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Historical Items

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Item 74526

Type C electric meter, ca. 1906

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1906 Media: Enameled metal, glass

Item 74522

Portable electric test meter, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1912 Media: Wood, metal, glass

Item 74517

Westinghouse Round-type electric meter, 1904

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1904 Media: Metal, glass

Exhibits

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Exhibit

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.