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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

Call number of Original

EX 07 JUN 1986 (interior view), and EX 22 OCT 1983 (exterior view)

Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Creation Date


Format of Original

35mm gelatin silver negatives


Views of Somma's Sandwich Shop, 361 Congress Street.

Somma's opened on Congress Street, next door to First Baptist Church, in 1979 after relocating from 71 Merrill Street (where the business began in 1977, in the former Merrill Street Market). 361 Congress had previously been the site of Park Department Store.
Somma's added a 2nd floor to their building in 1983. The church was demolished in September 1987, and Somma's closed two months later as the land on Congress Street between Pearl Street and Wilmot Street was purchased for redevelopment.

Left image: James Somma, with father-in-law Nunzi DiPietrantonio wrapping an Italian sandwich, at the Somma's Sandwich Shop counter.
Photo published in the Evening Express, on 7 July 1986.

Right image: Full exterior view of Somma's Sandwich Shop, with its newly-added 2nd floor, from south.
Photo published in the Evening Express, on 22 October 1983.


Portland, Me., Downtown Portland, Businesses, Congress Street

Image Location


Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.