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    Bozo the Wonder Dog broadcasting - probably on WGAN, during his week-long visit to Portland.

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    Although America was not at war, everyone threw themselves into collecting aluminum which was a critical metal used in aircraft, radar chaff and in shipbuilding.

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    Seemingly no sense of urgency, but in the era before seat belts, this probably resulted in injuries. This rolled over car is viewed by onlookers at Foster's Corner in Windham

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    Tommy Pullen and Nundi Romano work freight at the Casco Bay lines ferry dock on Custom House Wharf. The sign advertises the Greenwood Playhouse on Peaks.

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    The sinking of the cabin cruiser the Don was one of the tragedies of 1941. An overloaded boat set out for Monhegan Island with 34 people aboard. It was last seen by a keeper of Sequin light. The boat disappeared and there were no survivors. Edward Roach, left, and Simon Anderson stand on the Bailey Island Wharf, both fathers who lost children in the disaster. The bodies of their children had not yet been recovered.

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    Here Ed Craine, described as Maine's youngest barber, works on a worried looking client.

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    Gov. Sumner Sewall, right, consults with Harpswell lobsterman Elroy Johnson as family members and others wait for news of the doomed boat, the Don on the Bailey Island dock. Elroy Johnson was the model for the statue of a lobsterman in Lobsterman Park at the corner of Temple and Middle streets in Portland.

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    Cape Elizabeth???? Not the mild-mannered suburb of today. Here Deputy Sheriff John Morris and Sheriff Arthur MacDonald stand with a radio, adding machine and other equipment seized from an illegal horserace betting operation in Cape Elizabeth.

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    Crazy traffic situation in South Portland's Legion Square. A policeman stands where there is now a roundabout and a gas station occupies the corner where there is now a small park and the post office (visible behind the station) parking lot.

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    This seems like a somewhat disturbing way to salute the American flag, especially in 1941. Here Campfire Girls and Bluebirds patriotically salute their flag in Baxter Woods.

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    The Portland police took the speed limit seriously.

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    Sgt. Granville Seaman and and Capt. William Hancock (nice beanie!) load slot machines into the back of a truck in Old Orchard Beach. State police seized 17 slot machines and charged eight people from Saco with illegal gambling.

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    Joseph Pinsiero, a friend of several of the victims of the sinking of the Don, scans a copy of the Press Herald in this damaged photo. Thirty-four people, most of them from Rumford and Mexico, drowned when the Don went down. The boat was never found but 14 bodies were recovered and debris, some of it charred, turned up on various islands. An attack by a German submarine was ruled out and it is thought the boat was overloaded with passengers which led to the disaster.

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    Philip Tirabassie and Ann Tirabassie play golf at the Riverside course.

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    The was almost the last chance to get a Hudson Coupe until after the war. The government ordered the company to stop production in 1942. The building at 14 Cottage Rd. in South Portland, refigured or perhaps rebuilt, looks similar today.

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    Armed with a toy rifle and wooden swords and wearing saucepan helmets, Robert King, Robert Hinds, Johnny Morse and Leroy Hutchins deliver aluminum to the Bath City Hall.

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    Limbs block Cottage Road after a violent thunderstorm moved across the city and caused heavy damage. Trees and limbs fell across telephone and power lines, throwing half the city into darkness and disrupting telephone service to 500 houses.

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    Alfred Brown, 13, George DeWitt, 12 and Howard Brown, 14, look through the office window at Portland Police headquarters as they returned a billfold containing $67 which they found on the floor of a Congress Street store. In 1941, $67.00 was the equivalent of $1,167.22 in 2019.

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    The patriotic Mrs. Maud Jones, of 57 Hanover Street in Portland. Mrs. Jones was devoted to saluting the flag and the small flag on her front door was accompanied by a sign that read "All who enter here salute the American flag or else be on your way."

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    Some of the 200 angry citizens of South Portland who protested a petition of the Portland Pipe Line Co. to erect four crude oil tanks in Pleasantdale and two on Front Street. Despite the outpouring of criticism for the project, the South Portland City Council unanimously gave its approval. The council tabled consideration of a petition protesting a right of way from Rigby Terminal to the three new shipyards being constructed on the South Portland shore.

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    Bozo, the World's Mind-Reading Dog visiting sick children. The nurse at right is giving the group the side eye, either because of the dog or a potential troublemaker among the kids. Bozo took time out from his commercial appearances to cheer up the sick and orphaned.

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    Although the United States wouldn't enter W.W. II for another five months, everyone recognized that it was imminent. The Columbia Barber Shop at 643 Congress St. displayed a "V" for victory emblem.

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    Heavy traffic on Ocean Street in South Portland.

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    Bozo the World's Mind-Reading Dog. He did addition and subtraction; gave dates on coins; picked cards from a deck and performed "many other uncanny and baffling tricks." Bozo was also able to tell shoppers the price and features of a Philco refrigerator at the Philco salesroom at the corner of Kennebec and Preble Streets.

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    Frances Plaisted, Louis Benoit and Martha Bradford in a rowboat probably in South Portland. The punt was named for the British battleship "Warspite."

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    Collecting aluminum wasn't just for children. Men in fedoras and women wearing spectator pumps also took part as evidenced by the group standing in front of a kind of aluminum corral erected at Portland City Hall.

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    Beverly Cushman, Shirley Johnson and Beatrice Foster line up for their physical exam for camp with Dr. Harold V. Bickmore.

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    Workers sewing shoes at the Daly Brothers Shoe Plant in Belfast The plant had received its third order to make military shoes. The consignment required the work of 300 people while another 300 were busy making civilian shoes.

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    Inspecting military boots made in Belfast at the Daly Brothers Shoe plant.

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    Before there was Andre the seal (R.I.P. 1968) there was Oscar the seal. Here Oscar is petted by Clinton Jones who operated a fish market in Bath. Oscar was found in the Kennebec River in Phippsburg.

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    Brian Curtis Oliver of 118 Preble Street in South Portland is confronted with dead fish and really doesn't know what to think.

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    Dr. Walter Hall examines the tonsils of Donald Robishaw as David Willy looks on in Rockland. David and Donald, both 5, are being checked by the doctor as part of a pre-school clinic.

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    Lou Nova, aka the Cosmic punch, was in Jackman with his wife Hertha and his daughter Hertha Lou. Nova was preparing to meet world champion Joe Louis in September. That bout didn't go well for Nova but he kept fighting for a few more years and eventually became a movie actor.

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    More than 100 short wave radio amateurs met in Oakland Park in Rockland. Waldo R. Tyler, of Rockland attempts to work his ham radio from a car.

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    Ringling Bros. circus was in Portland and these boys found a way to sneak a peek at the action.

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