Match splint seeder, Portland, ca. 1925

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Match splint seeder, Portland, ca. 1925

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Portland Company manufactured match splint seeder for the Berst Forster Dixfield Company.

The machine takes blocks of pine and cuts them into splints -- or strips -- which are then turned into matches.

The machine, which is 5 feet in diameter and 16 feet long, is shown at the Portland Company workshop.

Berst Forster Dixfield began in 1913 as the Forster Manufacturing Co. in Oakland. It made toothpicks and clothespins. Berst-Forster-Dixfield of New York operated it from 1923-1946.

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  • Title: Match splint seeder, Portland, ca. 1925
  • Creation Date: circa 1925
  • Subject Date: circa 1925
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 9 cm x 15 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 242, Box 40b 17-7
  • Collection: Portland Company records
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
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