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Historical Items

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Item 104844

Boy building a soap box derby car, Portland, 1936

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1936 Location: Portland

Item 103839

Evening Express Soap Box Derby, Portland, 1936

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1936-07-25 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Item 10495

Chinese laundry soap, Portland, ca. 1950

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1950 Location: Portland Media: Soap

Online Exhibits

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Cooks and Cookees: Lumber Camp Legends

Stories and tall tales abound concerning cooks and cookees -- important persons in any lumber camp, large or small.

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Eye in the Sky

In 1921, Guy Gannett purchased two competing Portland newspapers, merging them under the Portland Press Herald title. He followed in 1925 with the purchase the Portland Evening Express, which allowed him to combine two passions: photography and aviation.

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Westbrook Seminary: Educating Women

Westbrook Seminary, built on Stevens Plain in 1831, was founded to educate young men and young women. Seminaries traditionally were a form of advanced secondary education. Westbrook Seminary served an important function in admitting women students, for whom education was less available in the early and mid nineteenth century.

Site Pages

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Historic Hallowell - In the Beginning - Raw Materials - Quarrying

… processed into potash was for export to Britain's soap-making industry. Quarrying granite soon followed.

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Presque Isle: The Star City - The History of Laundry, Aroostook County Style - Page 1 of 2

Sadie bought big blocks of soap and sliced them with a knife. She then took the soap and dropped it in the tub to let it dissolve and make suds.

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Historic Hallowell - Wood Ashes or Gold Dust?

The soap making recipe uses fat or oils and an essential ingredient scarce in nearly treeless Europe - wood ashes.

My Maine Stories

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A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down