Flashback: Cecilia Ridge, of Moody Street, Portland, in May 1949

Gardner Roberts/Staff Photographer, courtesy of Portland Public Library Special Collections and Archives

This photograph, which ran on the front page of the May 4, 1949, Portland Press Herald, captures Cecilia A. Ridge, a resident of Moody Street, checking the weather outside the Porteous, Mitchell and Braun department store in downtown Portland.

Alexandra Kuehne, Portland

Whitney Hayward/Staff Photographer

In a similar scene from 2015, Alexandra Kuehne walks down Congress Street on another rainy spring day, June 1.

The Portland Room of the Portland Public Library is in the process of organizing and conserving the archival collection of original Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Evening Express photographic negatives — a major collection that spans from 1937 to 2005. Find more photos at www.pressherald.com/flashback/.