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Item 26662

Prison Brooms to the Train Depot, Thomaston, 1915

Contributed by: Thomaston Historical Society Date: circa 1915 Location: Thomaston Media: Photographic print

Item 14086

World War One Training Rifle, 1916

Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum Date: 1916 Media: Broom, metal, wood, straw

Item 100792

John Martin backbend, Bangor, 1844

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society and Maine State Museum Date: 1844 Location: Bangor Media: Ink on paper

Online Exhibits

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A Field Guide to Trolley Cars

Many different types of trolley cars -- for different weather, different uses, and different locations -- were in use in Maine between 1895-1940. The "field guide" explains what each type looked like and how it was used.


The Trolley Parks of Maine

At the heyday of trolleys in Maine, many of the trolley companies developed recreational facilities along or at the end of trolley lines as one further way to encourage ridership. The parks often had walking paths, dance pavilions, and various other entertainments. Cutting-edge technology came together with a thirst for adventure and forever changed social dynamics in the process.


Horace W. Shaylor: Portland Penman

Horace W. Shaylor, a native of Ohio, settled in Portland and turned his focus to handwriting, developing several unique books of handwriting instruction. He also was a talented artist.

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Prison Industries

"The completed brooms were transported by wagon back to the railroad depot on Knox Street for shipment to various sales outlets."

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Historic Hallowell - Prisons and Firearms

"On September 15, 1924, a fire started in the broom shop, spreading to the jail. The total amount of loss from the fire was $500,000."

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Prison Fires - 1849 to 1924

"The blaze started in a broom shop and quickly spread to the harness shop, paint shop and woodshop. The facility was completely destroyed."