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Welcome to the online archives of the Maynard Historical Society in Maynard, Massachusetts. Our online archive represents a fraction of the documents, photographs, artifacts and memorabilia that the Society has in storage and we are continuously working to catalog and make our collection available here for all to enjoy. Please read the "About" page for additional information on this project or the "Tips" page for ways to find and discover historical information.

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Powder Can


A can used to hold powder manufactured at the American Powder Mills, Maynard.

Tin Milk Pail


A tin milk pail.

Coffee Pot


A metal coffee pot.

Kerosene Can


The can was used to hold kerosene to fill lamps, in the days before electric lights.



This type of torchlight would be used in the so-called torchlight parades, at election times especially. It was filled with kerosene and burned…

Two Torchlights


Two metal torchlights possibly used for outdoor lighting. These are from the Parker St. Hall.

Kerosene Can


This kerosene can was used by Mr. Charles Ryan, watchman at the Walnut Street Gate of the Assabet Mills, to refill his lantern.



A wooden and metal torchlight, used for lighting lamps. It was used for lighting before electricity. It comes from the Parker Street Hall.

Maynard Carnival Sign - 2017


A red and white sign advertising the Maynard Carnival held June 30-July 4, 2017. The Maynard Police and Fire Associations were the sponsors. The…

Lauri's Flooring Sign


A white and black painted sign for Lauri's Flooring.

A & P Playstore


This cardboard pop up play store is a vintage A & P Supermarket Advertising Tabletop Play Store from the 1950s.

It consists of a die-cut and…

Dead Shot Stencil


A stencil used on "Dead Shot" products marketed by the American Powder Co. in Maynard, MA.

Dead Shot Powder Advertising Sign


An advertising sign for the Powder Mills "Dead Shot Powder" product. This powder was manufactured by the American Powder Company at it's mills in…

American Woolen Company Employee Sign


A white sign stating an attendance policy for American Woolen Company employees. The sign states: "Employees will not be allowed to enter the mill…

Astwood & Townsend Sign


Astwood & Townsend Plumbing business sign. Mr. Townsend was in the plumbing business with A. D. Holt. Mr. Astwood joined the firm and later Mr.…

Maydale Beverage Sign


A Maydale Beverage Company advertising sign that was used by the Maynard Bottling Company of Glendale Street, Maynard, owned an operated by Paul…

Lerer's Store Sign


A metal sign for Lerer's Store. The store outfitted the entire family with clothes and sundries. The store was owned by Samuel Lerer and located on…

Maynard Centennial Sign - 1971


Two Centennial sign posted at the outskirts of Maynard during the Centennial celebrations.

Wheeler Dealer Game - 1971


One of two games developed for the Centennial, along with The Game of Maynard. A board game of skill, strategy, and the "luck of the dice", for 2-6…



A vintage drum made of metal and mylar/polyester with a metal outer shell and colored blue and silver.