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Contributed by: Friendship Museum
Date: circa 1925
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Poland Spring Preservation Society
Location: Poland Spring; New Gloucester
Media: ink on paper
Two shipyards in South Portland, built quickly in 1941 to construct cargo ships for the British and Americans, produced nearly 270 ships in two and a half years. Many of those vessels bore the names of notable Mainers.
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.
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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… to 60 thousand boxes of fish annually, bringing employment and prosperity to the town. In 1797, Daniel Ramsdell cured the first herring by smoke, a…
… February, 1898 approximately one hundred men were employed in the conversion of the grist mill to a gold extraction factory.
… that supplied tasty fast food, the means of employment and the basis of profitable investment.