It was employees, many unidentified in these images, whose work built the foundations of electrical service in the state.
The nature of work in the electric industry has changed over the past 120 years. Early workers relied on horse drawn wagons, mechanical technology, and their own agility, while workers today use bucket trucks, advanced digital equipment, and far more comprehensive safety devices.
Members of the Portland Cumberland County Power & Light crew at left, pose on truck No. 6-12.
The employees are, from left, Walter Pierce, Frankie Lambert, Bill Girard, Ray Benson, and Guy Hunter -- all on the bed of the truck; and Herman Prevost , Sid Boudnay, and Charley Foren, standing on the ground.
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