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Historical Items

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Item 108736

Front Street, Bath, ca. 1897

Contributed by: Patten Free Library Date: circa 1897 Location: Bath Media: Photographic print

Item 33617

Wheelwright Building, Bangor, 1948

Contributed by: Bangor Public Library Date: 1948 Location: Bangor Media: Photograph, jpg

Item 9697

Main Street, Leeds, ca. 1910

Contributed by: Leeds Historical Society Date: circa 1910 Location: Leeds Media: Photographic print

Tax Records

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Item 38589

506 Congress Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Markson Bros. Use: Retail Clothier & Furniture Store

Item 51747

187-191 Federal Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: F.S. Waldron Realty Co. Use: Store - Retail Glass

Item 63638

13 Milk Street, Portland, 1924

Owner in 1924: Cyrus H. Farley Use: Store - Retail Glass


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"We are growing to be somewhat cosmopolitan..." Waterville, 1911

Between 1870 and 1911, Waterville more than doubled in size, becoming a center of manufacturing, transportation, and the retail trade and offering a variety of entertainments for its residents.


Atherton Furniture

LeBaron Atherton's furniture empire consisted of ten stores, four of which were in Maine. The photos are reminiscent of a different era in retailing.


Biddeford, Saco and the Textile Industry

The largest textile factory in the country reached seven stories up on the banks of the Saco River in 1825, ushering in more than a century of making cloth in Biddeford and Saco. Along with the industry came larger populations and commercial, retail, social, and cultural growth.

Site Pages

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Historic Clothing Collection - 1950-1960 - Page 4 of 4

… made under license in the United States for the retail market. This practice became common and many European couturiers came to rely on revenues…

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Life on a Tidal River - Main Street, Bangor, ca. 1945

… This view of Main Street shows the variety of retail businesses that defined downtown Bangor including Freese’s Department Store, Farrar Furniture…

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Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - The Carr O'Brien Block

… sail loft, boot and shoe factory, clothing factory, and now houses the Prison Showroom, a retail outlet for products manufactured by prisoners.

My Maine Stories

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A Lifelong Romance with Retail
by George A Smith

Maine's once plentiful small retail stores.


Co-founding Halcyon Yarn and learning to weave
by Hector Jaeger

Moving to Maine, Halcyon Yarn, and rediscovering the joy of weaving