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A fireman from Skowhegan wore his fire helmet when he posed in front of a seascape backdrop for this studio portrait. Portions of his clothing have been hand-colored in red and his cheeks in pink. Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth has noted that membership in local fire companies was a particular matter of pride in Maine during this era, and it was common for men to take their picture in uniform.
About This Item
- Title: Fireman, Skowhegan, ca. 1860
- Creation Date: circa 1865
- Subject Date: circa 1865
- Town: Skowhegan
- County: Somerset
- State: ME
- Media: Ambrotype
- Dimensions: 6.3 cm x 5.1 cm
- Local Code: 2008.283.006
- Collection: Vickery-Shettleworth collection of early Maine photography
- Object Type: Image
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- Fire helmets
- Portrait photographs
- Seated portraits
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230
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