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Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
Date: circa 1930
Contributed by: Trenton Cemetery & Keeping Society
Date: circa 1982
Location: Seal Harbor
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Herring and sardines, small herring, were once an important part of the Maine economy. Smoked or salted herring provided an important food source before refrigeration and sardine canning was equally prominent along the Maine coast.
Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."
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.