Odds and Ends From The MUSEUM!
By Trudy Wyman, Curator, Millinocket Historical Society Museum
A new year! New items being added to the collection! As we have done each year, a complete set of The Lincoln News, Katahdin Region News has been added. Carol Page gave a garment bag that once held a purchase from Peter’s Family Fashions, a clothing store on Penobscot Avenue. Advertisements of all kinds from long gone businesses are always welcome. Ed Hamm stopped in with a photo of the 1971 Millinocket Recreation Department All-star basketball team of which he was a player. He also gave a Stearns & Schenck basketball schedule (1967-68). Also of interest is a booklet for 25 cent U.S. Defense stamps from the WWII era. A person could purchase the stamps (they were available in different denominations) and when the booklet was full, the person could purchase a U.S. Savings Bond. Hamm said the booklet survived a fire.
Every once in a while a box arrives from Randa LaPlante Fiztgerald in Alabama. The latest contained a metal blueberry rake, two sad irons and two child size shoe lasts. Part of the vision for when the second floor becomes available is to have an area on one floor dedicated to some of the many businesses that have been in town. The Millinocket Shoe Hospital is one business that we have a couple of larger pieces from. Also many individuals had shoe lasts for the making/repair of their own family footwear and several people have donated lasts and stands.
Randa’s box had a book, The Big Little World of Doc Pritham by Dorothy Clarke Wilson. This has been added to the museum’s Maine collection. Doc Pritham of Greenville often traveled by early snow sled across frozen Moosehead and other lakes to treat men from the logging camps in the GNP area.
Do you remember the record players that played 78 rpm records? If you wished to play a 45 rpm record in the 50’s or 60’s, they had a big hole in the middle and in order for them to fit on the spindle, they needed an adapter. Some record players had one that stayed on the spindle and you raised it out of the way for a 78 and lowered it for a 45. There were also colorful plastic adapters that one could insert for the 45’s. Randa sent a bagful of metal adapters made by the Webster-Chicago Corporation. One of these could be inserted and left in the record. Now we need one of the small portable record players that used these.
In the Museum Store!
*** Preowned yearbooks – $10.00 each.
*** Matted photos, various prices – GNP mill, Little Italy, river drives, Mt. Katahdin.
*** 2020 Calendars, a few left – Beyond the Mill ($10)
*** DVD’s from both Little Italy Part 1 and Part 2 are available at the museum ($15 each) or mail order ($15 each).
***Books available: “Within Katahdin’s Realm, Log Drives and Sporting Camps” (Bill Geller) $30.00; “Logging Towboats & Boom Jumpers” (Moody) $18.00; “Tanglefoot,” (Edwards) $15.00; “Millinocket” (D. Duplisea) $20.00; “A Little Taste of History” cookbooks – $15.00; both Laverty books.
*** All items may be mailed – add $5 SH each item.
***Museum open Thurs., Fri., Sat. Noon – 3PM, weather permitting.
*** For information, groups or appointments, contact Curator Trudy Wyman, 723-5477 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Millinocket Historical Society, P. O. Box 11, on the web at www.millinockethistoricalsociety.org or on Facebook.