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.
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.
Portland's growth from 1786 to 1860 spawned a unique social and cultural environment and fostered artistic opportunity and creative expression in a broad range of the arts, which flowered with the increasing wealth and opportunity in the city.
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…
… 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…
… things – a pipe vise, an umbrella holder, and a portable camp. These were never patented. He built a beautiful Victorian house for his family.