BEST BEST SOURCE FOR FATHER'S DAY PRESENTS
Maine Historical Society's Vintage Maine Images website
Developed as a way to increase revenue for Maine's historical societies, libraries, archives, and museums, the Vintage Maine Images website is a great gift resource for the history buffs in your life. Featuring more than 11,000 high-resolution historical images - mostly photos, but also maps, letters, and more - VMI sells digital files and archival photographic prints on high-quality paper, perfect for framing. If your fathers are anything like ours - obsessed with all things old - this is a gold mine. A baseball fanatic will appreciate the photo of Bud 'Hard' Knox, catcher for Portland's professional minor-league team in 1927; a politics enthusiast will delight over a sepia-toned print of President Theodore Roosevelt visiting Portland in 1902. For my father, who devours anything Civil War-related, I'd choose a broadside aimed at Scarborough residents, encouraging the 'Sons of Maine' to join the 12th Maine Regiment in the fall of 1861: 'To Arms! Citizens! Our Country Calls! . . . Now is the Time!' Prices ranging from $15 to $40 and an easy-to-use online ordering system make it simple to bestow a slice of our state's history.