- City: York
- State: Maine
- Country: United States
- Source: Bodin Collection
- Approx. Date: 1912
- Photographer: Unknown
Deciding to create an amusing portrait, a young boy and his mother pose next to a prominent anvil-shaped rock along the waters of York, Maine. Its unusual shape allows it to be the perfect prop for a unique photograph: the mother sits against the left side of the rock as she peeks out from behind, and her son playfully props himself sideways along the top of the rock with a giddy, mischevious smile spread across his face. Iit's a wonder how he even got up there!This family photograph captures not only the timeless coastal beauty of New England, but also a sense of humorous joy.
Construction of the Nubble Lighthouse began in 1874 when citizens petitioned to have a lighthouse to guide sailors through the hazardous coasts of Maine. Their request was granted, and President Rutherford B. Hayes granted $15,000 to be used towards the construction of the lighthouse. The United States Coast Guard was originally tasked with keeping watch of the lighthouse in 1939. However, as funds drew short over time and technology developed, Nubble Lighthouse became automated in 1987 and no longer required the care of the coast guards. As of December 18, 1997, the property is currently under the care of the town of York, Maine.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.