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Historical Items

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Item 29074

Fabric Sample & Paper Pattern, York Mills, 1842

Contributed by: Dyer Library Archives / Saco Museum Date: 1842 Location: Saco Media: Cotton, paper and ink

Item 80913

Martha Osgood letter about fabric, dresses, Bar Mills, 1862

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1862 Location: Bar Mills; Standish; Saco; Boston Media: Ink on paper

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Item 105489

Calico dress, ca. 1850

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

Exhibits

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Silk Manufacturing in Westbrook

Cultivation of silkworms and manufacture of silk thread was touted as a new agricultural boon for Maine in the early 19th century. However, only small-scale silk production followed. In 1874, the Haskell Silk Co. of Westbrook changed that, importing raw silk, and producing silk machine twist threat, then fabrics, until its demise in 1930.

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Samplers: Learning to Sew

Settlers' clothing had to be durable and practical to hold up against hard work and winters. From the 1700s to the mid 1800s, the women of Maine learned to sew by making samplers.

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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.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Fabric Adaptive Reuse

Fabric Adaptive Reuse View the Fabric Adaptive Reuse Slide Show In the past, when silk textiles were so expensive and new dresses required…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1930-1940 - Page 1 of 4

… changed the mood of the times, and of fashion and fabrics. The boyish, shapeless, twenties style disappeared, replaced by a more feminine…

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1870-1890 - Page 3 of 4

… solid colors the ground will be a dead, rep-like fabric, and the velvet figure will be quite large.” This fashion for contrasting plain and figured…

My Maine Stories

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Story

My 40 years in Forestry and the Paper Industry in Maine
by Donna Cassese

I was the first female forester hired by Scott Paper and continue to find new uses for wood.

Story

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

Penobscot haute couture designs from Bangor

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My life as a revolutionary knitter
by Katharine Cobey

Moving to Maine and confronting knitting stereotypes

Lesson Plans

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Longfellow's Ripple Effect: Journaling With the Poet - "My Lost Youth"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson is part of a series of six lesson plans that will give students the opportunity to become familiar with the works of Longfellow while reflecting upon how his works speak to their own experiences.

Lesson Plan

Longfellow's Ripple Effect: Journaling With the Poet - "Psalm of Life"

Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12, Postsecondary Content Area: English Language Arts, Social Studies
This lesson is part of a series of six lesson plans that will give students the opportunity to become familiar with the works of Longfellow while reflecting upon how his works speak to their own experiences.