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Historical Items

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Item 74198

Shaylor Engraving Company, Portland, ca. 1900

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Portland Media: Photographic print

Item 10885

Engraving of James Sullivan, ca. 1800

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1800 Media: Engraving

Item 18978

General Washington Before the Battle of Trenton, c. 1845

Contributed by: Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum Date: 1845 Location: Trenton; Trenton Media: Engraving

Exhibits

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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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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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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.

Site Pages

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Jacob Abbott and Fewacres, Farmington, 1903

Inset is an engraved image of Jacob Abbott. He was born in 1803 in Hallowell and died in Farmington in 1879.

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Julia Harris May poetry collection, 1903

Blue, Jacob and Alexander Abbott. Also includes engravings and photographs of Strong and Farmington.

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Lubec, Maine - Lubec's 1911 Centennial Celebration - Page 2 of 2

This engraving, which is eleven feet long by three feet wide is handsomely framed in dark oak and reinforced with brass stays.

My Maine Stories

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Story

The Wall
by Michael Uhl

What it means to have beaten the odds

Lesson Plans

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Celebrity's Picture: Using Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Portraits to Observe Historic Changes

Grade Level: 3-12 Content Area: Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts
"In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book?" Englishman Sydney Smith's 1820 sneer irked Americans, especially writers such as Irving, Cooper, Hawthorne, and Maine's John Neal, until Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's resounding popularity successfully rebuffed the question. The Bowdoin educated Portland native became the America's first superstar poet, paradoxically loved especially in Britain, even memorialized at Westminster Abbey. He achieved international celebrity with about forty books or translations to his credit between 1830 and 1884, and, like superstars today, his public craved pictures of him. His publishers consequently commissioned Longfellow's portrait more often than his family, and he sat for dozens of original paintings, drawings, and photos during his lifetime, as well as sculptures. Engravers and lithographers printed replicas of the originals as book frontispiece, as illustrations for magazine or newspaper articles, and as post cards or "cabinet" cards handed out to admirers, often autographed. After the poet's death, illustrators continued commercial production of his image for new editions of his writings and coloring books or games such as "Authors," and sculptors commemorated him with busts in Longfellow Schools or full-length figures in town squares. On the simple basis of quantity, the number of reproductions of the Maine native's image arguably marks him as the country's best-known nineteenth century writer. TEACHERS can use this presentation to discuss these themes in art, history, English, or humanities classes, or to lead into the following LESSON PLANS. The plans aim for any 9-12 high school studio art class, but they can also be used in any humanities course, such as literature or history. They can be adapted readily for grades 3-8 as well by modifying instructional language, evaluation rubrics, and targeted Maine Learning Results and by selecting materials for appropriate age level.