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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

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Reddy Kilowatt lapel pin, ca. 1955

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.