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American Idyll: 1910

American Idyll: 1910

Kittery, Maine, circa 1910. "Government Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Looks the same

I can't swear to it but this sure looks like the house on the house on the right as it is today.

Wheel slip

Ascending that grade when the Autumn leaves were upon the rails must have been quite a challenge for the motorman.

Whoa! Brakes!

The pole with the white stripe at the bottom of that steep downgrade is a trolley stop. I wonder how often the trolley actually stopped without over-running the mark. Nothing like metal wheels on a wet rail for traction (Not!)

My grandfather was a

My grandfather was a motorman on the old P.D.&Y (Portsmouth, Dover and York RR.)Which went through Elliot and Kittery, ME. He told many stories of hitting cars coming out of the driveways. Speed on the line was only 10 mph,as the track was quite rough along main street and what is now Rt. 236, so the damage was minimal. His name was Albert Brisard, lived in South Berwick, Me, right on Central St. across from the Boston and Maine RR station.(long gone years ago) He loved his job. This picture would have been taken about the time he was 25. I grew up in South Berwick,Me, just a few miles west of here in the same house he lived in. That house is now Village Motors Used cars.

Cornish Cook?

Can anyone make out the sign tacked to the tree in the yard on the right? "Cornish Cook"??

Derailments Anyone?

I just don't see how they could maintain the integrity of the trolley tracks running on what appears to be a dirt road. I wonder how fast they went?

Kittery, ME on Gogle Maps

I found it! The house is still there.

Set up time

There must have been considerable time in setting up for a shot. You can see people posing all the way down the street.

Also, light-rail to your doorstep. Literally!

Watch your step

It must have been a real adventure trying to get out of the driveway without a mishap, having the Interurban track practically on the front porch steps. Hopefully the motorman heeded to "Slow" sign posted on the trolley pole.


Trolley's gonna pass at the foot of my front steps? Ayup, that's fine. Jest make sure the driver slows down a bit, and waves to the kids when they're settin' in the glider.

Talk about convenient

A trolly to pick one up literally at your doorstep. Might rattle some dishes off the wall though.

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