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    1938: Iceman. Coley Welch hefts a block of ice off his truck for delivery.

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    1961: Television host. Dave Astor with a group of teenagers in a television studio for the live broadcast of "For Teen-Agers Only."

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    1953: Ticket seller for a 3D movie. "Bwana Devil" was shown in Natural Vision and Thrilling Color and even the woman in the box office wore the 3D glasses.

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    1938: Iceman. Coley Welch holds a block of ice using tongs while Frank Moon seems to be indicating the delivery will require climbing some stairs.

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    1942: Bakery sales and delivery person. Miss Jean A. Anderson, of West Falmouth on the job for Cushman's Bakery Products.

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    1937: Police sergeant, alleged safe cracker, patrolman. A dapper Sgt. Harold K. Maguire sits on the left having just given safe robbery suspect Wesley C. Smith a smoke while state Patrolman John K. Maguire looks intently into the camera.

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    1942: Western Union messengers. It's unclear who will get to ride the bike but Gloria Bonville, Sally Kane and Santa DiDonato stand at 13 Monument Square ready to be dispatched with messages.

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    1942: Organ grinder. This man is a hit with children on Congress Street.

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    1942: Gas station ration card puncher. James Peters fills Carl L. Pearson's tank while punching Pearson's gas card.

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    1938: Proto-Zamboni driver. A man clears the ice on the pond in Deering Oaks Park, wth the Castle in the background.

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    1940: Red Cross Motor Corps members. These women stand in front of a Red Cross car at the intersection of Plum and Middle streets preparing to distribute coin jars.

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    1946: Weathermen and weatherwomen.

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    1942: Street sweeper. George S. Herrick looks warm but cheerful on an August day while sweeping the corner of Forest Avenue and Congress Street.

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    1946: Friez Cycloray Recorder machine reader. Miss Gerry Bythrow of the Weather Bureau works on a Cycloray Recorder machine which tracked temperature and humidity.

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    1938: Fishermen. Men hoist a large fish from boat moored on the Portland waterfront.

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    1946: Weatherwoman. Lydia Black plots a weather map with a dip pen.

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    1942: Soda jerks in training. Six Portland High School girls training to be soda fountain servers each one holding up a malted.

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    1938: Nurse. A nurse, carefully masked, checks a very young infant.

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    1938: Tire shop mechanics.

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    1938: Teacher. Portland High School teacher William Simonton demonstrates a giant slide-rule.

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    1937: Suspect, police officer. Literally in the arms of the law, this man is unidentified.

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    1937: Salvation Army squash unloaders. This damaged photograph was probably taken in Portland.

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    1937: Instructor. What or where this guy is has been lost but there is definitely going to be some laboratory testing going on.

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    1937: Motorcycle policeman. Escorting a tractor-trailer on Washington Avenue past the Monroe Street intersection.

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    1939: Building steam cleaner. John Irving Shoes at 490 Congress Street gets a cleaning.

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    1938: Trolley car driver, conductor. This trolley, filled to the brim with joyful passengers, stops in Monument Square while on a special run .

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    1937: Ditch digger. Frank Vulsoni hydrates on a hot August day while digging a ditch on Montrose Avenue in Portland.

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    1953: Horse-drawn ice cream cart driver. The children seem more interested in the horse than the ice cream on this July day in Portland.

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