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Historical Items

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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


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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: 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.


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 <em>Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn, the Connected Farm Buildings of New England,</em> University Press of New England, 1984.)

Site Pages

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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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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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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

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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.


Peter Spanos fled the genocide in Turkey to Maine
by anonymous

Peter Spanos fled the Greek genocide in Smyrna in 1922, coming to Maine to work as a fruit peddler