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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1907. "Islington Street." Not much happening at first glance, but close inspection reveals an action-packed scene in the myriad small details -- strolling! scrounging! -- afforded by this 8x10 glass negative. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.