Transportation includes items such as automobiles, carriages, fire trucks and railroads. Because boats are such an important subject in the Archive they are treated separately and have their own subject of Vessels.

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From the Curator

There are photographs of all forms of transportation in the Archive – everything from buckboards with fascinating springs that provided comfortable sightseeing while swaying over rutted dirt roads, to trains and planes. Automobiles were not seen in numbers on Mt. Desert Island until 1913, when after much controversy, they were allowed in most places. The archive contains all sorts of images of them from early Maxwells to William Doane Stanley’s 1924 Essex (famous for his having driven it through the back wall of his barn) to his great nephew’s 1933 toy Pedal Car. Whenever possible we list the make, style and year of an automobile – information that has been useful when dating a photograph.

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