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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

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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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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Spinning room, Haskell Silk Company, Westbrook, 1907

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.

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E.T. Burrowes Co., Portland, ca. 1923

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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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

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

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Vietnam Memoirs

by David Chessey


MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND MY OBSERVATION OF NATIONWIDE OPINIONS CONCERNING THE “VIET NAM" WAR