Maine: Digitized Images: "Picturing Portland in the Digital Age"
Stored in the city tax assessor’s office for nearly 90 years, a remarkable collection of historic photographs of more than 10,000 Portland buildings is now being digitized so they can be readily accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.
The three-year project, involving thousands of hours of work, is expected to be finished this summer. In the meantime, with more than half the images already online, the city is launching the new website, www.mainememory.net/ptr.
The photos were taken in 1924 as part of a citywide tax revaluation. At the time, reform-minded politicians wanted to show the public that property valuations were being done in a fair and transparent manner and that nobody was getting any special favors.
Right now, the public can use the website to access a majority of the photographs.
Workers have been scanning and uploading the photos in alphabetical order by street name, and they have recently completed Mountfort Street. To find a building that has been uploaded to the site, just type in its street address.
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