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Historical Items

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Item 105476

Bright pink petticoat, ca. 1780

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1780 Media: cotton, wool, linen

Item 105130

Carrie Cushman Wood's trousseau bodice, Portland, ca. 1868

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1868 Location: Portland Media: silk, cotton

Mystery Corner Item

Item 104796

Women walking amongst clothing outlets on Congress Street, Portland, ca. 1922

Mystery Corner Item Do you know who these people are?

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: circa 1922 Location: Portland Media: Glass negative


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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.


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.


The Mainspring of Fashion

The mainspring of fashion is the process whereby members of one class imitate the styles of another, who in turn are driven to ever new expedients of fashionable change.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mourning Clothing

Mourning Clothing View the Mourning Clothing Slide Show With the growth of the middle class, the custom of wearing black during periods of…

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Historic Clothing Collection - Children's Wear

Children's Wear View the Children's Clothing Slide Show For the second half of the 19th century children’s fashions mirrored adult styles.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Mid Twentieth Century

… Society in 1993 shifted the Society's historic clothing holdings from a primarily early 19th century collection, to one dominated by women's wear…

My Maine Stories

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From Chinese Laundress to Mother of the Year
by Dr. Andrea Louie

Toy Len Goon's granddaughter recounts her immigration to the US and becoming Mother of the Year.


Pandemic ruminations and the death of Rose Cleveland
by Tilly Laskey

Correlations between the 1918 and 2020 Pandemics


Tapestry, Seine Twine and Burlesque
by Barbara Burns

My work as a tapestry artist and dancer in Maine.