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Historical Items

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Item 15798

Viner's Shoe Co. workers, Bangor, 1943

Contributed by: Bangor Public Library Date: 1943 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print

Item 6865

Monroe Shoe, West Auburn, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Lewiston Public Library Date: circa 1900 Location: Auburn Media: phototransparency

Item 101751

Workers at David Cummings & Co. shoe factory, South Berwick, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Old Berwick Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: South Berwick Media: Photographic print

Exhibits

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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.

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Working Women of the Old Port

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.

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Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - The Johnson Shoe Bros.

The Johnson Shoe Bros. The Jarnes-Hamburger Factory closed down, Twin Johnson Brothers soon found, A building made from wood with a brick…

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Historic Hallowell - Johnson Brothers and Their Shoe Factory

On a Wednesday at 1:30 pm in 1927, the Johnson Shoe Factory workers were informed that the company was closing and were forced to leave immediately.

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Historic Hallowell - Industry and Immigrants-A Changing Community

… such as oilcloth factories, iron works, shoe factories, a sandpaper mill and The Heart Cure Co., a large mail order patent-medicine concern.

My Maine Stories

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My paper making history
by Rick Simoneau

The history of my grandfather, father, and I working in the mills instilled a sense of community

Story

Growing up in Lewiston and running Museum L-A
by Rachel Desgrosseilliers

Growing up Franco-American and honoring our mill working heritage

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Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII