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The Public Square: 1902

The Public Square: 1902

1902. "Public square -- Portsmouth, New Hampshire." Try our free filling station! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Pole with Stripes

Not sure, but I think I see streetcar tracks down the middle of the street. Could the pole function as a gate, like at a train crossing?

Yipes, Stripes!

In roughly the center of this photo is an upright square pole marked in contrasting paint with chevrons, and having a crossbar at the top. I would love to know the function of this unusual feature! Any Shorpy-ite guesses?

Market Square

It's largely unchanged from 1902.

My grandmother lived one mile north, across the river in Kittery, Maine.

Horse fountain suggestion

In June 1880 Henry F. Jenks of Pawtucket, Rhode Island, patented a horse fountain made of cast iron, found in some towns today such as Nantucket and Franklin, Mass., and Jenks Park in Central Falls, Rhode Island. The above photo looks like another example; his name and address are on the casting partially seen above.

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