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Category: Science & Technology, Inventions & inventors

Historical Items

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Item 23401

Sparrow patent application receipt, 1827

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1827-12-10 Location: Portland Media: Ink on paper

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Item 23402

Sparrow button patent, 1876

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: 1876 Location: Worcester Media: Ink on paper

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Item 27641

Electrolytic Marine Salts Co.(Klondike) Plant No.1, North Lubec, ca. 1930

Contributed by: Lubec Memorial Library Date: circa 1930 Location: Lubec Media: Photographic print

Online Exhibits

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Taber Wagon

The Taber farm wagon was an innovative design that was popular on New England farms. It made lifting potato barrels onto a wagon easier and made more efficient use of the horse's work. These images glimpse the life work of its inventor, Silas W. Taber of Houlton, and the place of his invention in the farming community

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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.

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Capt. Grenville F. Sparrow, 17th Maine

Grenville F. Sparrow of Portland was 25 when he answered Lincoln's call for more troops to fight the Confederates. He enlisted in Co. A of Maine's 17th Volunteer Infantry regiment. He fought in 30 battles between 1862 and the war's end in 1865.

Site Pages

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Dancing Fraternity, City of Bangor, 1868

Dancing Fraternity, City of Bangor, 1868 John Martin: "Terpsichorian of the Old School" John Martin, Bangor, ca.

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Part 1, pages 000-26

Part 1, pages 000-26 Martin begin his Scrap & Sketch Book with information about the Bangor House and Franklin House, and his theme throughout much…

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John Martin: Expert Observer - Intro: pages 139-194

Intro: pages 139-194   Part 3, pages 139-194 Approximately 1840-1844 John Martin, still a teenager in the experiences he recollected, already…

My Maine Stories

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Story

Working as a telephone operator in the 1940s
by Doris Tardy

Working as a telephone operator in 1946 was new and exciting, and challenging.

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My 40 years in Forestry and the Paper Industry in Maine
by Donna Cassese

I was the first female forester hired by Scott Paper and continue to find new uses for wood.