Acorn basket by Margaret or Pauline Shay, Portland, 1923

Contributed by Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media


Margaret Shay taught her daughter, Pauline how to weave ash baskets, a profession handed down through generations of Penobscot basketmakers.

The acorn form of this basket, known as a "fancy basket" was popular with the markets. Baskets made by the Shays were featured in the October 7, 1923 newspaper relating to a story about freedom from religion in schools on Indian Island.

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  • Title: Acorn basket by Margaret or Pauline Shay, Portland, 1923
  • Creator: Portland Press Herald
  • Creation Date: 1923
  • Subject Date: 1923
  • Locations:
    • Portland, Cumberland County, ME
    • Old Town, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Glass plate
  • Dimensions: 10.8 cm x 8.3 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.6952
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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