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Historical Items

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Item 23523

Women Spinning at Pepperell Mills, Biddeford, 1910

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1910 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 70280

Women sorting rags, Brewer, ca. 1920

Contributed by: Maine Folklife Center, Univ. of Maine Date: circa 1920 Location: Brewer Media: Photographic print

Item 75554

Women and men in manufacturing, Brewer, 2006

Contributed by: Maine Folklife Center, Univ. of Maine Date: 1982 - 2004 Location: Brewer Media: audio recording

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Exhibits

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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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Women, War, and the Homefront

When America entered the Great War in 1917, the government sent out pleas for help from American women, many of whom responded at the battle front and on the home front.

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Laboring in Maine

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.

Site Pages

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Lubec, Maine - Lubec History

During the season workers came from Campobello, Grand Manan, Deer Island, and towns throughout Washington County, many living in rows of company…

Site Page

Lubec, Maine - Canning Sardines in Lubec: Technology, the Syndicate and Labor

Then they went to the Packing Room where women and girls placed the herring in cans, generally in a large well-lit area on the second floor.

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Lubec, Maine - Building the Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - Page 1 of 3

Note how the workers appear, casually working and walking atop the I-beam. Higher tides than normal come during new moons, as occurred on a cold…

My Maine Stories

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Story

The tradition of lobstering
by Sadie Samuels

I learned to fish from my Dad and will lobster the rest of my life

Story

Growing up in Lewiston
by Kathy Becvar

Growing up in Lewiston in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII