Friday, March 8, 2013

Some more Maine history

Lubec, Maine c1910 - click to enlarge
Photo: Eastern Illustrating and Publishing Co. collection
via Bangor Daily News
  The children in the photo turned and smiled for the camera (with a glass plate negative).  These kids were on their way to work.  They worked, at ages 10-12 in that new factory behind them on the right.  The factory was American Can Co., and this plant manufactured 350 million cans a year for the sardine canneries in Lubec and others in the area.  I can only imagine the machinery around which these children worked.  That's the way it was in those days.
The Willows in Steuben, Maine c1909 - click to enlarge
Photo: Eastern Illustration and Publishing Co. collection
via Bangor Daily News
  Built in 1785 by Dr. Ebenezer Handy the large house on the Wharf Road it was the oldest house in Steuben before it was destroyed by fire.  This photo above shows a neighborhood collection of folks out for a drive in the brand new Model T Ford; it must have been a nice summer day. 
  The house fell into disrepair and was destroyed in a controlled burn by the newly formed Steuben Fire Department at the 4th of July picnic - fireworks I guess.

Sawyer Square, Jonesport Maine 1896 - click to enlarge
Photo: Jonesport Historical Society via
Bangor Daily News
  Built in 1896 at a cost of $2485 it was a general store, ship chandlers and customs office on the first floor with living quarters on the top two floors. 
  Over the years it has served many purposes, during World War Two the U S Navy had a dental office in the building and the U S Coast Guard dispensed refrigerated goods to the residents.  The Worcester Insurance Agency worked in the building from 1932-1994, and the top floors became a Masonic Lodge.  A lot of history in these old buildings.

1 comment:

  1. At least you have a good state to live in, in
    ND the crime rate has gone up 240 per cent since
    the oil boom. I would rather have the old ND
    back. Wilbur