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Historical Items

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Item 28714

Women in bathing costume, 1915

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1915 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 105678

White batiste cotton dress, Brownville, ca. 1905

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1905 Location: Brownville Media: cotton

Item 102536

American Red Cross washable uniform, ca. 1917

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1917 Media: Cotton

Exhibits

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Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.

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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.

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Power of Potential

The National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs (NFBPWC) held their seventh annual convention in Portland during July 12 to July 18, 1925. Over 2,000 working women from around the country visited the city.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Wrappers, Teagowns & At Home Dresses

Wrappers, Teagowns & At Home Dresses View the Wrappers, Tea Gowns & At Home Dresses Slide Show Wrapper is the traditional term used for the…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Arcy Cary Bradford's gigot sleeve wedding dress, ca. 1829 - Page 1 of 2

The beige silk dress features the fashionable gigot sleeve, which are lined with a glazed brown linen. There is a frill net at the cuff.

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Historic Clothing Collection - White cotton dress with gigot sleeves, Portland, ca. 1828 - Page 1 of 2

The dress was hand sewn, with its scalloped edges attached as a separate piece. A light pink drawstring ribbon serves as the enclosure.

My Maine Stories

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Florence Ahlquist Link's WWII service in the WAVES
by Earlene Ahlquist Chadbourne

Florence Ahlquist, age 20, was trained to repair the new aeronautical cameras by the US Navy in WWII

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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

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Hooch Mum and my Vietnam service
by Jim Barrows

A poem about being a medic, saving Vietnamese people and babies. Sometimes we trusted too much.