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Days out in Camden: Stunning Historical Photos of a Family Trip at Maine in late-19th Century

These stunning historical photos show Theresa Babb and her friends enjoying and partying at Camden, Maine, in the late 19th century. They photographed as they lazed on the beach, walked the dog, hugged the cat, laughed, made faces at picnics, and drank al fresco at Sherman’s Point.

There is nothing stiff about these portraits of life in the 1890s. Babb welcomes us in. The camera is low as if we are part of the crowd of women sitting on the grass. Everyone seems to be looking at us. Theresa Babb labeled the photos with short captions, so we know some of their names

#9 Friends and family of Theresa Babb perched on a ladder by the Summit House swing on August 17, 1898. Her sister Grace Parker is at the top of the ladder.

Friends and family of Theresa Babb perched on a ladder by the Summit House swing on August 17, 1898. Her sister Grace Parker is at the top of the ladder.

The Summit House hotel was built in 1897 by Columbus Buswell. The property was purchased in 1899 by the Mt. Battie Association and renovated the same year. Property torn down in 1920.

#12 Woman walking along Turnpike Drive (now Rt. 52) in October 1899. She is carrying a camera and has a dog and bicycle with her.

#24 Mrs. Dudley Talbot, one of 4 daughters of Moses Parker of Camden, Maine; photographed August 1898

Written by Aung Budhh

Husband + Father + librarian + Poet + Traveler + Proud Buddhist. I love you with the breath, the smiles and the tears of all my life.

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