I've always been a massive history geek.  And while I'll read (or watch documentaries) about any time period, the turn of the last century has always fascinated me.  I'm talking about the time period from 1875 to about 1915.  Why that time period?  Because in the span of a few decades, technology changed so much!

People went from relying on sunlight and moonlight to using gas (or oil) lamps, then using electric lights.  We went from traveling on wagons to traveling on trains, driving cars, and flying.  People went from communicating through telegraph to using the the phone.

Also, it's wild to see how much life has changed since then.  For example, back in the early-to-mid-20th century, Augusta was home to dozens of neighborhood grocery stores.  Supposedly, there were 60 of these grocers spread across the city at one point.  Back then, before we drove everywhere, it made sense.  Now that everyone has a vehicle, having a few big grocery stores makes more sense.

Many of the following photographs are from postcards that came from the Augusta edition of a series of history books of postcards.  You can find out more about the book (and author Roger Madore) on his Facebook page.

This video has even more amazing pictures showing what Maine's Capital City was like around the turn of the last century.

Google Maps Pics Show Us How Much Augusta Has Changed In The Last Two Decades

These photos show how Augusta has changed in the last two decades. Do you remember shopping, doing business, eating, or drinking at some of these now gone businesses?

Please note that some of these address may have changed.

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