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Item 66414

Home of "Pearl of Orr's Island," ca. 1935

Contributed by: Boston Public Library Date: circa 1935 Location: Orrs Island Media: Linen texture postcard

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Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.