Lobster Net, Islesboro, ca. 1900

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This lobster net is made of cotton twine and has one inch square mesh holes. It was used in wooden lobster traps to prevent lobsters from leaving the trap once they had entered.

Netting was a cottage industry on Islesboro from 1888 to 1938, employing up to 100 people. 100 pound bales of twine would be shipped to Islesboro and distributed to "knitters" who could work in their own homes and were paid by the pound. The enactment of the Federal Minimum Wage and Hour Law put an end to the $5,000 island industry.

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  • Title: Lobster Net, Islesboro, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Location: Islesboro, Waldo County, ME
  • Media: Cotton twine
  • Dimensions: 43 cm x 73 cm
  • Local Code: 1987.007.030
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Islesboro Historical Society
PO Box 301, 388 Main Road, Islesboro, ME 04848
(207) 734-6733

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