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Historical Items

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Item 12375

McDowell Garment Drafting Machine, 1912

Contributed by: Southern Aroostook Agricultural Museum Date: 1912 Location: Littleton; New York Media: Brass

Item 102042

Saco and Pettee Machine Shops order acknowledgment, Biddeford, 1908

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1908-02-14 Location: Biddeford; Brunswick Media: Postcard

Item 80394

Elliott hand cranked addressing machine, ca. 1925

Contributed by: Maine's Paper & Heritage Museum Date: circa 1925 Location: Livermore Falls Media: Metal

Tax Records

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Item 86302

Machine Shop, Commercial Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Pauline Willis Use: Machine Shop

Item 86861

Marine Machine Shop, Portland Pier, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Proprietors of Portland Pier Use: Marine Machine Shop

Item 86288

Machine Shop, Commercial Wharf, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Jones Real Estate Company Use: Machine Shop

Architecture & Landscape

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Item 110184

Machine Shop for the Thos. Laughlin Co., Portland, 1905-1920

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1905–1920 Location: Portland; Portland Client: Thomas Laughlin Co. Architect: John Calvin Stevens John Howard Stevens Architects

Item 110055

Alterations to Kimball Block, Portland, 1903-1925

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1903–1925 Location: Portland Client: Eastman Bros. & Bancroft Architect: John P. Thomas

Online 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.


Yarmouth: Leader in Soda Pulp

Yarmouth's "Third Falls" provided the perfect location for papermaking -- and, soon, for producing soda pulp for making paper. At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th, Yarmouth was an international leader in soda pulp production.


Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - Lace and fringe trimmed walking dress, ca. 1865 - Page 1 of 4

"The bodice is trimmed with machine-made blue fringe, knotted at the header, and black machine-made lace at the neck, peplum waist (short, gathered…"

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Western Maine Foothills Region - For The Love Of Paper - Page 2 of 4

"12 machine. Room also was required to house new super calenders. These went into production in 1948."

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

"… rayon full length georgette evening dress with machine lace detailing and featuring the same striking wide panel of machine lace inset at the…"

My Maine Stories

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I work as a Journeyman Mechanic, or Millwright at Catalyst
by Linda Deane

Working on a paper machine and as a Millwright can be challenging as a woman and a Union Rep.


If you wanted a good job, the mill was the place to be.
by Brent Gay

Changes in the paper industry, labor strikes, and the community around International Paper's mills


Translating 1890 Passamaquoddy Wax Cylinders
by Dwayne Tomah

Dwayne Tomah (Passamaquoddy) discusses the importance of 1890 recordings