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Historical Items

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Item 4339

The Tricora corset, Bangor, ca. 1880

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1880 Location: Bangor Media: Ink on paper

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Item 1136

Clothing store advertisement, Bath, ca. 1886

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1886 Location: Bath Media: Ink on paper

Item 103638

Julia Clapp Carroll, ca. 1855

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1855 Location: Portland Media: Ambrotype

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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Capt. Grenville F. Sparrow, 17th Maine

Grenville F. Sparrow of Portland was 25 when he answered Lincoln's call for more troops to fight the Confederates. He enlisted in Co. A of Maine's 17th Volunteer Infantry regiment. He fought in 30 battles between 1862 and the war's end in 1865.

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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.

My Maine Stories

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Tapestry, Seine Twine and Burlesque
by Barbara Burns

My work as a tapestry artist and dancer in Maine.