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!
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.
An archival image, from the Portland Room, to accompany and further inspire your spring cleaning!
This one was taken in 1938, and is part of our collection called Portland People and Places, which spans the late 1930s – early 1940s. Portions of this collection have been exhibited in the Portland Room as well.