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Historical Items

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Item 18091

Switchboard operators, Lewiston, ca. 1893

Contributed by: Telephone Museum Date: circa 1893 Location: Lewiston; Ellsworth Media: Photographic print

Item 18053

Winnie McCarthy, Lewiston, ca. 1911

Contributed by: Telephone Museum Date: circa 1911 Location: Lewiston; Ellsworth Media: Photographic print

Item 18066

Switchboard Operators

Contributed by: Telephone Museum Date: 1883 Location: Ellsworth; Lewiston Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Maine and the Space Age

The small town of Andover landed on the international map in 1962 when the Earth Station that had been built there successfully communicated with Telstar, the first telecommunications satellite.

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Looking Out: Maine's Fire Towers

Maine, the most heavily forested state in the nation, had the first continuously operational fire lookout tower, beginning a system of fire prevention that lasted much of the twentieth century.

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One Hundred Years of Caring -- EMMC

In 1892 five physicians -- William H. Simmons, William C. Mason, Walter H. Hunt, Everett T. Nealey, and William E. Baxter -- realized the need for a hospital in the city of Bangor had become urgent and they set about providing one.

Site Pages

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Telephone Museum

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

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Lincoln, Maine - Telegraphs & Telephones

The job of a telephone operator was a little more difficult in the olden days. Each call was timed. When the call began, the operator would put a…

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Swan's Island: Six miles east of ordinary - Telephone communication

Lil and her husband were the telephone operators during that time. The audio story about the island telephone system took place in the 1960s.

My Maine Stories

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Working as a telephone operator in the 1940s
by Doris Tardy

Working as a telephone operator in 1946 was new and exciting, and challenging.

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Sarah Jane Poli: Biddeford’s first female school superintendent
by Biddeford Cultural & Heritage Center

An Italian immigrant's daughter is key to a family grocery store and a leader in the school system

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An enjoyable conference, Portland 2021
by John C. Decker, Danville, Pennsylvania

Some snippets from a 4-day conference by transportation historians in Portland, September 7-11, 2021