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Mystery Corner Item

Item 74440

Human-powered generator, ca. 1975

Mystery Corner Item Can you tell us who this is?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1975 Media: Photographic print

Item 74752

John B. Vigue, 1949

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1949 Media: Photographic print

Mystery Corner Item

Item 74753

Electric linemen on pole, 1930

Mystery Corner Item Do you know these electrical pole climbers?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1930 Media: Photographic print


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Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.


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.


A Riot of Words: Ballads, Posters, Proclamations and Broadsides

Imagine a day 150 years ago. Looking down a side street, you see the buildings are covered with posters and signs.

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Surry by the Bay - Sawmills of Cunningham Ridge

Maine Register, State Year-book and Legislative Manual. No. 34 - June 1903 (copyright 1903) The City of Ellsworth Register, with Surry and Blue Hill…

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Eastern Maine Medical Center

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