Three Forgotten Women Photographers Brought to Light

Earl G. Shettleworth, photo by Joe Phelan/Kennebec-Journal

Earl G. Shettleworth, photo by Joe Phelan/Kennebec-Journal

Between 1900 and 1940 many Maine photographers made “real photo” post cards of local scenes and events. At a time when most professional photographers were men, three women largely forgotten today created memorable artistic images which provide rich insights into how Maine people lived and worked in inland towns and coastal villages a century ago.  In his illustrated lecture The Land and Sea of Three Maine Women Photographers: The Real Photo Post Cards of Thurza Foss, Minnie Libby, and Josephine Townsend, Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., explores the beautiful photography of Thurza Foss (1860-1937) of Harmony, Minnie Libby (1863-1947) of Norway, and Josephine Townsend (1900-1981) of Monhegan.

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. is Maine State Historian and Director and State Historic Preservation Officer of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.  The Land and Sea of Three Maine Women Photographers: The Real Photo Post Cards of Thurza Foss, Minnie Libby, and Josephine Townsend is Thursday, June 18, 7:00 pm in Penobscot Marine Museum’s Douglas and Margaret Carver Memorial Art Gallery, 11 Church Street, Searsport, Maine.  Tickets are $8; $5 for Searsport residents and Penobscot Marine Museum members.  For tickets click here or call 207-548-2529 or 207-548-0334.