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"Boat Landing, E. Vassalboro, Me."
This view looks northwest from China Lake, showing the steamboat
wharf on the left, and the public boat landing at the extreme right.

This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1907 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)




 
"East Vassalboro, Me. Butterfield Store and Post Office."
This view shows the northeast of the "four corners."
Zachariah Butterfield built this store in 1867, and Ben Cates tore it down about 1965 or 1966.
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1907 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 
"China Lake, East Vassalboro, Me."
Steamboat "Frida" leaving its dock for a cruise.
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1907 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)




 
"China Lake, East Vassalboro, Me."
Steamboat "Frida" at its dock.
Estimated date is between 1907 and 1914.
(courtesy of Stanley Robbins)




 
"China Lake, East Vassalboro, Me."
Looking east across China Lake, from near the shore at East Vassalboro.
This specimen is postmarked 08 July 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)




 
"Citizens Hall, No. Vassalboro, Me."
(unmailed, undivided back, circa 1901-1907)
(Stephen Robbins collection)




 
"Cottages, E. Vassalboro, Me."
Cottages on the south shore of China Lake, before 1915 when the Kennebec
Water District bought most of this lake shore in the west basin.
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1907 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)




 
"East Vassalboro, Me."
This view (circa 1908 to 1913) looks north and shows the "four corners."
It also shows a trolley of the Lewiston, Augusta & Waterville Street Railway, which
operated through East Vassalboro from about July 1908 until its last trip on 31 July 1932.
Gerald Robbins watched the track removal on the Augusta to Waterville line,
from his grandparents' (Massé) home in Fall 1932.
This specimen postmarked 24 September 1913.
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 
"East Vassalboro, Me."
This view looks west from the "four corners" at East Vassalboro.
Note the trolley track along the left side of the road.
The East Vassalboro Methodist Church is seen at the extreme right side.
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1908 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 
"East Vassalboro, Me. Friends Meeting House."
This specimen is postmarked but the year is illegible
Estimated date is between 1907 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)





"From Riverside to Sidney."
The ferry across the Kennebec River from Riverside to Sidney, Maine.
This specimen is postmarked 23 December 1905.
(Original is at Vassalboro Historical Society; a copy is in Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"Grange Hall, East Vassalboro, Me."
Vassalboro Grange No. 322 organized in 1895, and built this building in 1910.
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1910 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"Gymnasium at Oak Grove Seminary, Vassalboro, Maine.
Dedicated January 1, 1909."

This specimen was postmarked in 1911.
(Stephen Robbins collection)

 



Alma P. Robbins wrote on the back:
"Hall's cottage at Webber Pond."
(Everett Hall from Augusta).
Across the bridge by the Dam. Papa [i.e., Ira Robbins] & I used to sell strawberries to the cottagers
-- often drove down after supper with a bushel crate."
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1904 and 1918.

(Stephen Robbins collection)



 


 
Two views of the former James Robbins farm.
Seven Mile Brook flows in almost a circle around this farm.
Alma P. Robbins' note on the back side of one card gives the year as 1912.
George and Carrie Low were living here in 1912,
and most recently it has been the home of Gerald and Phyllis Dore.
(Stephen Robbins collection)





Mr. Butterfield's steamboat "Frida" at its dock
on China Lake in East Vassalboro.
Postcard unmailed (divided back, circa 1907-1914)
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"Oak Grove Seminary."
This specimen is not postmarked but was mailed in an envelope
whose postmark impression is barely visible on the image: possibly June 1904?
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"Vassalboro, Maine. Chapel at Oak Grove Seminary."
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1907 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"Oak Grove Seminary, Vassalboro, Maine."
This specimen in postmarked 17 February 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)





"Old Dam House, on Outlet of lake, East Vassalboro, Me."
Message written from Lucy (Smiley) Robbins to her daughter Elsie Robbins.
Postmarked from Augusta, Maine, 04 October 1905, at 1:30 PM;
and postmarked as received at Salem, Massachusetts, same day at 9:30 PM !!
(Original is at Vassalboro Historical Society; a copy is in Stephen Robbins collection)





"East Vassalboro, Me. Old Saw and Grist Mills."
Louis Massé purchased both of these mills in 1912.
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is between 1907 and 1914.
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"On Seven Mile Brook."
This view (circa 1905) shows a bridge over Seven Mile Brook, near the former James Robbins farm. George and Carrie Low were living there in 1905, and most recently it has been the home of Gerald and Phyllis Dore.
This specimen is postmarked 18 December 1905.
(Original is at Vassalboro Historical Society; a copy is in Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"On Webber Pond."
Lucy A. (Smiley) Robbins' note: "This was taken from Randells Point."
This specimen is postmarked [14?] December 1905.
(Original is at Vassalboro Historical Society; a copy is in Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"R.R. Station, Riverside, Me."
This is the Maine Central Railroad station at Riverside.
This specimen is postmarked 20 December 1905.
(Stephen Robbins collection)



 
 
Sawmill near the outlet of Webber Pond.
Alma P. Robbins wrote: "Colman's sawmill at the foot of the pond was taken over by Albert Foster before the turn of the century [i.e., before 1900] and operated by him well into the 1900's. It is now [1971] a ruin."
[History of Vassalborough, Maine ([Lewiston, Maine : Twin Cities Printery], 1971), page 58]
This specimen is postmarked 28 December 1912.
(Stephen Robbins collection)




 
"East Vassalboro, Me. School House."
This building was used as a school until (about 1922?) when the newer
East Vassalboro Grammar School was built to replace it.
This specimen is postmarked 23 August 1911.
(Stephen Robbins collection)





"School House, Riverside, Me."
This specimen is dated 16 December 1905.
(Copy in Stephen Robbins collection)

 



Lucy A. (Smiley) Robbins' note:
"On the shore of Webber lake. 1906."

(Original is at Vassalboro Historical Society; a copy is in Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"East Vassalboro, Me. Shore on China Lake."
This view looks south from the public boat landing at East Vassalboro.
This specimen is postmarked 12 August 1909.

(Stephen Robbins collection)





This view shows a Lewiston, Augusta & Waterville Street Railway trestle
over Seven Mile Brook, near the former James Robbins farm.
This specimen is not postmarked. Estimated date is about 1912.

(Stephen Robbins collection)




"The Brook, East Vassalboro, Me."
This view (estimated date between 1907 and 1914) is from near the Friends Cemetery, looking toward the west-northwest across Outlet Stream. Notice logs in the foreground.
This specimen not postmarked.

(Stephen Robbins collection)





"The Kennebec at Riverside."
This specimen is postmarked 25 January 1906.
(Original is at Vassalboro Historical Society; a copy is in Stephen Robbins collection)



 

"Vassalboro, Maine. A View of the Kennebec, near Oak Grove Seminary."
This specimen is postmarked 15 September 1909.

(Stephen Robbins collection)





"View on Webber Pond, Riverside, Maine."
This specimen is dated 25 July 1907.
(Copy in Stephen Robbins collection)




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