1870's Caleb Johnson CDV Photo, Manchester, Hillsborough County NH
On reverse: "I think this is Cabel Johnson, my Grandfather" is handwritten in ballpoint pen. Photo Type: Original Antique Victorian CDV Carte de Visite Photograph, circa 1860's, Civil War era. Photographer: D.A. Simons, 27 & 28 Smyth Block, Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. (known to be Daguerreian and CDV photographer Darwin A Simons 1837-1902 born in Northfield, Washington County, Vermont to Marvin Simons 1804–1870 and Olive Fiske Simons 1806–1894 (or Olive Fisk) of Orange County, Vermont. He worked as a photographer from the 1850's to 1870, when he later opened a store. He died in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.
Note: This photograph has a wonderful photographer's advertising backmark which depicts an architectural scene of Smyth Block in Manchester, where the photo was taken. It is a large city block size brick building, with 3 flags atop. The backmark is printed in bright blue inks.
Quote from the 1856 Book: The History of Manchester, Formerly Derryfield, N.H. by C.E. Potter: "Smyth Block is 144 feet in length by 100 feet in depth, and four stories in height. It is upon Elm, between Spring and Water streets. The first story is of cast iron in front, and above, the walls are of brick, stuccoed so as to imitate white marble. The imitation is perfect, and the building makes a splendid appearance. It was built by Messrs. William Patten, Frederick Smyth, and Daniel W. Fling (Daniel Fling), and is now owned by Messrs F. Smyth, and William Richardson. The first door is used for stores; a fine Hall, the Merrimack River Bank rooms, with offices are upon the second floor; and the remainder of the block is fitted up into halls and offices"
Mr. Johnson wears a chin goatee and has a tall shiny black silk top hat in his hand. He appears to be about 40 years old, born roughly in the 1830's. This photo was found in Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts. A beautiful old piece, with wonderful history of Manchester, New Hampshire. Any help or correction appreciated, email Debra here.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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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