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Spoiled Nan: 1911

Spoiled Nan: 1911

Eastport, Maine. August 1911. "Nan de Gallant, 4 Clark Street, 9 year old cartoner, Seacoast Canning Co., Factory #2. Packs some with her mother. Mother and two sisters work in factory. One sister has made $7 in one day. During the rush season, the women begin work at 7 a.m., and at times work until midnight. Brother works on boats. The family comes from Perry, Maine, just for the summer months. Work is very irregular. Nan is already a spoiled child." View full size. Lewis W. Hine.

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Clark Street

If this photo was taken on Clark Street and Nan is standing in front of #4, it's not there anymore. Looks like Clark has been widened quite a bit, as well. Number 5 Clark, the blue-greenish house, may be a survivor from 1911; it's hard to tell. This old photo makes it look more like a lane than a street, but both the old view and this GoogleMaps view terminate at the water - or, what might be termed a landing, so who can say for sure?

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Strange but...

The girl behind Nan definitely looks like her head is on backwards!

Nan 4

Thanks for the second look, I felt bad for a few minutes

Spoiled Nan and Her Arm

She didn't lose her arm. Another photo of Nan, also taken in August 1911:

She's lost her arm at the factory.

The comment that she is spoiled has a very different meaning than we assume today. Nan is not a brat. She has lost a limb in the canning plant, and thus is spoiled from being fit for productive labor.

[She did not lose her arm. See photo above. - Dave]

Behind Her back

I think she's hiding a Glock 9. Perhaps a little something for the photographer?

Nan 3

Is she hiding something behind her back?

Spoiled Nan ...

is a constant problem in Bangalore during the summer.

Nan 2

As I look a second time, I think she is mad at me!!!!

[Maybe she was a forum moderator???? - Dave]


per the look on her face, she heard somebody calling her a spoiled child

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