Here is a photo of Exchange Street, in the Old Port, in 1971.
Forty years ago this year, Portland’s waterfront “warehouse district” was transformed into the “Old Port Exchange” of today.
Many of the buildings had been built in the 19th century.
The original negative, taken by a Portland Press Herald photographer, is in the Portland Room’s Archives.
On the momentous occasion of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup championship, here are two photographic gems from our Archives in the Portland Room.
In the photos below, published in the Portland Press Herald on November 12, 1969, Bruins star Phil Esposito is shown signing autographs at the Giant store, at Northgate Shopping Center in North Deering. Esposito had recently accomplished the record of being the first NHL player to score more than 100 points in a season.
Bruins fans may recognize that only months after these pictures were taken here in Portland, the Bruins and Phil Esposito would go on to win the Stanley Cup (1970), and again in 1972.
In the photo below, Tommy MacDowell is giving Esposito a letter to deliver which he’d written to Bruins goalie Eddie Johnston. MacDowell caddied for Johnston during the 1968 Maine Open golf tournament which was held at Riverside Golf Course in Portland.
Remember, in honor of Patriots Day, the Library will be closed for the day (Monday April 18th).
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