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Contributed by: Mantor Library at UMF
Media: ink on paper
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1920
Media: Photographic print
Post office clerks began collecting strong red, white, and blue string, rolling it onto a ball and passing it on to the next post office to express their support for the Union effort in the Civil War. Accompanying the ball was this paper scroll on which the clerks wrote messages and sometimes drew images.
The story of the capture of the British ship Margaretta by a group of Patriots in Machias on June 12, 1755 has taken on legendary proportions, some of them deserved, some exaggerated to improve the story and to move Machias more toward the center of the Revolutionary War narrative.
In Maine, like many other states, a newly formed Ku Klux Klan organization began recruiting members in the years just before the United States entered World War I. A message of patriotism and cautions about immigrants and non-Protestants drew many thousands of members into the secret organization in the early 1920s. By the end of the decade, the group was largely gone from Maine.