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54 Years

From: Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Length: 07:46

The nation's last sardine cannery in Gouldsboro, Maine closed its doors in April 2010. Lela Anderson worked at the cannery for fifty-four years.

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The nation’s last sardine cannery, Stinson’s Seafood in Gouldsboro, Maine, closed its doors on April 15, 2010. At the peak of Maine’s sardine industry, more than seventy canneries lined the coast. Thousands worked in them, packing herring into cans to be processed into sardines. Lela Anderson worked at Stinsons’s Seafood for fifty-four years and estimates that she packed more than one million cans of sardines. For more than thirty years of her career, she cut the fish by hand with scissors alongside many other women. Macon Reed brings us this portrait of Lela as the American sardine-canning era came to its end.

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The nation’s last sardine cannery, Stinson’s Seafood in Gouldsboro, Maine, closed its doors on April 15, 2010. At the peak of Maine’s sardine industry, more than seventy canneries lined the coast. Thousands worked in them, packing herring into cans to be processed into sardines. Lela Anderson worked at Stinsons’s Seafood for fifty-four years and estimates that she packed more than one million cans of sardines. For more than thirty years of her career, she cut the fish by hand with scissors alongside many other women. Macon Reed brings us this portrait of Lela as the American sardine-canning era came to its end.

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