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Contributed by: Sanford-Springvale Historical Society
Date: circa 1890
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
Media: Glass Negative
The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.
Frank Crockett and photographer J.P. Armbrust took stereo views of Rockland's downtown, industry, and notable homes in the 1870s as a way to promote tourism to the town.