Keywords: Textile industries
The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.
"In Time and Eternity: Maine Shakers in the Industrial Age 1872-1918" is a series of images that depict in detail the Shakers in Maine during a little explored time period of expansion and change.
Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.
From "Romance of Pepperell" (1921) X The textile manufacture industry, however, was the largest employer and the heart of the local economy.
… were drawn to the area to work in the huge textile mills, many became entrepreneurs in their own right and opened small businesses up and down Main…
VII. Flow and ebb: the effects of industrial peak & global upheaval (1900-1955) Construction of the new Bradbury Bridge, Biddeford…