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Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta

The Museum in the Streets

 
 
Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
1. Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta Marker
Inscription.

These buildings were built to house the E. C. Allen Publishing Company. Allen has been called the forerunner of the advertising agency business, the pioneer of low-priced mail order periodicals, and the creator of the premium idea in the sale of merchandise and magazine subscriptions. In 1880, Allen built a six-story office building across the street (demolished in 1987) and connected it to these buildings with a tunnel. Allen was a director of the Augusta National Bank, the Augusta Loan and Building Association, and the Cushnoc Fiber Company, as well as the largest shareholder of the Kennebec Steamboat Company. He was also president of the Augusta Board of Trade for three years. Allen died in Boston in 1891 at age 42. He is buried in Forest Grove Cemetery in Augusta.

Ces bâtiments furent construits pour abriter la maison d'édition E. C. Allen Publishing. On appelle Allen le précurseur des agences de publicité, le pionnier de la vente par catalogues à bon marché, et l'inventeur des primes pour l'achat de marchandises et abonnements à des magazines. En 1880, Allen construisit en face un bâtiments de six étages pour ses bureaux (démolis en 1987) et les relia à ces bâtiments par un tunnel. Allen était directeur de la banque Augusta National Bank, de l'Association Augusta Loan and Building, de l'entreprise

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By William Fischer, Jr., July 30, 2017
2. Augusta's Publishing Empire / L'empire de l'édition à Augusta Marker
Looking north along Water Street
Cushnoc Fiber Company, ainsi que le plus grand actionnaire de la Kennebec Steamboat Company. Il fut également président de la Chambre de Commerce d'Augusta pendant trois ans. Allen mourut à Boston en 1891 à l'âge de 42 ans. Il est enterré au cimetière de Forest Grove à Augusta.

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The first buildings on the block housed E. C. Allen's publishing company.

E. C. Allen building, c. 1880
 
Erected by Augusta Historic Preservation Commission, Kennebec Savings Bank, and the Maine Community Foundation. (Marker Number 23.)
 
Location. 44° 18.894′ N, 69° 46.468′ W. Marker is in Augusta, Maine, in Kennebec County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and Winthrop Street, on the left when traveling north on Water Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 286 Water Street, Augusta ME 04330, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Market Square / La place du Marché (a few steps from this marker); Flag Protest ~ War of 1812 / Drapeau en berne - Guerre de 1812 (within shouting distance of this marker); Granite Block / Un Bâtiment en granit (within shouting distance of this marker); United States Post Office / La Poste des Etats-Unis (within shouting distance of this marker); They Were Superior Buildings / Des bâtiments pittoresques (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Fire / Le Grand incendie (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboat Landing / L'embarquement des bateaux à vapeur (within shouting distance of this marker); Cornerstone Day / La pose des premières pierres (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Augusta.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Augusta, Maine (Varney, 1886). Includes references to E. C. Allen Publishing. (Submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. Edward Charles Allen at Find A Grave. (Submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Museum in the Streets Tour Map, Augusta, Maine. (Submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 81 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 5, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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