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Historical Items

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Item 12747

Mayo Sardine Cannery, Brooklin, 1927

Contributed by: Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society Date: 1927 Location: Brooklin Media: Photo transparency

Item 12749

Sardine Canneries at Brooklin

Contributed by: Sedgwick-Brooklin Historical Society Date: circa 1920 Location: Brooklin Media: Photo transparency

Item 34049

Sardine carrier Jacob Pike, Thomaston, 1948

Contributed by: Rockland Historical Society Date: circa 1948 Location: Thomaston Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Early Fish Canneries in Brooklin

By the 1900s, numerous fish canneries began operating in Center Harbor, located within the Brooklin community. For over thirty years, these plants were an important factor in the community.


Washington County Through Eastern's Eye

Images taken by itinerant photographers for Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Company, a real photo postcard company, provide a unique look at industry, commerce, recreation, tourism, and the communities of Washington County in the early decades of the twentieth century.


Working Women of the Old Port

Women at the turn of the 20th century were increasingly involved in paid work outside the home. For wage-earning women in the Old Port section of Portland, the jobs ranged from canning fish and vegetables to setting type. A study done in 1907 found many women did not earn living wages.

Site Pages

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Lubec, Maine - Susie Calder: Lubec's Sardine Queen

Was everyone working in fishing or fish processing? S: Yes, in the factories, and at the can plant … and then, when they couldn’t do that, that’s why…

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Lubec, Maine - Canning Sardines in Lubec: Technology, the Syndicate and Labor

By 1880 there were five canneries in Eastport, and one in North Lubec. Fish processing, Eastport, ca.

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Lubec, Maine - Lubec History

Exports were salt and smoked fish, sardines, potatoes, hay, wood and other agricultural products. By 1880 the era of sail had given way to the rise…