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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

Call number of Original

EX 30 JAN 1988 and EX 6 FEB 1988

Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Creation Date


Format of Original

35mm gelatin silver negatives


Views of Sam's Harbor Lunch, 210 Commercial Street. The popular breakfast and lunch eatery at Central Wharf relocated from 109 Commercial Street in 1984 (where the restaurant had been since 1968- succeeding tenants such as Celia's Lunch, Sid's Lunch, and Ted's Lunch).
Sam's was forced to close in February 1988, due to the sale and redevelopment of Central Wharf (the project named Fisherman's Wharf), following a controversial waterfront referendum.

Left image: Exterior view of Sam's Harbor Lunch, 210 Commercial Street. Widgery Wharf at right.
Photo published in the Evening Express, on 30 January 1988.

Top right image: Diner owner Sam Minervino, with staff: Marion Thayer, Lisa Cressey, Victoria Thayer, and Monique Hutchins.

Bottom right image: Sam's Harbor Lunch regular customers Larry Wheeler and pilot boat captain Charlie Whalen.
Right photos published in the Evening Express, on 6 February 1988 (the last day of business at Sam's)

See Additional Files links- below- for:
* A view of customers at Sam's counter.
* A general view of the dining room at Sam's.
* The complete Sam's Harbor Lunch MENU from 1982.

EX 06 FEB 1988 fr33_WTM.JPG (4383 kB)
Sam's Harbor Lunch counter - February 1988

EX 30 JAN 1988-2-1_WTM.JPG (4435 kB)
Sam's Harbor Lunch dining room - February 1988

Sam's Harbor Lunch 1982.pdf (1181 kB)
Sam's Harbor Lunch MENU - 1982


Portland, Me., Old Port, Businesses, Commercial Street, Menu


Image Location


Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.