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Item 13971

Spectacles worn by Sarah Chamberlain

Contributed by: Brewer Public Library Date: circa 1880 Location: Brewer Media: Metal and glass

Item 1159

Advertisement for spectacles, Farmington, ca. 1860

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1860 Location: Farmington Media: Ink on paper

Item 104445

Sixth plate daguerreotype of unidentified woman, Portland, ca. 1848

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1848 Location: Portland Media: daguerreotype


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Most Inconvenient Storm

A Portland newspaper wrote about an ice storm of January 28, 1886 saying, "The city of Portland was visited yesterday by the most inconvenient storm of the season."


A Craze for Cycling

Success at riding a bike mirrored success in life. Bicycling could bring families together. Bicycling was good for one's health. Bicycling was fun. Bicycles could go fast. Such were some of the arguments made to induce many thousands of people around Maine and the nation to take up the new pastime at the end of the nineteenth century.

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Historic Hallowell - The "World of Mirth" Carnival in Hallowell

The spectacle of people on fire included their diving into a small barrel of water from high up! It was a family carnival but had some mature…

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - The "Edward O'Brien", the "Washington B. Thomas", & "Edna Hoyt"

… & "Edna Hoyt" The “Edward O’Brien” made quite a spectacle at the time of her launching from the Burgess O’Brien yard.

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Building Of The Arts Era

… it was the host for an inordinately wide array of spectacles. In summer, the Casino transformed itself into the Bar Harbor Playhouse which brought…