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Item 101417

Central Theater, Biddeford, 1955

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1955 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 103932

Christmas party at Central Theater, Biddeford, ca. 1948

Contributed by: Biddeford Mills Museum Date: circa 1955 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 14364

Central Fire Station, Bangor, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Hose 5 Fire Museum Date: circa 1930 Location: Bangor Media: Photographic print


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Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."


Strike Up the Band

Before the era of recorded music and radio, nearly every community had a band that played at parades and other civic events. Fire departments had bands, military units had bands, theaters had bands. Band music was everywhere.


The Trolley Parks of Maine

At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Bus Service, Presque Isle, 1957

4-8; v. 6, #1, pp. 4-7. Note the Braden Theater and Al's Food Shop on Main Street in Presque Isle. View additional information about this item on…

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Bath's Historic Downtown - The Railroad Station

… and freight depot for eighteen years until Maine Central Railroad (MCRR) shut down its passenger service in 1959.

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Bath's Historic Downtown - History Overview

Maine Central Railroad then contracted for replacing that station in 1941 with a brick building that remained in service until 1959.