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1910 Arthur Lightbown, Grocer RPPC Photo, England to Fall River, Mass


Photo type: Vintage RPPC Real Photo Postcard Photograph. Photographer: Unmarked, Unknown. This real postcard has a red 2 cent George Washington Stamp partially covering a Velox stampbox, it is not postmarked, believed to have never been sent. The stampbox dates the postcard from 1909-1914, as it has 4 triangles on the corners pointed up.

On front: "My mother's house. we live about 3 minutes walk from that. My husband David has looked for a letter from you a long while, hope you will not wait as long as he did before you wrote. With love, Mrs. David Webster." On reverse, addressed to: "Mrs. Davie Reid, Freuchie. Post Office, Freuchie, Fifeshire, Scotland" is handwritten in old fountain pen ink. Note: Freuchie is a village in Fife, Scotland.

Found in Public Genealogy Records:
Arthur Lightbown 1878-1948
Father's Name: James Lightbown
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Name: Susannah Haythornewaite
Mother's Birthplace: possibly Blackburn, England
Spouse: Margaret A Nuttall Lightbown 1881-1949
Her father: Richard Nuttall 1852-1928
Her mother: Martha A Hartley Nuttall 1852-1912
Her sibling: John Nuttall 1872-1955
Both are buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, Bristol County, Massachusetts

Arthur Lightfown in the 1910 United States Federal Census
Name: Arthur Lightbown (listed inaccurately as Arthur Lightfown)
Age in 1910: age 32
Birth Year: abt 1878
Birthplace: England
Home in 1910: Fall River Ward 1, Bristol County, Massachusetts
Street: Stafford Road
Immigration Year: 1896
Spouse's Name: Margaret A Lightfown
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Occupation: Retail Grocer, Proprietor
Employer, Employee or Other: Employer
Naturalization Status: Naturalized
Years Married: 9
Household Members: Name Age
Arthur Lightbown age 32
Margaret A Lightbown (listed inaccurately as Margaret Lightfown)
Arthur R Lightbown Jr. age 8 (listed inaccurately as Arthur Lightfown)

Arthur Lightbown in the 1930 United States Federal Census
Birth Year: abt 1879
Birthplace: England
Marital Status: Married
Home in 1930: Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
Street address: Mayand St
Ward of City: 7 Dist. 5. Pt of Block: 128 130 Tract 8, Dwelling Number: 244
Age at First Marriage: 21
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Immigration Year: 1896
Naturalization: Naturalized
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Butcher in Chain Store Market
Household Members, Name Age:
Arthur Lightbown 51
Gertrude M Lightbown 48 (corrected to Margaret A Lightbown)

Arthur Lightbown United States Census 1920
Name Arthur Lightbown
Event Place Newport Ward 1, Newport, Rhode Island
Age 41
Birth Year (Estimated) 1879, England
Immigration Year 1895
Father's Birthplace England
Mother's Birthplace England
Arthur Lightbown Head M age 41 England
Margaret A Lightbown Wife F age 38 England
Arthur R Lightbown Jr. Son M age 18 Massachusetts

Arthur Lightbown Rhode Island Deaths & Burials
Burial Date: 03 Jul 1948
Burial Place: Fall River, Massachusetts
Death Date: 30 Jun 1948
Death Place: Graniteville, Johnston, Providence County, Rhode Island
Age: 70
Birth Date: 15 May 1878
Birthplace: Blackburn, England
Occupation: Assistant Superintendent
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Margaret Ann Nuttall Lightbown
(Note: Margaret died a year later in 1949)

We also found the Fall River Webster family who addressed this card in the census: David Webster in the 1920 United States Federal Census
Age: 51
Birth Year: abt 1869
Birthplace: Scotland
Home in 1920: Fall River Ward 1, Bristol, Massachusetts
Street: 967 Middle St, Fall River, MA
Immigration Year: 1886
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Emma Webster
Father's Birthplace: Scotland
Mother's Birthplace: Scotland
Occupation: Salesman, Fish Market
Naturalization Status: Naturalized
Household Members: Name Age
David Webster age 51
Emma Webster age 48

      This is a beautiful early one-of-a-kind circa 1910 real photo postcard (known as a RPPC) scene of Arthur Lightbown's actual Meat & Grocery Store in Fall River, Massachusetts, Bristol County. It shows his sign clearly, with early overhead gas lighting, an approaching trolley car, post office sign, laundry sign, horse and buggy, and people on street wearing turn of the 19th century clothing, as well as telephone poles.

It is addressed to David Reid in Scotland, to show him the house across the street from the Lightbown Butcher and Grocery shop, designating it as where the Fall River David Webster family lived in the US. It was found in Redding, Shasta County, California. It was originally stamped, but for some reason went unsent. This is a beautiful historical piece for both the Rhode Island Lightbown and Webster family, and is rich in Fall River history. Early American town RPPC photos are scarce.

Size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy     Note: Hello from ~debra. I have spent years collecting over 10,000 ID’d lost family photos & paper from US flea markets & antique shops. I do the best gen research I can, but am always open to corrections. This is an original antique item, not a reprint. A new high quality rigid sleeve is included for extra protection, especially during shipping. You may buy a piece alone, or large intimate 300 dpi scans of the front and back sent immediately via email, or both. Please search carefully, as they are often found together and many may be related. I also invite you to join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. Thank you, enjoy! ~Debra Clifford (contact info on top bar)

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