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Historical Items

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Item 105686

Beaded blue chiffon party dress, ca. 1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1925 Media: silk, glass beads

Item 105489

Calico dress, ca. 1850

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1850 Media: Cotton

Item 105676

Whitework summer dress, ca. 1917

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

Tax Records

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Item 37339

241-243 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Trustees of the Estate of Frank P. Cummings Use: Wholesale Grocer

Exhibits

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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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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.

Exhibit

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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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 - Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863 - Page 1 of 4

Organdy summer dress, ca. 1863 Contributed by Maine Historical Society Description This simple, plain white, unadorned organdy summer…

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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.

My Maine Stories

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Story

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

Penobscot haute couture designs from Bangor

Story

Wabanaki Fashion
by Decontie & Brown

Keeping the spirit and memories of our ancestors alive through fashion and creativity

Story

Growing up DownEast
by Darrin MC Mclellan

Stories of growing up Downeast

Lesson Plans

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Bicentennial Lesson Plan

Primary Sources: Daily Life in 1820

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12 Content Area: Social Studies
This lesson plan will give students the opportunity to explore and analyze primary source documents from the years before, during, and immediately after Maine became the 23rd state in the Union. Through close looking at documents, objects, and art from Maine during and around 1820, students will ask questions and draw informed conclusions about life at the time of statehood.