Down East January 1992

January 1992

The table of contents from the January 1992 issue of Down East.


Those Glorious 1890s – Maine’s Golden Decade

One hundred years ago Maine moved majestically into a period of unprecedented prominence and prosperity. This 1992 Annual issue of Down East examines some of the people, places, and events that characterized the giddy and gilded decade. Special issue editor: Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Maine’s Golden Decade

In the final decade of the last century, the State of Maine had risen to a position of power and eminence never equaled before — or since. By Wayne Curtis.

Leisure in the Grand Tradition

Genteel guests flocked to the Poland Spring House a hundred years ago to try the miraculous mineral water — and a new sport called golf. By Jeff Clark.

The Lady — and the Painter

The lady was a poet on Appledore Island and the painter was Childe Hassam. Together they crafted an ode to an era. By William David Barry.

Notables of the Nineties

From Presidential aspirants to prolific inventors, strong personalities lit up Maine’s Golden Decade. By Ellen MacDonald Ward.

Bertie Vamps Bar Harbor

For a young heiress from Albany, the summer of ’92 was a time of discovery, and the uninhibited world of Bar Harbor was the place to be. By Nan Lincoln.

Chisholm’s ‘Folly’

Overnight a sharp tycoon turned the sleepy hamlet of Rumford into a brawling industrial center. By Jason Stone.


Room With a View

Custom and time alike had prescribed a washtub by the kitchen stove; and time and custom in the nineties were not lightly set aside. By Mary Ellen Chase.

The Maine Viewpoint

Prohibition in Portland

Along the Waterfront

Yachting Farmers

Outdoor Maine

Spare that Fish!

Cover: The fabled Poland Spring House became so popular with well-heeled vacationers in the nineties that it was continually enlarged and remodeled to accommodate the growing clientele. This computer-enhanced photograph shows the grand hotel at the height of its popularity, after yet another expansive renovation  in 1903. Photograph courtesy of Maine Historic Preservation Commission.