Vacationing in Maine C. 1965

With new interstate highways and cheap motels, towns such as Old Orchard Beach became quick and affordable getaways for middle-class families from New England and New York.

These staged tourism photos capture some of what southern Maine had to offer, from pristine lakes and beaches to reasonably clean motel rooms.

Vacationers on Lake Cobbosseecontee near Litchfield. IMAGE: ALADDIN COLOR INC/GETTY IMAGES

Vacationers on Lake Cobbosseecontee near Litchfield.
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Guests relax around the swimming pool at the Mt. Royal Motel in Old Orchard Beach.

Guests relax around the swimming pool at the Mt. Royal Motel in Old Orchard Beach.
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Vacationers at Paul's Cabins resort in Old Orchard Beach. IMAGE: ALADDIN COLOR INC/GETTY IMAGES

Vacationers at Paul’s Cabins resort in Old Orchard Beach.
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Swimmers at Lake Cobbosseecontee near Litchfield. IMAGE: ALADDIN COLOR INC/GETTY IMAGES

Swimmers at Lake Cobbosseecontee near Litchfield.
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