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Item 11350

Thumb back fancy painted arm chair, Portland, ca. 1830

Contributed by: Museums of Old York Date: circa 1830 Location: York; St. Albans; Portland Media: Maple, ash and birch primary woods

Item 20870

I. D. Cushman store, Portland, ca. 1885

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1885 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 78859

Tuscan Opera House Dance Program, Dixfield, February 4, 1926

Contributed by: Dixfield Historical Society Date: 1926 Location: Dixfield Media: Ink on paper

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A City Awakes: Arts and Artisans of Early 19th Century Portland

Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.


A Celebration of Skilled Artisans

The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, an organization formed to promote and support skilled craftsmen, celebrated civic pride and members' trades with a parade through Portland on Oct. 8, 1841 at which they displayed 17 painted linen banners with graphic and textual representations of the artisans' skills.


Laboring in Maine

Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.

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Home: The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Portland - Streetscape, 1790-1930

… in 1866, with a third story, a Mansard roof and fancy ironwork, stone ornamentation and slate roofing added.

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Lowell's General Store & the Railroad

… 1890’s, “one car Royal Gem, one car Taylor’s Fancy Patent, just received direct form the mills and to be sold very low for cash or exchange of…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - Entertainment- Alameda and Opera House

… were revamped to just look like they were fancy. Their interiors were usually not decorated so royally though.