From the June 16, 1940, Maine Sunday Telegram, a photograph of the Portland Farmers Market on Federal Street next to Lincoln Park. The accompanying caption reported that the three boys “found it fun when the biddies refused to stay on the scales, flapping their wings and cackling.”

The Portland Room of the Portland Public Library is in the process of organizing and conserving the archival collection of original Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Evening Express photographic negatives — a major collection that spans from 1937 to 2005. Find more photos at

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