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Item 7248

Raw cotton, Lewiston, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Lewiston Public Library Date: circa 1900 Location: Lewiston Media: phototransparency

Item 9763

Springvale Cotton Mill, early 1890s

Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Springvale Media: Photographic print

Item 99418

Woodbury K. Dana with cotton harvester, Westbrook, ca. 1918

Contributed by: Westbrook Historical Society Date: circa 1918 Location: Westbrook Media: Photographic print


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Eastern Fine Paper

The paper mill on the Penobscot River in South Brewer, which became known as Eastern Fine Paper Co., began as a sawmill in 1884 and grew over the years as an important part of the economy of the region and a large presence in the landscape. Its closing in 2005 affected more than the men and women who lost their jobs.


Silk Manufacturing in Westbrook

Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.


Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

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.

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Historic Hallowell - History of The Cotton Mill

The Cotton Mill made jeans, sheeting, coat lining, and prints. At its height in 1866, there were two hundred people working at the mill at one time.

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Historic Hallowell - Cotton Mill & Johnson Shoe Citations

Cotton Mill & Johnson Shoe Citations Annual Reports. Hallowell: City Council of Hallowell, 1911. “” n.d. (accessed Mar.

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Historic Hallowell - The Cotton Mill & The Johnson Shoe Company

The Cotton Mill & The Johnson Shoe Company These days, there aren’t many major factories in our communities.