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    1940: Richard Berner holds a large block of ice and opens his mouth to the icy drips as his brother Robert looks on.

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    1938: Children having a wonderful time and keeping cool in the Lincoln Park fountain in mid-August.

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    1940: Children with open fire hydrant. .

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    1963: Beating the heat with a can of orange soda and a pot of cold water.

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    1972: Just helping to keep a fellow camper cool.

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    1955: Twins Kathleen and Katharine Kelley and their dolls are not relying on just a breeze to keep them cool in late August.

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    1944: Cooling off in "the breezy dome of groves, The shadows of Deering's Woods.."

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    1944: As adults cooled off in the shade, children splashed in the Deering Oaks Park pond.

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    1942: Hijinks in the Pullen Fountain on Federal Street behind the Central Fire Station.

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    1940: Looking worried - and no wonder - a woman is packed into a cake of ice as part of a carnival act in late August.

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    1949: Dorothy L. McLoon heads up the the gangplank of the Sabino, a Casco Bay Lines ferry in the reserve fleet, probably pressed into service during the busy summer months. Dorothy is not just going to rely on island breezes to stay cool.

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    1939: Dickie Nelson helps his brother Robert and friend Robert Pike keep cool in South Portland.

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    1948: Jackie Lemieux of Westbrook is all set at the beach with her Emerson radio.

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    1940: Teenagers at East End Beach.

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    1940: Boys with homemade scooters pull up to a lemonade stand in Lincoln Park.

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    1939: So many things were legal in the past, including throwing yourself off of a bridge to keep cool.

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    1962: Children enjoying the fountain at the Peppermint Park playground on Cumberland Avenue, near Smith Street.

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    1938: The contestants in the Willard Beach swim meet.

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    1939: Loraine Levesque fans Tiny the Cat on Carleton Street.

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    1948: Dianne Sawyer and Genevieve Keezer cooling off in late August.

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    1937: Hot weather did not stop these Portlanders from dressing up in coat and ties at a gathering near the docks.

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    1938: A hot day attracts many children and a dog to the floating dock at East End Beach.

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