In a Press Herald photograph from December 1954, kids on winter break put on ice skates at the edge of Deering Oaks pond in Portland. Sixty-one years later, skaters enjoyed a newly opened refrigerated rink on Thompson’s Point, seen in the Dec. 12 photograph below.

Patrons enjoy a skating session at The Rink at Thompson's Point Saturday, December 12, 2015.

Patrons enjoy a skating session at The Rink at Thompson’s Point Saturday, December 12, 2015. Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer John Patriquin /Staff Photographer

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 www.pressherald.com/flashback/.