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Great Spruce Head Island
is a privately owned island in Penobscot Bay
Penobscot Bay originates from the mouth of Maine's Penobscot River. There are many islands in this bay, and on them, some of the country's most well-known summer colonies. The bay served as portal for the one time "lumber capital of the world," namely; the city of Bangor...
Maine is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, New Hampshire to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is both the northernmost and easternmost...
. It has long belonged to the family of the painter Fairfield Porter
Fairfield Porter was an American painter and art critic. He was the brother of photographer Eliot Porter and the brother-in-law of federal Reclamation Commissioner Michael W. Straus....
and his brother, photographer Eliot Porter
Eliot Furness Porter was an American photographer best known for his color photographs of nature.-Early life:...
, both of whom did creative work there. For example, Eliot's book Summer Island
(1966) is a visual tribute to the island.
The Porters' brother-in-law Michael W. Straus
Michael Wolf Straus was the Commissioner of the United States Bureau of Reclamation from 1945 until 1953.-Biography:Straus was born in Chicago in 1897. He pursued a career as a newspaperman, serving as managing editor of the Chicago Evening Post and rising to the position of Washington, D.C....
also summered here.