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Item 15635

Barn Loom, Durham, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Durham Historical Society

Date: circa 1860

Location: Durham

Media: wood and metal

Item 18195

Attic loom, North Sebago, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Sebago Historical Society

Date: circa 1850

Location: Sebago

Media: Wood

Item 102044

Loom Picker Company order, Biddeford, 1896

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library

Date: 1896-02-11

Location: Biddeford; Saco

Media: Postcard

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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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One-piece pink faille dress, York, ca. 1835

The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

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Loom Picker Company, Biddeford, ca. 1873

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

Charles A. Shaw Loom Picker Company, Biddeford, ca. 1873 Item 31800 infoBiddeford Historical Society Although best known for his sewing…

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Tarr farm, Castle Hill, ca. 1910

Haystack Historical Society

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Wilder Oilcloth Factory, Hallowell, ca. 1895

Historic Hallowell - Industry and Immigrants-A Changing Community

… initially relied on ships to carry cotton to its looms and coal to its steam plant, but soon switched to rail.

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Co-founding Halcyon Yarn and learning to weave

by Hector Jaeger

Moving to Maine, Halcyon Yarn, and rediscovering the joy of weaving


Tapestry, Seine Twine and Burlesque

by Barbara Burns

My work as a tapestry artist and dancer in Maine.