Portsmouth Boy Taken for Ransom
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Young boy on Water Street, Portsmouth, NH circa 1899 (c) Strawbery Banke musem Strawbery Banke Presents

Actually, the boy’s real name is "Ransom" and the patrolman holding his hand is his father William Carlton. This rare image was taken on Water Street around the turn of the 20th century when the "red light district" was at its peak. After a series of unsolved murders, the bordellos were officially closed in 1912.




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William and Ransom Carlton in Portsmouth South End about 1899 (c) Strawbery Banke Museum. All rights reserved.

This image from the book STRAWBERY BANKE:
A Seaport Museum 400 Years in the Making
by J. Dennis Robinson
(c) Strawbery Banke Museum Collection

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