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Historical Items

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Item 12267

Garden Clothing Company, Sweden Street, Caribou, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Caribou Public Library Date: circa 1890 Location: Caribou Media: Photographic print

Item 76040

J. H. Wolf clothing store, Portland, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 5525

Fink's Clothing Co. Portland, ca. 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1912 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 63344

234 Middle Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Finks Clothing Co. Use: Apartments & Store

Item 37216

1-5 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Liverpool Realty Co. Use: Rooming House

Item 37314

180 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Pocahantas Fuel Company, Inc. Use: Store

Exhibits

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Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.

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The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

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Indians at the Centennial

Passamaquoddy Indians from Washington County traveled to Portland in 1920 to take part in the Maine Centennial Exposition. They set up an "Indian Village" at Deering Oaks Park.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mourning Clothing

Mourning Clothing View the Mourning Clothing Slide Show With the growth of the middle class, the custom of wearing black during periods of…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Children's Wear

Children's Wear View the Children's Clothing Slide Show For the second half of the 19th century children’s fashions mirrored adult styles.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mid Twentieth Century

The mid twentieth century (1950-1980) clothing at Maine Historical Society is but a small fraction of the Society's overall garment holdings, which…

My Maine Stories

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Wabanaki Fashion
by Decontie & Brown

Keeping the spirit and memories of our ancestors alive through fashion and creativity

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From Chinese Laundress to Mother of the Year
by Dr. Andrea Louie

Toy Len Goon's granddaughter recounts her immigration to the US and becoming Mother of the Year.

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Growing up DownEast
by Darrin MC Mclellan

Stories of growing up Downeast

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.