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Item 105623

"Dawnland Couture" by Decontie & Brown, Bangor, 2019

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 2019 Location: Bangor Media: Multi media

Item 105474

Margaret Payson's Delphic-style gown, Portland, ca. 1938

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1938 Location: Portland; New York Media: rayon, glass beads

Item 18864

Jean-Baptiste Couture, Lewiston, 1926

Contributed by: Franco-American Collection Date: 1926 Location: Lewiston Media: Photographic print


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Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."


The Washburns of Livermore

Members of the Washburn family of Livermore participated in the Civil War in a variety of ways -- from Caroline at the homefront, to Samuel at sea, Elihu, as a Congressman from Illinois, and Israel governor of Maine. The family had considerable influence politically on several fronts.


Picturing Henry

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's popularity in the 19th century is reflected by the number of images of him -- in a variety of media -- that were produced and reproduced, some to go with published works of his, but many to be sold to the public on cards and postcards.

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Historic Clothing Collection - Early Twentieth Century

Dating into the mid 1890s her couture quality wine velvet and cream figured silk double gigot sleeved dinner or opera dress, and her openwork cream…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1950-1960 - Page 4 of 4

While pirating French couture designs was an old practice, in the 1950s some U.S. manufacturers contracted and made arrangements with French…

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Historic Clothing Collection - The Maine Historical Society Historic Dress Collection - Page 2 of 2

A group of turn of the twentieth century couture caliber gowns from Lewiston; a 1930s ‘Delphic’ gown and others by Jessie Franklin Turner; and a…

My Maine Stories

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It was like a family in the mill
by Arnold R. Couture

I saw a lot of changes at the International Paper Otis Mill during my 26 years as an electrician


Decontie and Brown's venture in high fashion design
by Decontie and Brown

Penobscot haute couture designs from Bangor