Swim Beach, circa 1900
8″x10″ photo print
This image of Swim Beach circa 1900 shows the dilapidated Josiah Starling fish house in the foreground surrounded by dories, lobster traps and fishing gear. The Pink House that was later transformed into the Island Inn is visible in the left side of the photograph and Solomon Genthner House (now Tribler Cottage) can be seen on the right side.
The poor state of this building illustrates how the economy of Monhegan began to change at the turn of the twentieth century as many families moved to Peaks and House Island in Casco Bay to be closer to the market where they sold their fish. Monhegan shifted from being solely a fishing community and tourism became a prominent industry in the island.
Thank you for supporting the Monhegan Museum with your purchase of this archival photographic print. This image is printed with an Epson Stylus Photo R2880 with Ultrachrome K3 archival inks on Moab Entrada 100% cotton rag paper.
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