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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

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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Spinning room, Haskell Silk Company, Westbrook, 1907

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.


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Pepperell Manufacturing fire insurance map, 1929

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.


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Custom House, Portland, ca. 1910

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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Drapers Mill & Edes Building, Guilford, ca. 1940

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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Testing of New Steam Engine, Biddeford, 1909

McArthur Public Library

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Guilford Woolen Mill Finishing Room Crew, ca, 1890

Guilford, Maine - Early Manufacturing - Page 2 of 3

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