Two views of Westbrook’s Main Street looking west. The old photo depicts a Memorial Day parade in 1940. The accompanying newspaper caption, from the May 31, 1940 edition of the Portland Press Herald, identifies the men marching in the parade as the Maine National Guard’s Company D, 103rd Infantry.

The color photo on the right shows the same location on the morning of Nov. 7, 2013. Click and drag the green slider to compare.

The historic photo comes from the Portland Room collection at the Portland Public Library, where the photographic negatives from the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Portland Evening Express are currently being archived and catalogued. In Flashback, we’ll periodically share some of our favorites from this collection, which spans from the 1930s to the 1990s. See more at

Historic photo from the Press Herald archives housed at the Portland Public Library; contemporary photo by John Patriquin, Staff Photographer.

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