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Miss M.A. Gannon. The Dramatic Wonder, 12 yrs of Age, as Little Pickle. Boston: Thayer & Co., 1841.

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Adolescent girls in pants are rarely depicted in print in the nineteenth century.  Mary Gannon, a stage performer in Boston and New York, donned trousers for a role in the farce The Spoil’d Child.  This lithograph was probably done as a promotional piece for the theater – it was found with another image of Mary (in a lovely lace gown) in the role of Mademoiselle Josephine. Gannon worked steadily as a performer for her whole life, and was highly regarded as a dependable and amusing soubrette.

Adopted by Jen Manion in memory of the courageous gender crossers of the 19th century

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