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Item 9537

Letter from Clark Stanley to C.C. Woolcot about bobbins

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1829-03-22 Location: Waterville; Somersworth Media: Ink on paper

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Item 36054

Textile bobbin stripping machine, Biddeford, ca. 1960

Contributed by: Biddeford Historical Society Date: circa 1960 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 29115

Shuttle, bobbin and cop skewer from Draper textile equipment catalog, 1901

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1901 Location: Hopedale Media: ink on paper

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Silk Manufacturing in Westbrook

Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.


Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.


Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

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Guilford, Maine - Early Manufacturing - Page 3 of 3

… Mill, a modern sawmill designed to manufacture bobbins for use in the textile industry as noted in the textile business history above.

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McArthur Public Library

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Guilford, Maine - Early Manufacturing - Page 2 of 3

… installed sawmill equipment and manufactured bobbins for use in the textile industry on the spinning frames.