Saturday April 19th 2014

From the archives

Did prohibition start because of a monkey fight in Maine?

Did prohibition start because of a monkey fight in Maine?
April 14, 2014

Neal Dow rallied against alcohol and got Maine to pass the first prohibition statute. But 40 years before that, Neal Dow was 7 years old and hanging out by a barber shop of Fore Street in Portland…

Mustaches of yesteryear: A Maine facial hair retrospective

Mustaches of yesteryear: A Maine facial hair retrospective
March 24, 2014

We at mainetoday.com welcome the 2014 Stache Pag (this Saturday) with wax and enthusiasm. However, we must add context to today’s mustache. Maine has a rich, bushy history of facial hair.

From the archives: St. Patrick’s Day in 1990s Portland

From the archives: St. Patrick’s Day in 1990s Portland
March 15, 2014

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the 1990s was all about shiny wigs, monster puppets and silly hats, according to this slideshow of file photos from the Portland Press Herald’s archives. So, not much has changed, really.

Maine’s Chester Greenwood patented “Ear-Mufflers” 137 years ago today

Maine’s Chester Greenwood patented “Ear-Mufflers” 137 years ago today
March 11, 2014

Chester was only 15 when he came up with the idea, and the first pair of earmuffs were purportedly made by his grandmother out of beaver fur and wire.

5 (true) legends every Mainer should know

5 (true) legends every Mainer should know
February 27, 2014

Remember that time when the steam ship sank with all the wax statues? No? And you call yourself a Mainer? Also: One missing corpse, a missing red purse, a dead elephant and a few Portland brothels.

The Black Dahlia lived on Munjoy Hill: An unsolved murder from the vaults

The Black Dahlia lived on Munjoy Hill: An unsolved murder from the vaults
February 14, 2014

It was 1947 and Beth Short moved from New England to Hollywood to escape her parents and become a famous actress. Instead, she was tortured, killed, dismembered and left in a vacant lot by a psycho killer police still have not identified. Well, we recently learned that Beth Short, AKA The Black Dahlia, lived on Munjoy Hill.

Old photos of Mainers in love … awkwardly looking at the camera

Old photos of Mainers in love … awkwardly looking at the camera
February 09, 2014

Why do all these couples look so upset in their 50th anniversary photos? Well, let me tell you …

Whoa! 30 kids having more fun than you are in the snow (vintage photos)

Whoa! 30 kids having more fun than you are in the snow (vintage photos)
January 29, 2014

Instructions for joy: Go to your barn. Get your sled. Walk up a hill. Slide down the hill. Repeat.

Toys of Christmases past: 40 toys you never forgot (or maybe you did)

Toys of Christmases past: 40 toys you never forgot (or maybe you did)
December 23, 2013

Maybe it was a tub of Tinkertoys. Maybe it was G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, or a pair of sunglasses that doubled as a squirt gun. Many of us remember that one toy we couldn’t live without – that one Christmas gift we sought out under the tree with the same frantic enthusiasm we now save for those rare and special occasions when we remember we left a half-eaten quart of ice cream in the freezer.