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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 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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Item 33287

Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine, Biddeford, ca. 1865

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1865 Location: Biddeford Media: Metal and paint


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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.


Silk Manufacturing in Westbrook

Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.


Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.

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

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

My Maine Stories

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Vietnam Memoirs
by David Chessey