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Contributed by: Durham Historical Society
Date: circa 1860
Media: wood and metal
Contributed by: Sebago Historical Society
Date: circa 1850
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.
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.
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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Charles A. Shaw Loom Picker Company, Biddeford, ca. 1873 Item 31800 infoBiddeford Historical Society Although best known for his sewing…
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… initially relied on ships to carry cotton to its looms and coal to its steam plant, but soon switched to rail.