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Historical Items

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Item 48886

Black fur top hat, Portland, ca. 1855

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1855 Location: Portland Media: Beaver fur, silk

Item 35489

Fur trader, Aroostook County, ca. 1895

Contributed by: D'Anne Baillargeon through Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library Date: circa 1895 Media: Glass Negative

Item 89

Winter carnival, Portland, 1924

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society/MaineToday Media Date: 1924 Location: Portland Media: Glass Negative


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Indians, Furs, and Economics

When Europeans arrived in North America and disrupted traditional Native American patterns of life, they also offered other opportunities: trade goods for furs. The fur trade had mixed results for the Wabanaki.


Hunting Season

Maine's ample woods historically provided numerous game animals and birds for hunters seeking food, fur, or hides. The promotion of hunting as tourism and concerns about conservation toward the end of the nineteenth century changed the nature of hunting in Maine.


Wiscasset's Arctic Connection

Scientist, author and explorer Donald B. MacMillan established Wiscasset as his homeport for many of the voyages he made to the Arctic region starting in the early 1920s.

Site Pages

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Early Maine Photography - Human Interest

… unidentified young man in a large Russian style fur cap and a fur scarf. Weather resistant clothing is also the feature of a tintype of a young man…

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Historic Hallowell - Meeting at Koussinok

The interests of the Plymouth men were entirely commercial; the sale of the furs would help to retire debts they owed to England.

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Lincoln, Maine - Gordon's Fox Farms

People from New York came to buy furs a lot. Furs were expensive, so Gordon’s farms went bankrupt when people stopped buying them.