Fireman, Skowhegan, ca. 1860

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Fireman, Skowhegan, ca. 1860

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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.

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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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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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