Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
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.
… later Governor of Massachusetts, was made a Freemason in London. In 1762, the first lodge was granted permission to convene in Falmouth, but the…
… American Legion, Order of the Eastern Star, Freemasons, and Knights of Pythias. With a decline of industry and jobs, the population supports only a…