Lavon and Popkins Zakarian, Portland, ca. 1910

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Lavon and Popkins Zakarian, Portland, ca. 1910

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Brothers Lavon (left) and Popkins (right) Zakarian were part of the Armenian community in Maine, one of the oldest in America.

Popkins Zakarian (1903-1980) was born in Bulgaria and immigrated to Portland with his Armenian parents, Mary and John, and brother, Lavon, around 1904. He worked in an Armenian grocery store, and later operated a linoleum business in Portland for 50 years. Lavon went to the University of Maine and had a distinguished football career.

The first Armenian immigrants arrived in Maine in 1896 to escape growing persecution in Turkey. Hundreds more arrived by the time of the Armenian Genocide in 1915.

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  • Title: Lavon and Popkins Zakarian, Portland, ca. 1910
  • Creation Date: circa 1910
  • Subject Date: circa 1910
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Local Code: Coll. 4000, Box 1
  • Collection: Popkins Zakarian photograph collection
  • Object Type: Image

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