Keywords: clothes washer
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Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
Date: circa 1942
Contributed by: Durham Historical Society
Date: circa 1915
Media: wood and metal
The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.
Imagine a day 150 years ago. Looking down a side street, you see the buildings are covered with posters and signs.
Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.