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Item 71671

Maine Central Wharves, Portland, ca. 1938

Contributed by: Boston Public Library Date: circa 1938 Location: Portland Media: Linen texture postcard

Item 36602

Saco River wharves, Biddeford-Saco, ca. 1894

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: circa 1894 Location: Biddeford; Saco Media: Photographic print

Item 100117

The Harbor from Main Street, Rockland, ca. 1875

Contributed by: Rockland Historical Society Date: circa 1875 Location: Rockland Media: Stereograph

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 111800

Richardson Wharf Company alterations, Portland, 1922

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1922 Location: Portland Client: Richardson Wharf Co. Architect: John Calvin Stevens and John Howard Stevens Architects

Online Exhibits

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Promoting Rockland Through a Stereopticon, 1875

Frank Crockett and photographer J.P. Armbrust took stereo views of Rockland's downtown, industry, and notable homes in the 1870s as a way to promote tourism to the town.


From Sewers to Skylines: William S. Edwards's 1887 Photo Album

William S. Edwards (1830-1918) was a civil engineer who worked for the City of Portland from 1876-1906. Serving as First Assistant to Chief Engineer William A. Goodwin, then to Commissioner George N. Fernald, Edwards was a fixture in City Hall for 30 consecutive years, proving indispensable throughout the terms of 15 Mayors of Portland, including all six of those held by James Phineas Baxter. Edwards made significant contributions to Portland, was an outstanding mapmaker and planner, and his works continue to benefit historians.


Port of Portland's Custom House and Collectors of Customs

The collector of Portland was the key to federal patronage in Maine, though other ports and towns had collectors. Through the 19th century, the revenue was the major source of Federal Government income. As in Colonial times, the person appointed to head the custom House in Casco Bay was almost always a leading community figure, or a well-connected political personage.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Early Wharves and Yards - 1795 to 1825

"Early Wharves and Yards - 1795 to 1825 Site of Vose's Wharf, Thomaston, Maine 2009Thomaston Historical Society Philip Hanson arrived from…"

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - The Paine House

"He built wharves on the river and had a very successful shipping business for several years. He carried on a successful trade in a store on the site…"