Old Images of Portland, Maine: Historic Photos & Film

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Congress Street Portland Maine c1904
Congress Street, Portland, Maine, c.1904

Glimpse history through fascinating old images of Portland, Maine.

Old Photos of Portland, Maine

Old photo of Middle Street, Portland, Maine, taken from Free Street
Old photo of Middle Street, Portland, Maine, taken from Free Street. From the archives of the Mirian and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the Photography Collection of the New York Public Library.
Old photo of Middle Street, Portland, Maine
Old photo of Middle Street, Portland, Maine, looking East. From the archives of the Mirian and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the Photography Collection of the New York Public Library.
Old photo of Middle Street, Portland, Maine
Old photo of Middle Street, Portland, Maine. From the archives of the Mirian and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the Photography Collection of the New York Public Library.
Old photo of High Street, Portland, Maine
Old photo of High Street, Portland, Maine. From the archives of the Mirian and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the Photography Collection of the New York Public Library.
Old photo of Cumberland Street, Portland, Maine
Old photo of Cumberland Street, Portland, Maine. From the archives of the Mirian and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs at the Photography Collection of the New York Public Library.

Portland, ME: 1898 – 1920

Each of these old photos of Maine taken between 1989 and 1920 have clear titles added showing the location and approximate date, so you always know when and where you are.

Old photos of Portland(Maine)1898-1920 – oldstuff4all on YouTube

Franklin Street

This 14 minute video shows us what Franklin Street used to look like, and takes us through a period of demolition and ‘slum clearance’.

It’s packed with information and engaging old maps and photos. You can even see some of the contemporary newspaper articles about the redevelopment at the time it was planned.

History of Franklin Street, Portland, Maine – WhittenHouse on YouTube

Portland in the 1970s

In the 1970s, teenager John Duncan picked up his camera and wandered round the city streets taking pictures of the people and places he saw.

He published it as a book called Take it Easy: Portland, Maine in the 1970s.

History Facebook Groups

If you want to share memories and photo of Portland, Maine, or discover more about its history, you’ll find an incredible amount of community resources and discussions available in Facebook groups.

Here are some of the great groups free to join:

Portland Maine History 1786 to Present

Railroad history of Portland, Maine

Maine Historical Society

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