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Historical Items Showing 3 of 268 View All

Item 12375

McDowell Garment Drafting Machine, 1912

Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum

Date: 1912

Location: Littleton; New York

Media: Brass

Item 14245

Artillery Machine Gun

Contributed by: Bucksport Historical Society

Date: 1895

Location: Bucksport

Media: Metal

Item 102042

Saco and Pettee Machine Shops order acknowledgement, Biddeford, 1908

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library

Date: 1908-02-14

Location: Biddeford; Brunswick

Media: Postcard

Tax Records Showing 3 of 36 View All

Item 62054

26 Warren Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Southworth Machine Company

Use: Offices

Item 86042

28-86 Warren Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Southworth Machine Company

Use: Factory

Item 86044

28-86 Warren Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Southworth Machine Company

Use: Factory

Exhibits Showing 3 of 37 View All

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Spinning room, Haskell Silk Company, Westbrook, 1907

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.

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Forest Paper Co. workers, Yarmouth, ca. 1890

Yarmouth: Leader in Soda Pulp

Yarmouth's "Third Falls" provided the perfect location for papermaking -- and, soon, for producing soda pulp for making paper. At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, Yarmouth was an international leader in soda pulp production.

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Reddy Kilowatt lapel pin, ca. 1955

Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.

Site Pages Showing 3 of 57 View All

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Shaw & Clark Sewing Machine advertisement, Biddeford, 1866

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

They were among the largest sewing machines manufacturers in the country at the time, and they employed more than 6000 workers in five factories.

Site Page

Construction of B Machine at Oxford Paper Company, Rumford, 1915

Western Maine Foothills Region - For The Love Of Paper - Page 2 of 4

12 machine. Room also was required to house new super calenders. These went into production in 1948.

Site Page

Vellux: In the Beginning

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Francis Spencer

Francis Spencer's name is on patents for both the machines and the process of making Vellux blankets.

My Maine Stories Showing 3 of 8 View All

Story

I work as a Journeyman Mechanic, or Millwright at Catalyst

by Linda Deane


Working on a paper machine and as a Millwright can be challenging as a woman and a Union Rep.

Story

If you wanted a good job, the mill was the place to be.

by Brent Gay


Changes in the paper industry, labor strikes, and the community around International Paper's mills

Story

My career working at Pepperell Mills in the Vellux Division

by David Bishop


My 35 years working in the Vellux blanket division of Pepperell Mills, Biddeford.