"Memories of a Maine Island," is a gem. The island is Little Cranberry, also known as the Village of Islesford, and the photographs are from glass plates by Fred Morse, Marie Locke's great-grandfather. These pictures conjure an era filled with summer visitors and fishermen, and the easy-to-follow narrative based on Locke's interviews with "Gram" (Irene Morse Bartlett) tells the lively story of Fred Morse, a fish skinner who married the storekeeper's daughter and, after her premature death from tuberculosis, studied photography in Illinois. Morse eventually married a young Irish girl whom he had met on Islesford and returned to run the store himself, recording island life in painterly photos. The photographs depict a way of life once common on many Maine islands but also specific to this particular place with its in-your-face view of the entire range of mountains on Mount Desert. -- The Boston Globe, 12/13/98
Word, photos bring isles' past back to life.
Morse's photos are full of breezy sea-story scenery, a harbor full of schooners, and boys with toy boats and straw hats. The photos are composed as carefully as paintings by the great masters. Bartlett's words make "Memories" a story worth telling. Sharp, descriptive and funny, Marie's "Gram" doesn't just remember. She makes the past a place we can relate to, a place that was sometime silly, not always about survival. -- Bangor Daily News, June 6-7, 1998
From the Publisher
"I was very intrigued by the photographs, because they were turn-of-the-century and excellent quality, and by the firsthand information Marie had collected," said Pauleena MacDougal, associate director of the Maine Folklife Center. "The book becomes like a little museum, and exhibition in itself.