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Gardiner's manufacturing and transportation advantages during the first half of the 20th century created one of the strongest local economies in the state. The city seal, adopted in 1849 when Gardiner became a city, flawlessly depicts the characteristics that shaped the community. Featured prominently on the seal is a river with falls to power manufacturing. A vessel represents transportation and trade, while an idealized city in the background reveals prosperous factories and commercial buildings. At the top is a lofty church tower, representative of the many churches in the city. Gardiner features many never-before-published postcards from the collections of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.
ISBN: 9780738563466
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Maine
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 217
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Danny D. Smith is chairman of the Special Collections Committee of the Gardiner Library Association and editor of an Edwin Arlington Robinson Web site. As curator of the Yellow House Papers, Smith has become an authority on Julia Ward Howe, Laura E. Richards, and the Gardiner family. Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. has been the director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission since 1976 and Maine state historian since 2004. In 1996, Smith and Shettleworth were coauthors of Gardiner on the Kennebec, in Arcadia's Images of America series.
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