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At the brink of World War II, the battleship U.S.S. New York stopped in Portland Harbor, preparing to patrol the North Atlantic.
On August 1, 1939, the U.S.S. New York anchored in Portland Harbor to give the men on board a week’s liberty, apparently much to the delight of the local girls, or, as an effusive reporter called them, “Portland’s pulchritudinous lassies.” The battleship carried 371 Naval Academy midshipmen, 755 enlisted men, and 57 officers who had been engaged in training exercises at sea.
The photo above was taken near the Grand Trunk Railroad pier, along eastern Commercial Street.
While the midshipmen enjoyed a tea dance at the Portland Country Club, readers of the Evening Express and the Portland Press Herald learned that the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, had a “dark but still hopeful view of the international picture” (see story in the far right column). Chamberlain’s policy of appeasement would end with Hitler’s invasion of Poland, exactly one month after these photographs were taken. Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939.
During the war, the U.S.S. New York participated in convoy operations. Once the war had ended, she served as a target during atomic bomb tests in the Marshall Islands in July of 1946, after which she was too radioactive for further service and was decommissioned.
Here are the original camera images which were used in the Portland Evening Express article, showing crew members of the U.S.S. New York plying their musical talents, and baking in the large ship’s kitchen.
Above: Exercising on rowing machines on deck.
Below: Writing letters home, and catching up on reading, aboard the U.S.S. New York.
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Search Essentials: the basics of ReferenceUSA
Day/Date: Fridays (August, September)
Time: 12:00 pm (1 hour)
Designed for the patron new to using our database, this hour-long session will cover all the basics of getting started with ReferenceUSA. The training will cover the Four Essentials anyone, particularly anyone new to ReferenceUSA, would want to know in order to be successful using the resource. This is also a great opportunity for current users to learn some new tips, tricks and techniques.
Attendees will learn how to use ReferenceUSA as part of their Career Searching Strategy. Included will be information on the importance of having accurate information for applications and resumes, creating engaging cover letters, assembling a network of references and referrers, finding key persons at a business to act as mentors, building datasets of potential employers based on skill set, work history and preferences as well as how to prepare for interviews and interactions through thorough research.
Start, Manage, Grow! Your Business using ReferenceUSA
Day/Date: Mondays (August, September)
Time: 4:00 pm (1 Hour)
Entrepreneurs and business owners will learn how to use ReferenceUSA to find the mission critical information necessary to start, manage and grow a business.
• name Search for Business
• locate hard to find vendors, both locally and nationally
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• find investors, venture capitalists and angels
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ReferenceUSA Consumer & Lifestyle Data
Day/Date: Alternating Tuesdays
Time: 3:00 pm (1 hour)
Ever wonder how marketers and advertisers ‘target’ specific messages to you? Find out how you access the same type of data for your neighborhood or city.
Anyone who is interested in understanding the purchase preferences of a community will find this data both interesting and informative.
Learn how to navigate this section of ReferenceUSA and then apply the data to your needs.
ReferenceUSA Mapping & Data Visualization
Day/Date: Alternating Tuesdays
Time: 3:00pm (1 hour)
Data Visualization is the next BIG thing in data. Going beyond static lists of information, ReferenceUSA can help you ‘visualize’ data elements on a map.
Great for understanding how locations relate to each other or seeing densities within a specific area, the ReferenceUSA mapping tools give you a new and powerful way to better understand the landscape.
Learn how to build a map to display results and how to manipulate the mapping tools to your advantage.
Among the Library’s growing offerings via Digital Commons, you may now visit our new portal of regional postcards. The screen shot, below, also provides a link to the general page. By browsing, you may enjoy the display as a slide show or as a way to view single images. More are on the way. Stay tuned, and enjoy these colorful views of the Portland area!
Looking at this postcard, from circa 1910-1920, we can observe the familiar and the structures of yesteryear.
Postcards also inform us about the images visitors and locals chose to send out to faraway places, representing the sights of a city such as Portland.