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Hollyday photo exhibition opens in St. Michaels February 16


H. Robins “Bob” Hollyday (1898-1981), photographed Eastern Shore people and places from land, water, and air through much of the 20th century, and now his work is being featured in a new temporary exhibition in St. Michaels, Md.

With photographs drawn from the Hollyday collection of Easton’s Talbot Historical Society, Maritime Talbot County: Photographs by H. Robins Hollyday opens to the general public on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium and continues through October 16, 2016.

Beginning in 1929, Hollyday teamed with Talbot County’s most well-known aviator, Malcom Hathaway, to capture aerial views of the county. Hollyday would hang out of the open cockpit plane with a large, cumbersome camera to take his photographs. He photographed properties from the air for the area’s realtors, captured events for local businesses and society, and documented the region’s culture.

“Hollyday’s photographs reflect a distinct sense of place, and in Talbot County, which claims 600 miles of shoreline, that character is closely intertwined with the water,” says CBMM Chief Curator Pete Lesher. “In these images, Hollyday documented the area’s waterborne transportation and recreation, waterside industry, and fisheries.”

“We’re very pleased to be working with the historical society on this project,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “While Hollyday’s work is focused on Talbot County, it is an excellent representation of the entire Chesapeake region for many to appreciate and enjoy.”

The museum is open daily throughout the exhibition dates and is free for CBMM members and on weekdays in February, or with general museum admission.

For more information, visit or call 410-745-2916.


The ferry Governor Emerson C. Harrington II departing Claiborne, an important terminal for cross-bay ferries in the 20th century. Before the Chesapeake Bay Bridge opened in 1952, a system of ferries carried people, goods, and vehicles daily, connecting Annapolis to Claiborne, and later Sandy Point to Kent Island, with a shorter crossing from Romancoke on Kent Island to Claiborne. Emerson C. Harrington II served this shorter crossing. Photograph by H. Robins Hollyday, c. 1948, collection of Talbot Historical Society. This image and others by H. Robins Hollyday will be displayed in a new special exhibition, Maritime Talbot County at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. beginning February 16, 2016 and continuing through October 16, 2016. For more information, visit