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Historical Items

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Item 1204

Columbia Market, Portland, 1951

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1951 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 105716

Powder blue suit with caplet, ca. 1950

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1950 Media: wool, rayon, metal

Item 26400

Hurricane Damage, Thomaston, 1950s

Contributed by: An individual through Thomaston Historical Society Date: circa 1954 Location: Thomaston Media: Photographic print


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Skiing Pleasant Mountain

By the second half of the 20th century, skiing began to enjoy unprecedented popularity. Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton (later Shawnee Peak) was Maine's foremost place to join the fun in the 1950s and 1960s.


The Establishment of the Troy Town Forest

Seavey Piper, a selectman, farmer, landowner, and leader of the Town of Troy in the 1920s through the early 1950s helped establish a town forest on abandoned farm land in Troy. The exhibit details his work over ten years.


Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Christmas decorations, Presque Isle, ca. 1950

… The photograph was taken in December in the early 1950s with both the Presque Isle Police and Fire stations decorated.

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Lincoln, Maine - Evelyn Jenkins, Lincoln Memorial Library, ca. 1954

… entertaining a group of schoolchildren from Enfield in the 1950s. View additional information about this item on the Maine Memory Network.

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1950-1960 - Page 1 of 4

… some degree, and is most recognizable in the mid 1950s teenage girl's, almost ubiquitous, full skirts and dresses worn with bobby socks and penny…

My Maine Stories

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Aroostook Potato Harvest: Perspective of a Six Year Old
by Phyllis A. Blackstone

A child's memory of potato harvest in the 1950s


Hand carrying water in Marshfield
by Dorothy Gardner

Ways of getting water in rural Maine. From fetching water from a stream to having a well.


Growing up on a potato and dairy farm
by Paula Woodworth

Life growing up and working on a potato and dairy farm was hard work but fun in Aroostook County.