Since the development of photography in the midnineteenth century, the camera has been used as a tool of both discovery and preservation. Photographs bring alive our image of the past, and can open a floodgate of memories and stalgia or inspire curiosity and a sense of history. The Casco Bay Islands have long been one of Maine s most treasured hideaway places. Connected to Portland and the mainland only by ferry, a trip to the islands is a trip into ather world. Fairy-tale Victorian cottages are surrounded by beautiful beaches, boats, and an atmosphere of tranquility. Their separation from the outside world has allowed the islands to preserve their unique identities and rich sense of history in the face of twentieth-century changes.