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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 14245

Artillery Machine Gun

Contributed by: Bucksport Historical Society Date: 1895 Location: Bucksport Media: Metal

Item 102042

Saco and Pettee Machine Shops order acknowledgement, Biddeford, 1908

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

Tax Records

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Item 62054

26 Warren Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Southworth Machine Company Use: Offices

Item 86042

28-86 Warren Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Southworth Machine Company Use: Factory

Item 86044

28-86 Warren Avenue, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Southworth Machine Company Use: Factory


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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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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Charles A. Shaw

They were among the largest sewing machines manufacturers in the country at the time, and they employed more than 6000 workers in five factories.

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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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Biddeford History & Heritage Project - Francis Spencer

Francis Spencer's name is on patents for both the machines and the process of making Vellux blankets.

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


Working at International Paper and being part of the community
by Gary Desjardens

Working for International Paper and volunteering for the Special Olympics of America