale or identity would be most welcome!

See the photograph album in its entirety on YouTube.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. The Indian riding the pony was most likely part of a travelling Wild West Show, which were still popular in the early 20th century. Possibly Buffalo Bill's, but his wasn't the only one.

  2. Pam, I enjoyed looking at the photos and video. The two women were clearly friends, and the men either boyfriends or husbands. I've no clue as to where the pictures were taken. Are the photos glued to the back? Thanks for sharing this and doing what you can to find a family member.

  3. Even the Native Americans of Maine did traveling shows, and that was also my thought, Michael, thanks! They went all over Maine and New England, perhaps beyond. And they wore costumes that people would expect, not necessarily what their ancestors wore.

  4. Thanks, Barbara. I thought I'd give the video a chance on its own for a while. Eventually, if I hear nothing, I might try removing the photographs from the backing in the hope that there might be something written there.