Occupational Activities

Hey mister, want a shoe shine? Portland, circa 1908

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When Jacob Levinsky was 12 years old, he shined shoes on the Casco Bay Ferry using this box. Management let him ride the ferry for free in return for stacking chairs and sweeping. Jacob went on to open a clothing store, Levinsky’s, at the corner of Congress and India Streets.

Courtesy of Phil Levinsky