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Item 76336

Portable sawmill, Pleasant Lake, ca. 1910

Contributed by: An individual through Stetson Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Stetson Media: Photographic print

Item 8009

Portable gate hoist

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1900 Location: Portland Media: Photoprint

Item 19079

Portable fire pump, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Maine Forest Service Date: circa 1930 Media: Photographic print


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Civil Defense: Fear and Safety

In the 1950s and the 1960s, Maine's Civil Defense effort focused on preparedness for hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters and a more global concern, nuclear war. Civil Defense materials urged awareness, along with measures like storing food and other staple items and preparing underground or other shelters.


Eye in the Sky

In 1921, Guy Gannett purchased two competing Portland newspapers, merging them under the Portland Press Herald title. He followed in 1925 with the purchase the Portland Evening Express, which allowed him to combine two passions: photography and aviation.


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.

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Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag - A Look Inside the Classroom Over Time - Page 1 of 4

By 1930, most desks were portable, but were still used in the same way as the old desks and tables. However, in the 1960s, round tables became common…

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Mount Desert Island: Shaped by Nature - Summary: The Future: Recycle or Start from Scratch?

… along with power assembly tools including portable saws and nail guns make a compelling argument to just tear down and haul off the older buildings…

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Farmington: Franklin County's Shiretown - Chester Greenwood

… things – a pipe vise, an umbrella holder, and a portable camp. These were never patented. He built a beautiful Victorian house for his family.