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1912 Dona Marchland or Lamarche
New Bedford

Dona Marchland
At the time that this picture was taken she had been a doffer in the spinning room at the Cartwright Mills for 5 months.

Young children worked in mills at an unusually early age in some cases to help support the families.

She lived in the apartment on the top floor of the building in the photo.

If you look at the reflection in the window glass, you can see a horse and carriage and the building across the street.

The store window on the right in the picture appears to be a liquor store.

In the notes for the original photo she is listed at 1187 Pleasant Street in New Bedford.
However there is no such address in the city.

At 1187 Purchase Street in the 1912 city directory there is a fireman named Existe Lamarche; notation errors considered it is possibly her parent.
There is no listing for anyone named Marchland in New Bedford at that time.

The two streets run parallel to each other and are often confused by visitors to the city as was the photographer.

If you click on the photo you can see a more detail.

1912 Dona Marchland - New Bedford -

In an enlarged view we can see the details in the picture.

The photo begs the question "What is that black box on the sidewalk?"