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Historical Items

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Item 1203

Ice scraping, Bowdoinham, ca. 1895

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1895 Location: Bowdoinham Media: Photographic print

Item 23127

Harvesting ice, Presque Isle Stream, 1966

Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society Date: circa 1965 Location: Presque Isle Media: Photographic print

Item 34195

Cascade Pond, Ice cutting, Hallowell, ca. 1932

Contributed by: Emma Clark Weeks through Hubbard Free Library Date: circa 1932 Location: Hallowell Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 86355

442 Commercial Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Portland Sebago Ice Company Use: Blacksmith Shop

Item 85851

1 Waldo Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Carrie S. Bayes Use: Store

Item 75930

469 Stevens Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Getrude M. Sullivan Use: Store - Ice Cream Parlor


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Ice: A Maine Commodity

Maine's frozen rivers and lakes provided an economic opportunity. The state shipped thousands of tons of ice to ports along the East Coast and to the West Indies that workers had cut and packed in sawdust for shipment or later use.


How Sweet It Is

Desserts have always been a special treat. For centuries, Mainers have enjoyed something sweet as a nice conclusion to a meal or celebrate a special occasion. But many things have changed over the years: how cooks learn to make desserts, what foods and tools were available, what was important to people.


High Water

Melting snow, ice, warmer temperatures, and rain sometimes bring floods to Maine's many rivers and streams. Floods are most frequent in the spring, but can occur at any season.

Site Pages

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Islesboro--An Island in Penobscot Bay - Businesses and Cottage Industries

Randlett. The ice cream shop still remains, now known as the Dark Harbor Shop. Dark Harbor Post Office, Islesboro, ca.

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Historic Hallowell - Ice Cutting

Forty-two ice houses like “Ice Mania”, covered the shores of the Kennebec River. Ice men are guiding ice blocks toward the steam-powered conveyor…

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Historic Hallowell - Ice Storm Comparisons

In the ice storm in Canada they lost their power due to a layer of ice weighing down the power lines. The ice kept coming until the wire snaps.

My Maine Stories

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History of Forest Gardens
by Gary Libby

This is a history of one of Portland's oldest local bars


Catching live bait with Grandfather
by Randy Randall

We never bought live bait for fishing. Grandfather caught all the minnows and shiners we needed.


A Maine Family's story of being Prisoners of War in Manila
by Nicki Griffin

As a child, born after the war, I would hear these stories - glad they were finally written down