The Face Of Maine

A remarkable group of photographs preserves the memory of a vigorous rural people—and a quite vanished world

It used to be, in the not-so-long-ago, that the faces of Americans were richly varied. At a glance, farmers could be distinguished from city folk, mountaineers from plainsmen, easterners from westerners. Something—the gradual assimilation of the immigrants, the quickening flight from countryside to city, standardization of dress, the ubiquity of television—has changed all that. In appearance we are becoming, like the morning milk, homogenized.

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