Post Office and store, Jonesboro, ca. 1915

Contributed by Penobscot Marine Museum

Description

This was originally the company store operated by the Bodwell Granite Company in the late 1800s on the corner of Route 1 and Station Road in Jonesboro. Note the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company vehicle parked in the far right of the frame.

Harvey, Joel and Harry Look bought the store in 1915 and operated it with their sister Millie. Harry and Millie lived in the adjoining house. The store became an IGA member, and a salesman from Calais came every Monday to take orders and identify weekly specials.

Mail came and went twice a day. The store was a center of community life.

A detailed plan of the store shows the post office and waiting room in the front section on the right, with the store office and storage behind. The store section details the display locations for IGA specials, hanging bananas, milk pitchers for tourists, first aid supplies, smoked alewives, clothing racks, meat cutting, a hand crank kerosene pump, canned goods, jewelry and gifts, oranges, penny candy, chewing tobacco, nail bins, and many other items.

Millie Look continued to work in the store until 1970, and Look family members owned and operated it until 1986.

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About This Item

  • Title: Post Office and store, Jonesboro, ca. 1915
  • Creation Date: circa 1915
  • Subject Date: circa 1915
  • Town: Jonesboro
  • County: Washington
  • State: ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.75 cm x 17.75 cm
  • Local Code: LB2007.1.101112
  • Object Type: Image

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