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Historical Items

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Item 29054

Tom Evans Department Store, Biddeford, 1899

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1899 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 7873

Benoit's clothing store, 1966

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1966 Media: Photoprint

Item 100409

Howard's Drygoods Store, Dixfield, 1965.

Contributed by: Dixfield Historical Society Date: 1965 Location: Dixfield Media: Color transparency slide

Tax Records

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Item 35764

Assessor's Record, 11 Brown Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Eastman Bros. & Bancroft Use: Department Store

Item 38581

488-494 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Charles A. Strout - Trustee Use: Department Store

Item 38782

Assessor's Record, 530-534 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: John Porteous Use: Store Building


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Waldoboro Fire Department's 175 Years

While the town of Waldoboro was chartered in 1773, it began organized fire protection in 1838 with a volunteer fire department and a hand pump fire engine, the Water Witch.


Atherton Furniture

LeBaron Atherton's furniture empire consisted of ten stores, four of which were in Maine. The photos are reminiscent of a different era in retailing.


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.

Site Pages

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Green's Department Store

Mr. Green was a Presque Isle merchant for 37 years. He also opened two other stores, one in Houlton and the other in Danforth.

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Lincoln, Maine - Osgood's Store

"Lincoln Department Store," Lincoln Historical Society: the 1997-1998 Lecture Programs. Lincoln, ME: Lincoln Historical Society, 1998, 63-64, Print.

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Historic Hallowell - The Fireman's Musters in Hallowell

Department awards were awarded to the fire department with the best kept trucks, pumps, or anything along those lines.

My Maine Stories

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A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.


Growing up in Lewiston
by Kathy Becvar

Growing up in Lewiston in the 1960s and 1970s.


The Village Cafe - A Place We Called Home
by Michael Fixaris

The Village Cafe was more than a restaurant. It was an extension of our homes and our families.