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Portsmouth Directory


Yesterday, 1869, another annual Portsmouth directory was published by Dudley & Greenough of Boston. In their preface, they state " We again present a new edition of the Portsmouth Directory to the public. The city has been thoroughly canvassed and everything done that experience could suggest to produce a good and reliable Directory. Notwithstanding the general depression in business, we are happy to be able to show a large increase of names, in this edition, which is an evidence that we have done our work faithfully.

Names in Directory of 1867 ..... 2,704
Names in Directory of 1869 ..... 3,224

Increase.................. 520

Many thanks are due to the citizens and businesses for the aid furnished us in collecting information for this work; and, especially to our patrons, who have so generously encourage us by substantial aid.
      Respectfully,
      Dudley & Greenough"


Today we are starting a new series. We will be releasing over the next few months some advertisements for Portsmouth businesses that are in the 1869 Portsmouth Directory. We will endeavor to correctly identify the location of each advertisement. We want to let our readers know that getting the correct location is difficult because when this directory was published, buildings were numbered sequentially; therefore, in Congress Street (for instance) from Market Square to Islington Street there are 78 businesses listed with street numbers 1 through 78.

In 1910-12, the City of Portsmouth decided to standardize the street numbering system. In the 1912 edition of the directory, new street numbers are given with old street numbers in brackets. But over the years since then, there have been changes to the street numbering system without the city offering some logical 'key' to show why/how numbers were changed. Copies of The Portsmouth Directories are available in the library, for those of you who wish to do further research.

Today's photograph is a 1969 Portsmouth aerial view.


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