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Historical Items

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Item 80430

Steamboat Landing, Friendship, 1908

Contributed by: Friendship Museum Date: 1908 Location: Friendship Media: Photographic print

Item 92245

Steamboats Wiwurna, Nahanada, Samoset, and Winter Harbor in Boothbay Harbor, 1890

Contributed by: Boothbay Region Historical Society Date: 1890 Location: Boothbay Harbor Media: Photographic print

Item 79351

Steamer "Brandon," ca.1925

Contributed by: Friendship Museum Date: circa 1925 Location: Friendship Media: Glass Negative


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Washington County Through Eastern's Eye

Images taken by itinerant photographers for Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, a real photo postcard company, provide a unique look at industry, commerce, recreation, tourism, and the communities of Washington County in the early decades of the twentieth century.


Making Paper, Making Maine

Paper has shaped Maine's economy, molded individual and community identities, and impacted the environment throughout Maine. When Hugh Chisholm opened the Otis Falls Pulp Company in Jay in 1888, the mill was one of the most modern paper-making facilities in the country, and was connected to national and global markets. For the next century, Maine was an international leader in the manufacture of pulp and paper.


Summer Folk: The Postcard View

Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."

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Surry by the Bay - Nineteenth Century

A steamboat even docked at Steamboat Wharf on Contention Cove. Started in 1839, the village shipyard was located at the present day town landing.

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Lubec, Maine - S.S. Cumberland: Steamer Brought Passengers and Prosperity to Lubec but Met Tragic End

… The New York Times: “In a thick fog the Eastern Steamboat Company’s steamer Cumberland and the United Fruit Company’s steamer Admiral Farragut were…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Island Postmistresses

… 1894 this old mail route was discontinued and a steamboat company contracted to bring the mail daily from Rockland to Old Harbor This is a much…