From Our Archives: September 1961
A Look Back at Down East Fifty-Two Years Ago
Cover by E. Higgins
North by East
Maine Scent Summer
An announcement that one of the country’s more exclusive merchandisers was offering men’s neckties tastefully perfumed with copper, leather, strawberry, and grape scents, has started us to thinking. Why not capitalize on native Maine scents? For the boating enthusiast? A shirt that has hung in a boat shop all summer. For the outdoorsman? Jackets impregnated with the scents of campfires and evergreens.
This summer the throats of 10,000 gulls were painted for purposes of regional identification. Brown for Maine and New Brunswick; red at the Isles of Shoals; green for Massachusetts’ North Shore; orange in Boston Harbor; black for Martha’s Vineyard; and blue at outer Cape Cod. Observers are urged to report the gaudy gulls to the Audubon Society of Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Letters to the editor
Do you think we could work away from the term “Maineiacs,” which isn’t an all-round nice word, and substitute “Mainesters,” short for “Maine-stayers”?
Mrs. Mercy H. Bailey, Brunswick, Maine
Russians in Maine
Few of Maine’s maritime visitors caused such local, national, and international interest and speculation as the Russian liner Cimbria, which dropped anchor in the port of Southwest Harbor one April morning in 1878. Before she left, five months later, she had helped to deepen a crisis that brought England and Russia to the verge of war. She had also given the Mount Desert area and the State of Maine a role in the story of Russian-American friendship that characterized the era.
September Angling . . . On the Moose River Bow
Some of the state’s wildest and most beautiful country lies due west of Jackman in Maine’s northwest corner, hard by the Canadian border. Through this wilderness meanders the Moose River, describing a huge, twisting arc about thirty-five miles long from the outlet of Holeb Pond, around the base of Attean Mountain, and into Attean Pond. This bow provides the course for one of the most scenic canoe trips in all of Maine.
Down East Homes
Beautiful classic Georgian home at Wiscasset. Ten rooms, impressive winding staircase, five fireplaces, three full bathrooms. Price: $35,000.