A SERIES OF FISHING TRIPS TO MAINE, 1928-1939, as recorded by the Haring family in a photograph album containing about 160 photos, heavily captioned beneath or along side the photographs or on adjacent leaves in white ink.

Maine: 1928-1938. Photograph album, 7 3/8 x 11 1/2 inches, 44 [of 48] leaves employed, both sides used for either mounting photographs or describing them, or both, with short narratives about trips occasionally interspersed; affixed to two leaves are reproduced copies of a 1937 manuscript map, executed by Erastus Haring, picturing the lake (hand-colored blue) and identifying physical features and property owners all along its shores. The Erastus Haring family, of Suffern, New York, vacationed at the same time at the same cabin on Sebec Lake, about 40 miles northwest of Bangor, for twelve summers, recording their fishing adventures and other outdoor activities (e.g., sailing waterboarding) in the album. The majority of the photographs depict the Haring family, especially sons Warren and Horace, boating and catching salmon, trout, and bass, with many "action" images and more of "stringed" fish; also captured are occasional fishing, hiking, or sight seeing trips to nearby spots in Maine (e.g., Moosehead Lake, Rangeley Lake, Bar Harbor, Mount Katadhin). A number of the photos focus on community life around the lake, with outdoor meals, neighbors in front of houses, fish preparation for meals, etc. The detailed captions add a great deal of context to the album; in addition to exhaustive identification of people, places, and dates, there are manuscript full-page poems (at least one attributed to Mr. Haring) with content related to fishing, pithy quotations related to the sport ("the fellow who keeps his hook in the water catches the fish"), and descriptions of the day's fishing events ("with Richard, it may be a long time before he catches another as large as this one"). Two photographs missing, two laid in loose, an excellent family pictorial record of summer excursions for land-locked salmon and other species, mostly on Sebec Lake northwest of Bangor. Brown faux-crocodile leather binding, gilt stamped "Photographs" on upper cover, tied. (11157). Item #64886

Price: $1,250.00

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