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“…to the Spring and its glorious happiness”

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

Yes, they’re playing and singing a toast to dear old Maine, in 1937, with the famous Rudy Vallee at the baton! Clicking in the image to enlarge it, you’ll see the name “Stein Song” on the kids music sheets. (The auditorium appears to be in the old Lincoln Junior High School- today’s Lincoln Middle School- which was the original Deering High building.)

This image is part of the Library’s Archives, being processed and indexed in the Portland Room.

Happy Spring, Everyone!


Portland History and the “Valentine Bandit”

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Art & Culture | Portland History

The photo below was our Valentine’s Day treat in 2010. Already two years ago! Notice the Library’s first-phase renovation was nearly done, as seen in the photo. Still, Portland’s mysterious Valentine Bandit saw fit to visit us!

Valentine’s Day 2010

Since Valentine’s Day 1976, each February 14th has greeted Portlanders with paper and banner-style valentine heart decorations. One year, Fort Gorges in Casco Bay was draped in a large valentine. This year, the huge heart banner is suspended on the Portland Museum of Art. Paper valentines, as usual, are taped on downtown shop windows- and along the front of the Library today.

Here’s an entry from the Portland Now blog about Portland’s annual Valentine phenomenon.

Today’s Portland Daily Sun features an article with some fascinating background about Valentine’s Day in Portland.


Back to school

posted: , by Abraham
tags: Library Collections | Adults | Teens | Kids & Families | Seniors | Portland History

Yes, it’s that time of the year- for nursery school children and post-grad university students alike, along with all of us that teach and support the learning process. To commemorate the Back to School season, the Library wishes good studies (bonnes études!) with a few selections from the Archives in the Portland Room.

Getting on the bus begins the journey! This was taken in 1955.

 

“Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance!” Shopping for school supplies at Grant’s Department Store, downtown Portland, in 1958.

Pupils’ desks being readied for the new school year. Photo taken in 1958.

Portland High School students in their scholastic finery, in 1956.

On the steps at Portland High School- in more casual fashion. This was taken in 1956.

North School children at work! This was taken in September 1974, at the Munjoy Hill school.

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