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Contributed by: Norway Historical Society
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Media: Oil on linen
The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, an organization formed to promote and support skilled craftsmen, celebrated civic pride and members' trades with a parade through Portland on Oct. 8, 1841 at which they displayed 17 painted linen banners with graphic and textual representations of the artisans' skills.
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… Library Biddeford remained home to skilled craftsmen and the boating trade, although on a smaller scale.
When not building ships, craftsmen became architects and house builders, evidenced by the many architectural details used in ship construction.
There also were numerous craftsmen who built the necessary provisions needed to survive on this isolated island far from Boston and the major cities…