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Historical Items

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Item 105395

Young woman's muslin dress, ca. 1830

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1830 Media: Cotton, metal

Item 105497

Almina Deering's striped dress with velvet trim, Waterboro, ca. 1856

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1856 Location: Waterboro Media: silk, cotton

Item 105502

Lace trimmed walking dress, ca. 1865

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1865 Media: silk, cotton, horsehair, lace


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Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In

Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.


Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.


Eternal Images: Photographing Childhood

From the earliest days of photography doting parents from across Maine sought to capture images of their young children. The studio photographs often reflect the families' images of themselves and their status or desired status.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Thomas White Dry Good Emporium, Bangor, 1864

Martin worked for Thomas White from July to the end of November 1861, even though the pay was quite low.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Boy at Bangor parade, July 4, 1865

… post Civil War July 4 parade in Bangor in 1865 is dressed in "white waste and fashionable felt & straw hat" as depicted by John Martin (1823-1904)…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Clara Cary, Rinaldo Wiggin, John Martin, Bangor, 1844

her dress was a blue & red spotted Delane with a small plaided shawl blue white & Red a wide stripe of blue a narrow stripe of Red and the ground…

My Maine Stories

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Cleaning Fish or How Grandfather and Grandmother got by
by Randy Randall

Grandfather and Grandmother subsisted on the fish Grandfather caught, not always legally.


My life as a revolutionary knitter
by Katharine Cobey

Moving to Maine and confronting knitting stereotypes


A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down