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Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
Media: monochrome photograph
Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum
Date: circa 1920
Construction of the Bangor and Aroostook rail lines into northern Aroostook County in the early twentieth century opened the region to tourism and commerce from the south.
Post office clerks began collecting strong red, white, and blue string, rolling it onto a ball and passing it on to the next post office to express their support for the Union effort in the Civil War. Accompanying the ball was this paper scroll on which the clerks wrote messages and sometimes drew images.