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Historical Items

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Item 13194

Potato pickers, Caribou, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library Date: circa 1930 Location: Caribou Media: Photographic print

Item 13195

Potato barrels at harvest, Caribou, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library Date: circa 1930 Location: Caribou Media: Photographic print

Item 35886

Potato Harvest, Aroostook County, ca. 1940

Contributed by: David Gallagher through Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library Date: circa 1940 Media: Postcard

Exhibits

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Maine Eats: the food revolution starts here

From Maine's iconic lobsters, blueberries, potatoes, apples, and maple syrup, to local favorites like poutine, baked beans, red hot dogs, Italian sandwiches, and Whoopie Pies, Maine's identity and economy are inextricably linked to food. Sourcing food, preparing food, and eating food are all part of the heartbeat of Maine's culture and economy. Now, a food revolution is taking us back to our roots in Maine: to the traditional sources, preparation, and pleasures of eating food that have sustained Mainers for millennia.

Exhibit

Laboring in Maine

Workers in Maine have labored in factories, on farms, in the woods, on the water, among other locales. Many of Maine's occupations have been determined by the state's climate and geographical features.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 5 of 13

The potatoes would be picked from a section of the field allotted to the picker. If the section is too long, the picker would get behind and probably…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Harvesting Potatoes - Page 6 of 13

Around 1940 the picker would earn 12 cents per barrel and in 1950 the picker earned 20 cents per barrel.

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Potato Harvest Memories - Page 1 of 5

The pickers would make about 25 to 30 cents for a barrel. Her family would use the money to buy clothes for school.

My Maine Stories

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Aroostook Potato Harvest: Perspective of a Six Year Old
by Phyllis A. Blackstone

A child's memory of potato harvest in the 1950s