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Item 16979

Hand Cranked Sewing Machine, c. 1870

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum

Date: circa 1870

Location: Houlton

Media: steel

Item 14717

Girls sewing class, Good Will Home, 1911

Contributed by: L.C. Bates Museum / Good Will-Hinckley Homes

Date: 1911

Location: Fairfield

Media: Photographic print

Item 33667

Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine advertisement, Biddeford, 1866

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library

Date: 1866

Location: Biddeford

Media: Ink on paper

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Polly Warren sampler, Gorham, ca. 1800

Samplers: Learning to Sew

Settlers' clothing had to be durable and practical to hold up against hard work and winters. From the 1700s to the mid 1800s, the women of Maine learned to sew by making samplers.


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Child's chair with portrait, Portland, 1908

Art of the People: Folk Art in Maine

For many different reasons people saved and carefully preserved the objects in this exhibit. Eventually, along with the memories they hold, the objects were passed to the Maine Historical Society. Object and memory, serve as a powerful way to explore history and to connect to the lives of people in the past.


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Preble House, Great Cranberry Island, ca. 1895

Great Cranberry Island's Preble House

The Preble House, built in 1827 on a hilltop over Preble Cove on Great Cranberry Island, was the home to several generations of Hadlock, Preble, and Spurling family members -- and featured in several books.

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Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine advertisement, Biddeford, 1866

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

They were among the largest sewing machines manufacturers in the country at the time, and they employed more than 6000 workers in five factories.

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Loom Picker Company, Biddeford, ca. 1873

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

… Historical Society Although best known for his sewing machines, Mr. Shaw developed other inventions, including a patent for photography that made…

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Hall Quarry Schoolhouse and Children

Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Maine Granite Industry-Hall Quarry

When electricity eventually came it powered sewing machines which mothers would sew clothing for the family.

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Story of the "little nun"

by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me


My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II

by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima


Vietnam Memoirs

by David Chessey