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Item 1204

Columbia Market, Portland, 1951

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1951

Location: Portland

Media: Photographic print

Item 26400

Hurricane Damage, Thomaston, 1950s

Contributed by: An individual through Thomaston Historical Society

Date: circa 1954

Location: Thomaston

Media: Photographic print

Item 17445

Oxford and Franklin streets, Portland, ca. 1950s

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1950

Location: Portland

Media: Photographic print

Exhibits Showing 3 of 28 View All


Riding the Old Blue chairlift at Pleasant Mountain

Skiing Pleasant Mountain

By the second half of the 20th century, skiing began to enjoy unprecedented popularity. Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton (later Shawnee Peak) was Maine's foremost place to join the fun in the 1950s and 1960s.


Civil Defense Week End poster, 1958

Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.


10 Bodwell Street, Sanford, ca 1900

Farm-yard Frames

Throughout New England, barns attached to houses are fairly common. Why were the buildings connected? What did farmers or families gain by doing this? The phenomenon was captured in the words of a children's song, "Big house, little house, back house, barn," (Thomas C. Hubka Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, the Connected Farm Buildings of New England, University Press of New England, 1984.)

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Christmas decorations, Presque Isle, ca. 1950

Presque Isle: The Star City - Christmas decorations, Presque Isle, ca. 1950

… The photograph was taken in December in the early 1950s with both the Presque Isle Police and Fire stations decorated.

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Evelyn Jenkins, Lincoln Memorial Library, ca. 1954

Lincoln, Maine - Evelyn Jenkins, Lincoln Memorial Library, ca. 1954

… entertaining a group of schoolchildren from Enfield in the 1950s. View additional information about this item on the Maine Memory Network.

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Dane Cottage in Seal Harbor

Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Bryant-Rockefeller

David purchased the property during the 1950s when his father, John D. Rockefeller, began to dismantle his own property in Seal Harbor.

My Maine Stories Showing 3 of 6 View All


Aroostook Potato Harvest: Perspective of a Six Year Old

by Phyllis A. Blackstone

A child's memory of potato harvest in the 1950s


Growing up on a potato and dairy farm

by Paula Woodworth

Life growing up and working on a potato and dairy farm was hard work but fun in Aroostook County.


How I broke the mold for women to serve in the military

by Mary D. McGuirk

My life and career as a USAF Nurse