From Our Archives: October 1976
A Look Back at Down East Thirty-Six Years Ago
North By East
Elroy Was Here
The people of Bailey Island are determined to have a bronze copy of “The Maine Lobsterman,” the statue displayed at New York’s World Fair for which one of their own, the late Captain Elroy Johnson, posed back in 1939. The Bailey Island bronze will be the third and last replica.
Singed Beards at Sanford
The Sanford Fire Commission ruled early this summer that all firemen’s faces must be cleanshaven at all points of contact with the seal of their face masks. The commission sent letters to the four whiskered members to either shave or resign.
Seagoing Color Chart
Modern-day yachtsmen with their yachts of azure and indigo pooh-pooh the old saying that “You paint boats white; you paint tipcarts and wheelbarrows blue.” The common sense of those superstitious old salts was borne out as the Coast Guard warned against a blue-painted hull, saying the color choice could be the difference between life and death.
Down East Homes
This 1800s Colonial in historic York is richly renovated for both formal and leisure living. Two acres of manicured lawns and romantic gardens. Ten rooms, four fireplaces, 4 ½ baths, and seconds to the water. $175,000.
Down East Bookshelf
The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, published by David DeLorme and Company of Yarmouth, Maine.
Along with large-scale maps of the entire state, this handy reference contains a good deal of useful information on canoeing, hiking, fishing, skiing, and other outdoor activities. Your chance to buy or sell antique books, collectors’ items, boats, unique autos, etc.
Down East Trader
4 Chinese Brass Gongs with black mallet. $18
Early Moxie Bottle, made in New Hampshire. $35.
Fire Truck, 1941 Buffalo 500-gallon pumper. $650.
Ship’s Lantern, made in 1851, never used. $135.
In addition to the Portland Observatory and the blockhouse, Maine today has twelve inhabitable octagonal structures. While the so-called “octagonal fad” was relatively short-lived, it happily left on the Maine landscape a scattering of buildings whose architectural oddity has a continuing fascination for house-watchers.
An Old Scottish Breed in Rockport
For hundreds of years Belted Galloway cattle have roamed the cold, hilly seacoasts of Kirkcudbrightshire, Dumfriesshire, and Wigtownshire in Scotland’s southwest Galloway. Now, the oldest, purebred, registered Belties on the North American continent live on the green pastures of Aldermere Farm in Rockport, Maine. Hornless, hardy, adaptable, with rich milk and top-grade beef, these are the qualities that best describe the Belted Galloways.