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Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.

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    December 20, 2012

    Santa at the store, playing at the theatre and Dear Santa

    From the files of the Republican Journal in the Belfast Free Library December 23, 1854 “Old Santa Claus will be at the store of Hiram Chase, day and evening previous to Christmas and New Year. Don’t fail to call at 25 Main Street.” December 20, 1894 Concerning local industries “M.B. Lawrence has in process of manufacture over 7,000 garments, either in his shop or out among the sewing women of this vicinity.” “A …

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    December 13, 2012

    The Daguerreotype process, gold piece prize dance and Service Club does good works

    From the files of The Republican Journal at the Belfast Free Library Dec. 11, 1846 “P. Ulmer, Daguerrian Artist, would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Belfast and vicinity, that he has taken rooms over No. 2, Main Street, where he will take miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, in the most approved style — colored or plain, single or in groups, at all times of the day, without regard to dull …

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    December 6, 2012

    At the Opera House, market to open and international cartoon exhibit

    From the files of the Republican Journal in the Belfast Free Library December 2, 1853 The Penobscot Prematurely Closed ”During the recent cold weather, large masses of ice floating in the Penobscot, by compression and large scales running under the surface ice, have prematurely laid an embargo on the navigation at Bangor. The steamers went up with some difficulty on Saturday. Getting alarmed, they attempted to …

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    November 30, 2012

    Quiet Thanksgiving, Story Hour and a food drive…

    December 1, 1836 Married: At Walpole, Comfort Wetherbee, of Dedham, to Miss Unity Fisher, of W. There’s Comfort and Unity, In every community, When fished for by young or by old; May his Fisher’s be doubled. And in winter not troubled, Should the Weather-be ever so cold. December 1, 1887 “Thanksgiving day was unusually quiet in this city. The factories and a majority of the business places were closed. Religious …

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    November 21, 2012

    Egyptian mummy, flocks of poultry and tribute to centenarian

    November 21, 1851 “NEW BOOKS – H.G.O. Washburn has, among other late and important works: ‘Restoration of Monarchy in France’ by Lamartine, ‘Captains of the Old World’ by H.W. Herbert, ‘Sketches and Legends of the Rhine’ by Victor Hugo, the poet, and ‘Life of John Sterling’ by Thomas Carlyle.” November 22, 1894 “The Egyptian mummy on exhibition at H. A. Starrett’s dry goods store will be replaced next week by a …

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    November 15, 2012

    Teacher wanted, 'The Best Man' at Colonial and liter control

    Nov. 17, 1836 “The subscriber wishes to employ a person of competent qualifications to instruct a school in Freedom Village; There will probably be about 50 scholars. Applications must be made soon. Joseph Hockey.” Nov. 17, 1904 “The October number of the Mercury, the Belfast High School magazine, was issued last week. The table of contents includes the following: Thanksgiving, by Myrtle Nash; The Colonial …

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    November 7, 2012

    This week in history…

    November 9, 1849 “Launched: On Saturday, from the yard of Master L. R. Palmer, a fine barque of about 500 tons burthen, called the Lillias. She is owned by James P. White, White & Conner, A. W. Johnson, Josiah Farrow, Capt. Phineas Pendleton, H. H. Johnson, and L. R. Palmer, – and is to be commanded by Capt. Phineas Pendleton. This barque is coppered, double-decked, and her cabin is large and well finished. She …

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