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Vintage photos of:
Portland, Maine, circa 1900. "Longfellow's birthplace." The home where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in 1807, when Portland was part of Massachusetts. Off to the right, in front of the Block Shop: Two Shortfellows. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.