Yesterday and Today|
by Bill & Connie Warren
Montgomery Music Store
Yesterday, circa 1906, 6 Pleasant Street was also not occupied by the banking establishments that owned the building; as with 5 Pleasant Street, some of the banking establishments departed from Pleasant Street. No. 6 Pleasant Street is identifiable by the quoining ["an external solid angle of a wall, and/or, one of the stones forming it", The Macquarie Dictionary] decoration on No. 5 that is directly next door. The numbering system was before the 1910-12 period when the City of Portsmouth standardized street numbering. H. P. Montgomery sold pianos, art goods and other musical merchandise. Their advertisement claimed, " H. P. Montgomery was established as a music store in 1865, by D. H. Montgomery, the father of the present proprietor. Subsequently art goods were added and a specialty was made of piano renting. Pianos and organs of the best manufacture are kept or sold or rented on easy terms of payment, including the celebrated Chickering Piano, for which Mr. Montgomery is the sole representative in Portsmouth."
Today, the old number 6 Pleasant Street has the main entrance to the Piscataqua Savings Bank. There are four buildings that make up the current bank. The Piscataqua Savings Bank brochure states, "On opening day in 1878, the Bank's entire operations consisted of a single teller's window loaned to it by the First National Bank of Portsmouth without 'cost of rent.' To modern competitive thinking, this cooperation might seem odd, but at that time, national banks were not in the savings business, and savings banks did not offer checking accounts.
By 1924 Piscataqua had outgrown these shared facilities, and found a larger space just a few doors away on Pleasant street which is still its home."
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