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Benajah Leonard Bugbee, seen here at Cape Porpoise Pier, was employed by the American Optical Company in 1905. He tried out their newly developed lens by taking pictures at Kennebunk Beach. The Webhannet Golf Club and The Atlantis Hotel were just a few years old. The train must have been quite a distraction for the golfers. The 31-years-young Mr. Bugbee drowned when his canoe encountered a strong whirlpool that upset it in the Quinabaug River in his hometown of Southbridge Massachusetts on November 9, 1907. Many thanks to Maria Harmon of Cape Porpoise for sharing her grandfather’s photographs with us. #kennebunkbeach

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