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Since the development of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, the camera has been used as a tool of both discovery and preservation. Photographs bring alive our picture of the past and can open a floodgate of memories and nostalgia or inspire curiosity and a sense of history. Jeffrey Scully has delved into numerous private collections, family albums, and the archives of the McArthur Library to create a fascinating visual history of Saco, Maine. From the shores of Saco Bay to the banks of Goosefare Brook; from high upon York Hill to the downtown bustle of Pepperell Square and Main Street, the people, places, and events of the century of change between 1850 and 1950 are chronicled for posterity.
Including many rare and previously unpublished photographs, this volume breathes life back into Saco’s ancestors and shines light on the early days of photography. It is a wonderful tribute to the people who worked and played here, and to photographers like Charles E. Moody who froze images so that we might better understand our history. Jeffrey Scully has created a journey into the past that will be enjoyed by historian and resident alike.