Soap Factory is Stinky Biz
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HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #144

Yankees made soap in the fall when butchering animals or in spring combining old cooking grease and fireplace ash. Harry J. Freeman made soap for a living after collecting bones, grease and tallow. A livery owner, he likely disposed of his horses in the foul smelling "rendering" process. His home and factory, seen here in 1888, were on Islington Street at Aldrich Road.

 

 

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Harry J. Freeman soap factory in Portsmouth, NH / (c) Strawbery Banke Museum

From HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH
Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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Soap Factory sign detail

Sign closeup (sorry, not much better)