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Item 11703

Nathan Goold, Portland, 1912

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

Item 10684

Maine map, ca. early 1800s

Contributed by: Salmon Brook Historical Society Date: circa 1825 Media: Digital photograph of printed map

Item 6387

Bucksport waterfront

Contributed by: Buck Memorial Library Date: circa 1860 Location: Bucksport Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 85120

Ray property, Natick Street, Peaks Island, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Clyde Ray Use: Summer Dwelling

Item 65231

77 Newbury Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Raffaele Frascone Use: Dwelling - Single family


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Eternal Images: Photographing Childhood

From the earliest days of photography doting parents from across Maine sought to capture images of their young children. The studio photographs often reflect the families' images of themselves and their status or desired status.


Maine Streets: The Postcard View

Photographers from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. of Belfast traveled throughout the state, especially in small communities, taking images for postcards. Many of these images, taken in the first three decades of the twentieth century, capture Main Streets on the brink of modernity.


Promoting Rockland Through a Stereopticon, 1875

Frank Crockett and photographer J.P. Armbrust took stereo views of Rockland's downtown, industry, and notable homes in the 1870s as a way to promote tourism to the town.

Site Pages

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Early Maine Photography - Early Maine Photographs

What makes a photograph "early"? Unidentified women, ca. 1860Item Contributed byMaine Historical Society In respect to photography, the widely…

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Early Maine Photography - Portland Photographers

Five Portland photographers of this period are represented in the Maine Historical Society Collection: Marcus Ormsbee, George M.

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Early Maine Photography - MHS Early Maine Photography

… title of “MHS Early Maine Photography." The photographs within the "MHS Early Maine Photography" collections found their way to MHS through varied…

My Maine Stories

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Story of the "little nun"
by Felicia Garant

My grandmother made a nun's outfit for me


Tapestry, Seine Twine and Burlesque
by Barbara Burns

My work as a tapestry artist and dancer in Maine.