The hermit of Portland, Maine in 1936 – [vintage pics] Do you know 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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One Response to The hermit of Portland, Maine in 1936 – [vintage pics] Do you know his real name?

  1. Hi Donna,

    These are wonderful photos! The man in the photo is named Charlie Coffin. He became something of a sideshow, for better of for worse, because of his association with a roadside attraction called the Desert of Maine. The nephew of the owner of the Desert of Maine built a log cabin for Charlie and then charged a dime for admittance to his house. I’m not sure who decided that he should be called the Hermit of Maine. In fact, he was an accomplished artist, musician, poet and inventor. I’d love to know more about the photos you found. I’m in the process of building a new installation for the Desert of Maine. I am the new owner and we are shifting focus and creating a center that is more focused on history, ecology and the process of reforestation. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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