- Item 71787 - Aerial view of Squirrel Island, ca. 1938
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- Item 71787
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Squirrel Island, Maine is a summer resort colony off the coast of Boothbay Harbor. The origin of the name is said to be not related to its squirrel population but the shape of the island.Show Details
Though it had been inhabited before, in 1871 the Squirrel Island Association was formed as a summer colony.
Most land parcels, of which there are approximately 100, on Squirrel Island are leased from the Squirrel Island Association. Also, most of the cottages on Squirrel island were first built between the 1870s and 1920s, though, most of them have been remodeled and enlarged over the years.
Squirrel Island has no industry, and residents must vacate for the winter due to the above-ground plumbing which is drained to prevent freezing. The island receives telephone, electric and water utilities via undersea cables and pipes from the mainland.
Residents are not allowed vehicles and must walk on a network of paved sidewalks. A ferry boat (the Novelty) runs regular trips from Boothbay Harbor. Being a summer colony, the island is popular among young adults in search of a summer job, working at venues such as the local restaurant or the historical society, among others.
The Tichnor Brothers printing company published this type of postcard circa 1938 as part of their Maine series. These, and other postcards, by the Tichnor Brothers Company are officially known as the Tichnor Gloss Series because the photographs were notoriously retouched on such a level that does not allow the postcards to be classified as photographs or paintings. The caption reads, "Squirrel Island, Maine from the air."