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Keywords: Textiles

Historical Items

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Item 104659

Rene W. Boisvert, founder of Biddeford Textile, Biddeford, ca. 1997

Contributed by: Biddeford Mills Museum Date: 1997 Location: Biddeford Media: Digital photograph

Item 18195

Attic loom, North Sebago, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Sebago Historical Society Date: circa 1850 Location: Sebago Media: Wood

Item 5276

Maine Centennial Parade, Portland, 1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1920-07-05 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 109426

Androscoggin Mills Store House, Lewiston, 1880-1904

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1880–1904 Location: Lewiston Owner: Androscoggin Mills Commission Type: Architecture

Item 109464

Bates Mill Buildings, Lewiston, 1900-1902

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1900–1902 Location: Lewiston Owner: Bates Mill Commission Type: Architecture

Item 109465

Factory for Bates Street Shirt Co., Lewiston, 1912

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1912 Location: Lewiston; Lewiston Owner: Bates Street Shirt Co. Commission Type: Architecture

Exhibits

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Exhibit

Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

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.

Exhibit

Silk Manufacturing in Westbrook

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.

Exhibit

History in Motion: The Era of the Electric Railways

Street railways, whether horse-drawn or electric, required the building of trestles and tracks. The new form of transportation aided industry, workers, vacationers, and other travelers.

Site Pages

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 7 of 17

… city during the 1800’s and early 1900’s as the textile industry in Maine thrived. Like ice, this industry was international and products shipped…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 2 of 17

… for ice harvesting, granite cutting, and cotton textile manufacturing. Businesses that supported the war did well and were able to hire more…

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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - The Civil War/Reconstruction Era as Experienced in Biddeford & Saco - Page 5 of 17

… Library Archives / Saco Museum The cotton textile manufacturing industry became very significant in Biddeford once the Laconia Mills and Pepperell…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Rug Hooking Project with a Story
by Marilyn Weymouth Seguin

My grandmother taught me the Maine craft of rug hooking when I was a child.

Story

Co-founding Halcyon Yarn and learning to weave
by Hector Jaeger

Moving to Maine, Halcyon Yarn, and rediscovering the joy of weaving

Story

My career working at Pepperell Mills in the Vellux Division
by David Bishop

My 35 years working in the Vellux blanket division of Pepperell Mills, Biddeford.