I recently discovered that my great great great grandfather was a shopkeeper in Milford, New Hampshire. Sumner Emerson and his son, Charles, opened Emerson & Sons, general and furniture store, in the early 1890's. And photographic evidence still exists! What I wouldn't give to go back in time and stock up on carpets and crockery. Heck, I doubt I'd even need to use the family discount.
The quality of the photos is unfortunate, but the sign says "2 Miles To Emerson & Sons Furniture". Not sure who those little street urchins are, but I hope I'm related to them cause they're awfully cute.