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moxie !

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

The weekend after July 4th draws near, and that means Moxie Fest, the annual weekend of celebration in Lisbon Falls begins!  Moxie was invented here in Maine by Dr. Augustin Thompson in 1876- and refined later in 1884 as America’s oldest mass-marketed soft drink. Moxie is the official beverage of the State of Maine, and there’s more to learn about the spicy soda-pop right here in the Portland Room.

A picture taken 1947 of a treasure-trove of Moxie, taken by a Portland Press Herald photographer.

“The Moxie Mystique,” from the stacks of the Portland Room describes all things Moxie.


summer explorations

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

There’s good reading to be found- and agreeable weather makes it easier to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some images from the large Portland Press Herald photographic negative collection we’re processing here in the Portland Room, plus a local field guide. Come on in and consult the sources for your adventures!

Taken in July 1951, here is a group of Brownies at Camp Blue Skies- a Girl Scouts Council of Greater Portland day camp. The group is working on handcrafts.

Here, the children are displaying their creative chart of leaves, as they prepare to present this at Camp Blue Skies- in Stroudwater. This photo appeared in the Portland Evening Express on July 26, 1951.

Now it’s your turn!


graphic design and the Portland Room

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

Among our niche collections in the Portland Room is an array of publications on the book arts and printing. We are welcoming more and more art students and designers to this part of the Library, as a resource for visual art processes.  Here are two selections on the topic of typographic design, old and and new!

Bocaccio frontispiece, as reproduced in the book, Early Venetian Printing : Illustrated (655.1 058 Art)

an expressive use of type forms, spelling “Jazz,” from Emil Ruder’s book “Typography : A Manual of Design” (655.2 R915-t Art).

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