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Historical Items

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Item 20704

Standard J-1, Old Orchard Beach, ca. 1920s

Contributed by: Old Orchard Beach Historical Society Date: circa 1924 Location: Old Orchard Beach Media: Photographic print

Mystery Corner Item

Item 104787

Ruth Nichols, Clarence Chamberlain, and unidentified pilot, ca. 1935

Mystery Corner Item Do you know where this was taken and who the middle person is?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1935 Media: Glass Negative

Item 21436

'Spirit of St. Louis,' 1927

Contributed by: Old Orchard Beach Historical Society Date: circa 1927 Location: Old Orchard Beach Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Exhibit

We Saw Lindbergh!

Following his historic flight across the Atlantic in May 1927, aviator Charles Lindbergh commenced a tour across America, greeted by cheering crowds at every stop. He was a day late for his speaking engagement in Portland, due to foggy conditions. Elise Fellows White wrote in her diary about seeing Lindbergh and his plane.

Exhibit

World War I and the Maine Experience

With a long history of patriotism and service, Maine experienced the war in a truly distinct way. Its individual experiences tell the story of not only what it means to be an American, but what it means to be from Maine during the war to end all wars.

Site Pages

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - Aviation

… Beach, which served as the epicenter of early aviation in Maine. The hard-packed sand surface provided a landing strip and runway for the post war…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Transportation Through the Years - Page 3 of 4

Jones who owned an airplane hanger in Old Orchard Beach. I remember my mother telling me about the early days of aviation when it was quite common…

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Historical Overview - Page 3 of 4

Aviation fever came to Scarborough in 1926 when Chester Jordan and Phillips Payson purchased land for an airport off Manson Libby Road.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII