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Title: Taber Wagon advertisement
Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1930
Media: Advertising card
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Imagine a day 150 years ago. Looking down a side street, you see the buildings are covered with posters and signs.
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.
The Taber farm wagon was an innovative design that was popular on New England farms. It made lifting potato barrels onto a wagon easier and made more efficient use of the horse's work. These images glimpse the life work of its inventor, Silas W. Taber of Houlton, and the place of his invention in the farming community