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Local history, Restaurants and Diners, Folk Culture, Material Culture, Native American Culture, Pop Culture, Vehicle Registration Plates, Number Plates, Local Business, Cultural Tourism, Tourists, Tourism Marketing


Human Ecology | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Sociology of Culture | Work, Economy and Organizations


Documenting a Region: Maine in Words and Photographs. Selling The Folk — A Special Issue on Folk and Pop Culture. Maine: The way life should be. That’s how Downeast folks and the landscape are romanticized to attract city dwellers.

  • 3 Nineteen Pine Street Contributors and notes about this issue.
  • 5 Maine Journal A new twist and some old potholes in the Maine turnpike widening controversy.
  • 6 From Folk to Pop and Back Again Salt invited scholars to a conference to talk about how folk culture and pop culture interact. Folk culture as in us authentic Downeast folk and pop culture as in us television watching, country music singing masses. We report that conference.
  • 20 Evolution of the Maine License Plate Folk influence on the Maine license plate-or it it pop? We take the plate from 1935 to our predictions for the 1995 look.
  • 26 Diner Revival Salt conducts a tour through Maine diners. The diner revival is a nostalgic pop movement — but the “folks” eat there, too.
  • 35 Diner People A photographic esssay by Tonee Harbert of traditional working class diners like the Deluxe in Rumford and recreated diners like Al’s in Portland’s trendy Old Port.
  • 44 Selling the Folk: Marketing Maine Culture Time was when Maine was marketed as a landscape for escape, vacationland. Now the whole culture is pitched. Come to Maine and discover “The Way Life Should Be.” Mingle with the folk who are simpler, if not better. Like in Grandpa’s times.
  • 58 Guide to Maine Eating If you want to eat where the locals eat, this is where you’ll find them — where prices are right and the talk is familiar.


Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies


Portland, Maine



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