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Contributed by: Colby College Special Collections
Date: circa 1830
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Horace W. Shaylor, a native of Ohio, settled in Portland and turned his focus to handwriting, developing several unique books of handwriting instruction. He also was a talented artist.
Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's popularity in the 19th century is reflected by the number of images of him -- in a variety of media -- that were produced and reproduced, some to go with published works of his, but many to be sold to the public on cards and postcards.
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Inset is an engraved image of Jacob Abbott. He was born in 1803 in Hallowell and died in Farmington in 1879.
Blue, Jacob and Alexander Abbott. Also includes engravings and photographs of Strong and Farmington.
This engraving, which is eleven feet long by three feet wide is handsomely framed in dark oak and reinforced with brass stays.