The hermit of Portland, Maine in 1936 – What was his real name?

You never know what interesting photographs you might run across while doing research.  Below are some pictures taken by Paul Carter, a Resettlement Administration employee in 1936 while his was visiting Freeport, Maine.  The man in the photographs must have been quite a character and very inventive. I’d love to know more about him.

The hermit of Maine playing his unique musical instrument, two organs and a piano combined

Hermit of Freeport, Maine playing his unique instrument photographer Paul Carter 1936 - Resettlement Administration

Hermit of Freeport, Maine standing outside his shack photographer Paul Carter 1936 - Resettlement Administration

The hermit of Maine playing his unique musical instrument photographer Paul Carter 1936 - Resettlement Administration

The hermit of Maine playing his unique musical instrument combination of two organs and a piano photographer Paul Carter 1936 -

Sign erected by hermit in Freeport, Maine photographer Paul Carter -

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