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Market Street East


Yesterday, Market Street east, c. 1860, (see the 1813 and/or 1873 maps) as photographed by Carl Meinerth. The earliest photographers to print their pictures on paper were Albert Gregory, Carl Meinerth and the Davis Brothers. Albert Gregory appeared in the City of Portsmouth around 1850, first as a daguerreotypist and then began using paper when that technology became available. Carl Meinerth started his career in Portsmouth, circa 1853, as a teacher of music and drawing but discontinued those services in favor of his new activities in photographs and ambrotypes by 1864. In the 1860s the Davis Brothers were also photographers but found their acceptance was somewhat slow until Carl Meinerth moved his studio to Newburyport, MA.


Today, Market Street east is still the picture of where to be in Portsmouth. The parking metered spaces are always in heavy demand from the many visitors who bring their cars into town. While the sidewalks and streets are now paved, the flavor of the older city buildings adds to the enjoyment of those who come to the center of the city for their shopping, dining and other activities.

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