A bearded man armed with an ax, rifle, hunting knife and two pistols, in the Maine woods. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride, Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has a wealth of old photos taken of men in Maine, many of which come from the Farm Security Administration. The men’s beards, poses and attitudes (and their hats and boots) are striking — and, shall we say, lend a bit of perspective to today’s hipster style. Here’s where that sense of Maine authenticity comes from.

Do you have old photos you’d like to share? Email them to erhoda@bangordailynews.com.

A bearded man armed with an ax, rifle, hunting knife and two pistols, in the Maine woods.
A bearded man armed with an ax, rifle, hunting knife and two pistols, in the Maine woods in 1886. Photo by Joseph John Kirkbride. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride, Library of Congress
This 1943 photo from the spring pulpwood drive on the Brown Company timber holdings in Maine shows a woodsman drinking from a tin bowl. It may be filled with coffee, strong tea, milk or water at mid-morning or mid-afternoon lunch by the side of the road near where the men are working
This 1943 photo from the spring pulpwood drive on the Brown Company timber holdings in Maine shows a woodsman drinking from a tin bowl. It may be filled with coffee, strong tea, milk or water at mid-morning or mid-afternoon lunch by the side of the road near where the men are working. Photo by John Collier. Credit: John Collier, Library of Congress
A hunter (called a nimrod) named W.S. Robinson in the woods of Maine sometime between 1884 and 1891.
A hunter (called a nimrod) named W.S. Robinson in the woods of Maine sometime between 1884 and 1891. Photo by Joseph John Kirkbride. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride, Library of Congress
A man in an animal-skinned sleeping bag on a camping trip in 1888.
A man in an animal-skin sleeping bag on a camping trip in 1888. Photo by John Joseph Kirkbride. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride, Library of Congress
Three men pose in front of tent, one holding an ax, another holding a rifle, and the third pouring a drink, at Norcross Brook in August 1886.
Three men pose in front of tent, one holding an ax, another holding a rifle, and the third pouring a drink, at Norcross Brook in August 1886. Photo by John Joseph Kirkbride. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride, Library of Congress
Dr. Newton M. Shaffer, on path to North Bay of Moosehead Lake, carrying a fly rod. The photo was taken between 1884 and 1891.
Dr. Newton M. Shaffer, on path to North Bay of Moosehead Lake, carrying a fly rod, sometime between 1884 and 1891. Photo by John Joseph Kirkbride. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride, Library of Congress
Two men and a woman near tents in camp on Lobster Lake on September 3, 1885.
Two men and a woman near tents in camp on Lobster Lake on September 3, 1885. Photo by John Joseph Kirkbride. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride
Judge Ingersoll sits on a rock at the edge of Moosehead Lake, fly fishing, circa 1886.
Judge Ingersoll sits on a rock at the edge of Moosehead Lake, fly fishing, circa 1886. Photo by John Joseph Kirkbride. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride, Library of Congress
Snowshoeing by Mount Kineo on Moosehead Lake in 1889.
Snowshoeing by Mount Kineo on Moosehead Lake in 1889. Photo by John Joseph Kirkbride. Credit: Joseph John Kirkbride, Library of Congress
Woodsmen serve themselves plenty of beans at mid-morning lunch near where they are working. One is planning to eat three thick slices of bread at least six inches square baked by the camp cook. Photo taken in 1943.
Woodsmen serve themselves plenty of beans at mid-morning lunch near where they are working in this 1943 photo. One is planning to eat three thick slices of bread at least six inches square baked by the camp cook. Photo by John Collier. Credit: John Collier, Library of Congress
A shipyard worker gets a beer at a bar just outside Bath Iron Works in 1940.
A shipyard worker gets a beer at a bar just outside Bath Iron Works in 1940. Photo by Jack Delano. Credit: Jack Delano, Library of Congress
A portrait taken in Bangor between 1860 and 1870.
A portrait taken in Bangor between 1860 and 1870. Photo by Charles L. Marston. Credit: Charles L. Marston, Library of Congress
Henry Cunningham and his father, who operate their farm on a FSA (Farm Security Administration) loan in the Caribou vicinity. Photo taken in August 1942.
Henry Cunningham and his father, who operate their farm on a Farm Security Administration loan in the Caribou vicinity, in August 1942. Photo by John Collier. Credit: John Collier, Library of Congress
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Erin Rhoda

Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, a team that conducts journalism investigations and projects at the Bangor Daily News. She also writes for the newspaper, often centering her work on domestic and...