Keywords: Travelling entertainers
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Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Contributed by: David Noyes through Byron Historical Society
Date: circa 1900
Media: Photographic print
Between 1870 and 1911, Waterville more than doubled in size, becoming a center of manufacturing, transportation, and the retail trade and offering a variety of entertainments for its residents.
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.
Photographers from the Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. of Belfast traveled throughout the state, especially in small communities, taking images for postcards. Many of these images, taken in the first three decades of the twentieth century, capture Main Streets on the brink of modernity.
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Music, including singing, provided family entertainment and fostered friendships throughout the larger island community.
Also, the Alameda, a large entertainment center on the south side of Centre Street between Water and Washington Streets was built in 1882.
Bullfinch’s travels to Europe in the late 18th century acquainted him with the Scottish architect Robert Adams, who popularized the Adamesque style…