Bangor Historical Society/WABI Collection
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Primary Format and Extent
film (650,000 ft.) : si. and sd., b&w and col. ; 16 mm. reversal pos. and dupe neg.
Collection Date Range
1948 - 1974
Collection contains television film from WABI-TV with a wide range of contents, including news stories, public affairs programs, commercials, political spots, sports stories, and shots of national, state and local politicians as well as people on the street and station personnel. Subjects covered include: attitudes and events during the Cold War and Vietnam War eras; President John F. Kennedy's speech in Orono in October 1963; reaction to the Kennedy assassination in November 1963; and events at Dow Air Force Base. There are about 30 pre-1958 stories, including a 1948 short film about Portland radio station WPOR and several stories about President Dwight D. Eisenhower receiving the first salmon of the Bangor (Penobscot River) fishing season.
Biographical/Historical Notes
WABI-TV is a CBS affiliate in Bangor. The station began broadcasting as an NBC affiliate in January 1953. Portions of this collection were used to create "Maine's TV Time Machine," a 34-minute compilation videotape. Dow Air Force Base was a primary employer in Bangor area until its closure in 1967. The city was affected by urban renewal in the 1970s. Collection also includes 16 mm. negatives and prints.

was affected by urban renewal in the 1970s. Collection also includes 16 mm. negatives and prints.

People and Organizations
Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy
Items in this collection: 8043
Showing 1 - 10 of 8043:
1) J. Barnhart, Gadget Master
Man in the studio in a kitchen set demonstrates a Gadget Master food slicer, juicer, garnish maker, trimmer, safety grater and towel.more
2) Groundbreaking -- Bangor Auditorium
Bangor: Ceremony including men digging and shots of landscape before construction was begun.more
3) Downtown Bangor
Bangor : Scenes of Main Street during Christmas shopping season at night. Shows WABI neon sign, a toy train in a department store window, the Sears Roebuck building, Citizens Utilities...more
4) Freeses Department Store, Bangor
Bangor : Long static night shots of Freeses Department Store lit up for Christmas. Also, some shots of the crowds on the streets and a look through the front windows of the store. Many...more
5) Queen City Time Capsule
Bangor : A time capsule is filled with memorials of the era and carefully lowered into the base of the Paul Bunyan statue in Bangor. Ref. 300.more
6) Bowl MOR Lanes
Exterior Bowl MOR Lanes, three men shaking hands, man bowls a strike. Ref. 300.more
7) Queen City Time Capsule
Bangor: Time capsule burying ceremony in front of Paul Bunyan statue including books, newspapers, and film for the capsule.more
8) Christmas Party at Dow Air Force Base
Santa's distribution of gifts including him posing with children and nuns.more
9) New York Giants
New York Giants football game against unidentified opponent. Shots of touchdowns, crowd, field, bench, coach, Miss Maine Vacationland, and Miss Maine.more
10) Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day at Air Force Base. Aircraft, crowds.more
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