Keywords: Portland Fancy
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Contributed by: Museums of Old York
Date: circa 1830
Location: York; St. Albans; Portland
Media: Maple, ash and birch primary woods
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1885
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Dixfield Historical Society
Media: Ink on paper
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.
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.
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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… in 1866, with a third story, a Mansard roof and fancy ironwork, stone ornamentation and slate roofing added.
… 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…
… were revamped to just look like they were fancy. Their interiors were usually not decorated so royally though.