New England shopkeepers

Emerson & Sons
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.

store sign
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.


22 comments:

  1. Wow thats soo cool
    I find peoples background and all that jazz fascinatinggg
    Amazing that there's actually photographic evidence
    Your great great great grandfather was obviously a genius

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  2. How very nice that you have this wonderful provenance. The photos are great, especially those little chaps on the sign!

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  3. lucky you to have these pix...after the decimations of two world wars [on family goods in Europe] followed by the complete wipe-out of the '83 bushfires...such archival treasures are pretty rare on the ground for us. much enjoying your stories.

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  4. I like both images and one of the first things that came to mind about the two boys sitting on the sign is that now we advertise on the Internet and such images are no longer being captured by a photographer. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. I love your content. You are a woman after my own heart. If you get a minute check out my latest post. I think you will enjoy the antique dress.

    Keep up the good content.

    TJ

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  6. Classic! Keep up it up man!

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  7. Love the children on the sign. How lucky you have these photos. Thanks for posting them.

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  8. Wow that's crazy! It makes me wanna know more about my ancestry.

    Ashley Kay
    http://lillawyer.blogspot.com

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  9. We're researching our family tree at the moment. It's great fun trying to track down all your relatives although it does eat up the hours!

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  10. You're pretty lucky to have found these photos. They could have been burned down with our most of our country's history. Great post.

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  11. That's fantastic! I used to live about a half hour from Milford. Quiet little town.

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  12. These are neat photos! It's fun to learn about relatives and so wonderful that you have some photographs of the old store owned by your family.

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  13. Wow! Btw, how old is that photo?

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  14. Hello! Just to say...I love that photo of the 2 boys on the sign: what a great moment for someone to have captured and preserved...and now it's on your blog! awesome stuff. in fact, all of your photos are pretty awesome...what sort of camera/lens do you use?

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  15. how cool is that? i have an old picture of my grandfather on a covered wagon, as they were setting out to homestead in the 'wild west' which turns out was iowa. not that far ago in time, but seems like another planet almost. great stuff.

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  16. wow..that's pretty cool..=) the photo with the 2 kiddies is nice.

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  17. Wow crazy. I lived in Amherst, NH for a short time as a kid. I'm trying to remember this building.

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  18. Wow, these are really great pictures.
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  19. I'm just awed by your family history. It's amazing that so much has been preserved! And those little ragamuffins are really too cute for words.

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  20. In this day & age it is amazing that you have your family history preserved! So many of us don't even know our parent's or grandparents' stories! You are a lucky lady. Your blog rocks, btw!!!

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