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How Maine Changed the World by Nancy Griffin

As Down East Books® celebrates 50 years of great book publishing, it seemed appropriate to reflect upon the contributions Maine has made that have had significant cultural and historical impacts on both the United States and the World. 

Did you know that the caterpillar tread, common on bulldozers and tanks, originated from the design of Lombard's steam log hauler; or that the dry plate photographic process was created by the Stanley brothers, who also invented a speed-record setting steam powered car and whose sister, Chansonetta, was a well-known photographer in her own right? Maxim's machine gun forever changed the practice of warfare. The humble peavey is a simple tool well-known to any forester or lumberjack. The ubiquitous lobster boat, the microwave oven, earmuffs, and Monopoly-all came from the minds of Mainers. 

This book is a celebration of Maine's creative ingenuity - from the very large, such as Portland Head Light and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, to the very small, such as the toothpick and the Bean boot.

  • Color photos and B&W illustrations
  • Hardcover
  • 136 pages
  • Dimensions: 9.4"H x 7.6"W

ISBN: 9781608936311

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Down East Enterprise®, Inc., is a multimedia company based in Camden, Maine. The company’s flagship publication, "Down East: The Magazine of Maine", is the largest paid-circulation magazine dedicated to the Pine Tree State. A digital version of Down East was launched in February 2013. For nearly six decades, Down East has been the authority on Maine, and today continues to capture the reader’s attention with an insider look at contemporary life in Maine. People who love Maine, love Down East.

Down East Enterprise currently publishes "Shooting Sportsman", the world’s largest magazine dedicated to wingshooting and fine guns, and "Fly Rod & Reel", a quarterly publication for fly-fishing enthusiasts, in addition to "Down East". Down East also produces websites, mobile apps, and video programming via the Down East Channel.
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