2017-07-27 / Front Page

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Volunteer Audra Blaney-Higgins’ father placed the winning bid on this original poster of Rudy Vallee, now on display at the Harmon Museum. Vallee, born in 1901, grew up in Westbrook and is considered one of the first pop stars of the 20th century. The museum is also exhibiting original creations of posters for concerts designed to resemble the originals. Volunteer Audra Blaney-Higgins’ father placed the winning bid on this original poster of Rudy Vallee, now on display at the Harmon Museum. Vallee, born in 1901, grew up in Westbrook and is considered one of the first pop stars of the 20th century. The museum is also exhibiting original creations of posters for concerts designed to resemble the originals.

Above, on Aug. 16, 1938, 18-year-old Almeda Gifun was crowned Miss Old Orchard Beach the same night Duke Ellington played a show at The Pier. Her daughter, Sherri Trimme, provided the trophy along with a photograph and the sash from that evening, all on display at Harmon Museum. (Grant McPherson photos) Above, on Aug. 16, 1938, 18-year-old Almeda Gifun was crowned Miss Old Orchard Beach the same night Duke Ellington played a show at The Pier. Her daughter, Sherri Trimme, provided the trophy along with a photograph and the sash from that evening, all on display at Harmon Museum. (Grant McPherson photos)

From left, Jeanne Guerin, Audra Blaney-Higgins, a cut out of Louis Armstrong and Jaynie Flaherty celebrate the musical history in Old Orchard Beach they feel many residents and visitors are not aware of. The women and other volunteers worked every Tuesday for 10 weeks to put on the exhibit, which opened the last week of June and closes Labor Day. Guerin said after the palace ballroom closed in 1964, musical acts began performing at The Ballpark in 1984. (Grant McPherson photos) From left, Jeanne Guerin, Audra Blaney-Higgins, a cut out of Louis Armstrong and Jaynie Flaherty celebrate the musical history in Old Orchard Beach they feel many residents and visitors are not aware of. The women and other volunteers worked every Tuesday for 10 weeks to put on the exhibit, which opened the last week of June and closes Labor Day. Guerin said after the palace ballroom closed in 1964, musical acts began performing at The Ballpark in 1984. (Grant McPherson photos)

This disco ball was constructed in 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio and hung in the Pier Ballroom. Its location was unknown after The Pier Ballroom was torn down in 1970. It was found and donated to the historical society in 1980 by Kathy Petit. This disco ball was constructed in 1917 in Cincinnati, Ohio and hung in the Pier Ballroom. Its location was unknown after The Pier Ballroom was torn down in 1970. It was found and donated to the historical society in 1980 by Kathy Petit.

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