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Harry Winebaum Lights the Way

Harry_Winebaum in 1926 era Presents 
Historic Portsmouth #441

This photograph of a man leaning happily against a lamppost drew my attention while perusing the Portsmouth Athenaeum collection. It turns out to be none other than Harry Winebaum whom I knew best from my research into the history of Strawbery Banke Museum. (Continued below)


Harry saved the Revolutionary War-era home of Joshua Wentworth House in the early 70s, moving it by barge from the urban renewal destruction of the North End to its current location in the South End. I asked his son Sumner Winebaum (who had never seen this photo before) to add a few comments. Sumer writes:

This "lean" took place about 1925, a few years after [my father] Harry Winebaum came to Portsmouth from Lawrence, Massachusetts. He "straightened up" and started up Winebaum News, picking up newspaper bundles tossed off the Boston train at 5 am. It grew into the largest wholesaler of periodicals north of Boston. Harry found time to be on the Portsmouth City Council. He was president of Temple Israel for ten years and was a founding member of the Twilight Golf League. He always had something for someone who needed help right then.

Harry_Winebaum arrives in Portsmouth, NH circa 1926 ?Portsmouth Athenaeum photo

(c) Portsmouth Athenaeumphoto and text




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