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Historical Items

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Item 102121

Frederick Dow, Portland, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1890 Location: Portland Media: Crayon Enhanced Photographic Print

Item 102260

Don't take the port out of Portland, 1986

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1986 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 100565

Israel Washburn Jr., Portland, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Washburn Norlands Living History Center Date: circa 1860 Location: Portland Media: Carte de visite

Tax Records

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Item 37243

State Pier, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Port of Portland - Directors of

Item 37240

Shed, State Pier, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Port of Portland - Directors of Use: Shed - Freight

Item 37242

Shed, State Pier, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Port of Portland - Directors of Use: Shed - Freight


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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.


Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.


Home: The Longfellow House & the Emergence of Portland

The Wadsworth-Longfellow house is the oldest building on the Portland peninsula, the first historic site in Maine, a National Historic Landmark, home to three generations of Wadsworth and Longfellow family members -- including the boyhood home of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The history of the house and its inhabitants provide a unique view of the growth and changes of Portland -- as well as of the immediate surroundings of the home.

Site Pages

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Portland Press Herald Glass Negative Collection - Wiscasset's Arctic Connection

He chose the town as the departure port on many of his voyages to the Arctic and Subarctic. The departures were festive occasions.

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Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh

View collections, facts, and contact information for this Contributing Partner.

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - Catch of the Day: Clamming and Lobstering - Page 1 of 4

… anchorage at Pine Point never has been home port to any large fishing vessels, but it’s likely that some Scarborough men fished off shore on…

My Maine Stories

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History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars


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