Earl Brechlin will talk about his antique postcard book at the Jesup Memorial Library on July 8. ISLANDER FILE PHOTO

Book shows postcards from another time



BAR HARBOR — Author and journalist Earl Brechlin will be at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, July 8, at 7 p.m. to talk about and sign copies of “Forever Yours, Bar Harbor,” his book about postcards from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Antique postcards once were collected and treasured, kept as mementos and displayed for guests. Those featured in this book highlight the golden age of Acadia, Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor, when the Rockefellers strolled the streets and carriage roads actually were used for carriages. Alongside the images, Brechlin provides information about the scenes, recounts Maine lore and talks about how modern Mount Desert Island compares to then.

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.” For more than 35 years, Brechlin has been exploring the Maine wilderness, taking photographs and gathering material for his articles and books. He is the author of four Maine and New England history books based on antique postcards, as well as field guides to Maine and Mount Desert Island. The editor of the Islander, he knows the forests and mountains of his beloved island well. His photographs and articles have appeared in “Newsweek,” The New York Times, “Down East Magazine,” “The Maine Sportsman,” and in various Appalachian Mountain Club books and magazines. He lives on MDI, surrounded by the wilds of Acadia National Park, with his wife and travel companion, Roxie.

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the Jesup. Sherman’s and Machias Savings Bank are co-sponsors of this event.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or kchagnon@jesuplibrary.org.