Author Earl Brechlin will share historic postcard images of Mount Desert Island, such as the one above, in a presentation at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Author to share MDI’s history

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Earl Brechlin, author and journalist will talk about his new book, “Forever Yours, Bar Harbor, Historic Postcard Images of Mount Desert Island and Acadia” at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Before cameras and iPhones were common, visitors to MDI remembered the beauty of the island through postcards. Many were hand-colored, making each an original work of art.

“Hand-colored postcards, most from more than a century ago, are often historic moments frozen in time,” Brechlin said. “They serve as launching points to discover the communities, people and ways of life of a bygone age.”

Brechlin, editor of the weekly Mount Desert Islander, will share images from Bar Harbor, Acadia, other MDI communities such as Northeast Harbor and Seal Harbor, and even some from other areas of Maine. Images include historic structures, modes of conveyance, clothing and even one documenting the folly of a visiting U.S. president on the golf course. How the postcard industry began and ways to tell what era a card is from just by its appearance will be touched upon.

Nearly all the cards are drawn from Brechlin’s personal collection of more than 2,200 vintage postcards of Mount Desert Island alone. He continues to add to the collection, exploring antique shops, auctions and online sources. “There are a lot in the collection, but I don’t have them all by any means,” he said.

Books will be available for purchase and signing following the talk. Along with an adventure guide to Maine, and hiking and paddling guides to Acadia National Park, Brechlin, a registered Maine guide, also is the author of four other books of casual history based on postcards.

“Forever Yours, Bar Harbor” was published in June by the Freeport-based Islandport Press, the region’s foremost publisher of Maine books. Visit

Call the library at 244-7065.


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