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aerial portland

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Exhibits & Displays | Adults | Teens | Seniors | Portland History

On your next visit to the Library, come see our new Aerial Portland photographic exhibit- in the 2nd floor Reading Room. These images represent a portion of our newly-accessioned Portland Press Herald Still Film Negative Collection, now being processed in the Archives, in the Portland Room. With the larger collection is a body of aerial photo negatives, made by the Press Herald with the  newspaper’s own plane, mostly in the 1950s.

The exhibit spotlights the neighborhoods of Portland, and the image below shows Congress Square, circa 1960.

Click on the image to enlarge the photo, and see how many landmarks you can recognize!


spring and gardening

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Seniors | Portland History

Lengthened days and warmer temperatures draw many to the outdoors.

Among the Library’s collections, cultivated in the Portland Room, is a trove of illustrated books from which The Old English Gardening Books is found.

Author Eleanour Sinclair Rohde collated various 16th and 17th century gardening classics so that readers may construct Elizabethan and Stuart gardens of their own.

Books such as these may be enjoyed by the public in the Portland Room.


book learning

posted: , by Abraham Schechter
tags: Exhibits & Displays | Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

Here are some pictures from a recent Portland Room exhibit of educational books from our Special Collections. Among our niche collections is an array of children’s and pedagogical books.

This display shows readers and (at right) a math book. The New England Primer (at top) is from 1777.

An illustrated book about Portland schools, from 1932, includes classroom photos and an image of Deering High School’s entrance on the cover.

Geographic travels with a large foldout map.

A Children’s Primer at left, and an early-19th century math book at right.

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