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Historical Items

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Item 74770

'Maine Produces' button, ca. 1980

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1980 Media: Metal, celluloid

Item 6795

Frisbie block, Houlton, Maine

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Houlton Media: Photoprint

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Street scene, Monument Square, Portland, ca. 1924

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1924 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative


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Portland Hotels

Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.


Taber Wagon

The Taber farm wagon was an innovative design that was popular on New England farms. It made lifting potato barrels onto a wagon easier and made more efficient use of the horse's work. These images glimpse the life work of its inventor, Silas W. Taber of Houlton, and the place of his invention in the farming community


"We are growing to be somewhat cosmopolitan..." Waterville, 1911

Between 1870 and 1911, Waterville more than doubled in size, becoming a center of manufacturing, transportation, and the retail trade and offering a variety of entertainments for its residents.

Site Pages

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Guilford, Maine - BUSINESSES - Page 2 of 3

… also went to auctions in Exeter and Corinna and local farmers supplied them with beef. Lorin Herring turned over his half of Herring Brothers to…

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Businesses and Cottage Industries

… particularly during winter months prompted some local entrepreneurs to launch business ventures, which were helpful for survival and personal…

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Maine's Swedish Colony, July 23, 1870 - Eureka Hall, Stockholm

It is a popular place for the local people to eat, and many people in the winter come up and end up eating there.

My Maine Stories

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The best lobster roll in Maine!
by Debbie Gagnon

The history of Red's Eats and the recipe for our famous Lobster Rolls


A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.


making light
by David Johansen

My relationship with Maine and how and why I make neon lights here.