Contributed by Maine Historical Society
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A lottery sign, made by an unidentified artist, belonged to Major William Francis who operated a lottery business on Union Street in Portland from about 1810 to 1830. He advertised his location as "Fortune's temple."
Lotteries were a common way to raise money for private efforts to build bridges, canals and roadways.
About This Item
- Title: Lottery sign, Portland, ca. 1820
- Creation Date: circa 1820
- Subject Date: circa 1820
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Paint and wood
- Local Code: A86-849
- Object Type: Physical Object
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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