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Item 74519

Sangamo Type H electric meter, 1911

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1911 Media: Metal, glass

Item 74856

Souvenir lamp with meter, 1985

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1985 Media: Wood, glass, carbon


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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.