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Forever Yours, Bar Harbor

Historic Postcard Images of Mount Desert Island and Acadia

Softcover, 122 pages, Nostalgia, Gift

ISBN: 978-1-939017-42-0

Availability: In stock

$14.95

About this Book:

Before cameras were common, visitors to Mount Desert Island had to remember the beauty of the landscape through postcards. In this book, readers will be transported back in time to the Golden Age of Acadia, Mount Desert Island, and Bar Harbor, when the Rockefellers strolled the streets and carriage roads were actually used for carriages. These antique postcards were once collected and treasured, kept as mementoes and displayed for guests. While digital photography has replaced the postcard as the preferred way to share vacation memories, readers will enjoy traveling through time with registered Maine guide and author Earl Brechlin. Alongside each image, Brechlin provides illuminating details, tidbits of Maine lore, and information about how modern day Mount Desert Island compares with the scenic postcard. This fascinating collection of postcards and stories will appeal to history buffs, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who has been swept away by the magic of the Maine landscape.

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'...these cards offer a bit of time travel and historical perspective––and at their most memorable a small rectangular piece of art. Brechlin is right: here is a 'wonderful taste' of what this island looked like back in the day."
––Carl Little, Working Waterfront 

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Top Five Places in Bar Harbor

Top Five Places in Bar Harbor

In June, we're launching our first ever postcard book titled, Forever Yours, Bar Harbor: Historic Postcard Images of Mount Desert Island & Acadia, by journalist and MDI Islander editor, Earl Brechlin. Alongside each postcard, the author offers interesting facts, shares bits of Maine lore and compares these fascinating images from the past to the Mount Desert Island we know today.

Brechlin, who is also a registered Maine Guide, is an expert when it comes to the forests and mountains of his beloved island. With this expertise in mind, we asked him to share some of his favorite places in Bar Harbor.

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Maine Guide Earl Brechlin Shares Five Great Hikes

Maine Guide Earl Brechlin Shares Five Great Hikes

Registered Maine Guide Earl Brechlin has nearly four decades of experience hiking the Maine woods. Although he was born in Connecticut, Brechlin has deep family roots in Maine. “I got back here as soon as I could,” he said.

Brechlin is the author of four Maine and New England history books, as well as field guides to Maine and Mount Desert Island. In 2016, he will publish yet another book that combines his dual passions for Maine history and the great outdoors. Forever Yours, Bar Harbor (Islandport Press, June 2016) features color postcards from Acadia’s Golden Age, images of the stunning summer “cottages” of yesteryear, and scenes of the natural features that make Bar Harbor a timeless vacation destination.

But Brechlin’s Maine experience isn’t limited to the confines of Mount Desert Island. As a guide, he has tramped all over Maine, hiking between tall pines on the Appalachian Trail and along the sheer peak of Knife’s Edge in Baxter State Park. Below, Brechlin shares his top hiking destinations in Maine, which are sure to inspire any nature lover to get outside and do some walking.

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Earl Brechlin

About this Author

Earl Brechlin is an author, journalist, and registered Maine Guide who lives in Bar Harbor. Born in Connecticut, Brechlin returned to Maine to live after high school, or in his words, “as soon as I could.”

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