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P H O T O G R A P H S
of Peterborough, N.H.


NOTE: Most of these photographs are the personal property of Janice Brown, the webmaster of this site. They may not be used for any public purposes without her express written permission. They may NOT be used in any publication or document, electronic or otherwise, that is offered for sale. They MAY be copied or printed by individuals who have a genealogical interest, for their own personal use. Doing otherwise violates copyright law.

Click on the thumbnail photograph below to see a larger view of these Peterborough NH buildings and places of interest.

Old photograph of Morrison home in Peterborough NH
Old photograph of Morrison home in Peterborough NH

 

Old photograph of Peterborough NH  train station
Old photograph of Peterborough NH train station

Old photograph of west Peterborough NH
Old photograph of west Peterborough NH



Old photograph of McDowell home in Peterborough NH
Old photograph of McDowell home in Peterborough NH

Circa 1898-99 photograph of downtown Peterborough NH
Circa 1898/99 photograph of the Tavern on Main Street. Beyond is the Law's house (see next photo).

 

Nathaniel Ford Laws house circa 1898-99
Circa 1898/99 photograph of the Nathaniel Ford Laws house. Possibly it is the "Hotel" that is to the left Nathaniel and Polly Laws had at least 8 boarders living with them in 1850. Mostly women working in the textile mills.

Second old photograph of Peterborough NH train station
Second old photograph of Peterborough NH train station



 

Postcard of downtown Peterborough NH
Postcard of downtown Peterborough NH,
?1960's

 

 

2004 photograph of Peterborough NH Historical Society Building
2004 photograph of Peterborough NH Historical Society Building
2004 photograph of Peterborough NH Historical Society Building plaque
2004 photograph of Peterborough NH Historical Society Building plaque
2004 photograph of downtown Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of downtown Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of Peterborough NH Episcopal Church
2004 photograph of Peterborough NH Episcopal Church
2004 photograph of Contoocook River in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of Contoocook River in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of old house in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of old house in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of Unitarian Church in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of Unitarian Church in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of Peterborough NH Post Office
2004 photograph of Peterborough NH Post Office
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of tombstones in St. Peter's Church graveyard
2004 photograph of outside gate of the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of outside gate of the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of plaque outside the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of plaque outside the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of path in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of path in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of "tomb" in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of "tomb" in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of children's tombstone in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of children's tombstone in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstones in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstones in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstone in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstone in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstones in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstones in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstones in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstones in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of broken tombstone in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of broken tombstone in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstones in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
2004 photograph of tombstones in the "Village Cemetery" in Peterborough NH
Peterborough's "Apostolic Twelve"
Peterborough's Apostolic Twelve - Charles Marcy, Albert Frost, John N. Thayer, Wirling Gregg, Samuel Carey, Thomas S. Nichols, John Little, Benjamin Crosby, Jeremiah Pritchard, Archelaus Cragin, Dalphon Osborn and Charles D. French.
Peterborough's "Elders" of 1930
Peterborough's "Elders" of 1930 - Mark A. Wilder, Charles J. Ellis, Andrew J. Walbridge, Albert W. Noone, Charles H.F. Perry, Herbert F. Nichols, James M. Cummings, Ambrose L. Shattuck, Fred J. James, Fred A. Grimes, William F. Dane, Eben W. Jones
Peterborough NH Hospital, Mondanock Communicty Hospital
Peterborough's Hospital, Mondanock Communicty Hospital
Inside of grocery store at Grove & School Streets, est 1850 [later called Cash Market]
Inside of grocery store at Grove & School Streets, est 1850 [later called Cash Market]
Peterborough NH Fire Department 194
Peterborough Fire Department 1947

Peterborough Fire Department 1956
H.F. Nichols & Sons Stables [Livery] with motorcars for hire.
H.F. Nichols & Sons Stables [Livery] with motorcars for hire.
Peterborough NH - First High School - 1874
Peterborough NH - First High School - 1874
George Farrar's shop in Peterborough - wagons, farrier
George Farrar's shop in Peterborough - wagons, farrier
Lobby of the Tavern on Main Street - Peterborough NH
Lobby of the Tavern on Main Street.
The Tavern on Main Street shortly before it was demolished.
The Tavern on Main Street shortly before it was demolished.
The great hurricane of 1938 - Peterborough NH
The great hurricane of 1938 - Peterborough
Flood and fire - Sep 28, 1938 Peterborough NH
Flood and fire -
Sept 28, 1938
Main Street in the 1920's - Peterborough NH
Main Street in the 1920's
Main Street in the 1920's
Main Street in the 1920's
Looking west up Main Street - Peterborough NH
Looking west up Main Street
National Guard units marching up Main Street, 1911 - Peterborough NH
National Guard units marching up Main Street, 1911
Old Town House in 1866 with Peterborough Cornet Bank
Old Town House in 1866 with Peterborough Cornet Bank
"Opera House" (formerly Town house, remodeled in 1886)
"Opera House" (formerly Town house, remodeled in 1886)

Barber shop of Perl E. Sheldon, in Odd Fellows Block next to the Tavern.
Barber shop of Perl E. Sheldon, in Odd Fellows Block next to the Tavern.
Peterborough Cash Market
Peterborough Cash Market
Cavender Station, one of the milk stops along the railroad
Cavender Station, one of the milk stops along the railroad
Railroad yard, looking north from trestle over the Nubanusit
Railroad yard, looking north from trestle over the Nubanusit
Train, Peterborough NH
Stores decorated for July 4th, Peterborough NH
Peterborough NH Town Library, about 1893
Peterborough NH Town Library, about 1893
Inside Peterborough NH Town library, circa 1893
Inside Peterborough NH Town library, circa 1893
Town Meeting - Peterborough NH
Town Meeting - Peterborough NH
Upper meeting hall of the "New" (1918) Town House
Upper meeting hall of the "New" (1918) Town House
Tucker's Hotel, Peterborough NH
Tucker's Hotel, Peterborough NH
View of village from Vine Street Hill
View of village from Vine Street Hill
Formerly stone grist mill (1839) later Peterborough Transcript and Walbridge & Taylor. Lost in flood and fire of 1938
Formerly stone grist mill (1839) later Peterborough Transcript and Walbridge & Taylor. Lost in flood and fire of 1938

See photo at left... another version of these same buildings
Winch & Field Grocery Store
Winch & Field Grocery Store
Grove Street, Peterborough NH
Grove Street, Peterborough, courtesy of Don Colburn (see description below)
Postcard - Aerial of Peterborough
Aerial View of Peterborough, courtesy of Don Colburn (see description below)
Union Mills, West Peterborough NH - old postcard
Union Mills, West Peterborough NH


Peterborough from East Hill, circa 1907 postcard


Peterborough NH Main Street Looking East
#1 circa 1900

Peterborough NH Main Street #2 circa 1900

Library Reading Room, Peterborough NH
Library Reading Room, Peterborough NH

Residence of Robert P. Bass
Residence of Robert P. Bass, Peterborough NH


Goyette Museum of Americana, Peterborough NH

 

Morison Bridge, Peterborough NH
Morrison Bridge, Peterborough NH [now located on Morison Street], probably here]

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Photo Gallery of Peterborough NH - Peterson's Real Estate

American Memory
photographs/MacDowell Colony (below)
Composer Louise Talma (1906-1996) worked on her oratorio The Divine Flame at the MacDowell Colony in 1947

PEOPLE:
Robert Perkins BASS (1873-1960) — also known as Robert P. Bass — of Peterborough, Hillsborough County, N.H. Born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., September 1, 1873. Son of Perkins Bass and Clara (Foster) Bass. Farmer; member of New Hampshire state house of representatives, 1905-09; member of New Hampshire state senate 15th District, 1909-10; Governor of New Hampshire, 1911-13. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Died July 29, 1960. Burial location unknown. Awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree June 1947 from the University of New Hampshire. He married January 1912 to Edith Harlan BIRD. Children: Perkins, Edith and Joanne/Joan, Robert P. Jr. and Jeremy. [SEE Additional Biography and photograph]

OLD PHOTOGRAPHS

[Note: the following was generously sent to me by a descendant of the Laws family] Fred Chester Laws took the following photographs in 1898/99 when he was visiting his grandparents home. He was the son of A.D.Laws and Sarah E. Robbe and grandson of Nathaniel Ford Laws and Polly Child. Nathaniel and Polly had the house shown below. That is A.D. Laws and the woman on the steps is Frances Laws Dadman (one time librarian of Peterboro). Fred wrote this about the photos (they are reproduced from surviving negatives on a flatbed scanner): "About 1898 or 1899, I spent my vacation on my uncle Porter Robbe's farm in Ashburnham, Mass. My father came at the end of the week , and we both went on the train to Peterborough, N.H. where my father was born, to visit with his sister, Mrs. William Dadmon, who lived in her father's house (Nathaniel Ford Laws). We hired a carriage and rode around town and drove to Dublin, where my mother lived, part of the barn was standing, but house was destroyed by fire. I took some pictures of the cellar hole to show my mother. I had a box camera at that time, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 Hawk eye made by the Blair Camera Co. I also used their Film. 25 pictures on a film. I took pictures of my uncle & aunt, the house with my Aunt in doorway & my father standing at the end of the house, Hotel, Church, Town Hall, etc... I am writing this in November 2, 1964. And although the film is about 66 years old they are still in good condition."


Postcard: Grove Street, Peterborough (shown above in collection) - courtesy of Donald Colburn. He writes, "The back of this card indicates that it was mailed in Peterboro NH Sep 22, 1906 at 6AM. It is addressed to a lady, in Charlestown, Mass. whoever wrote the card wrote the message around the picture on the front. I'll try to decypher it for you.

Dear A. Tell Ann I am well. Am going home tomorrow for over Sunday. Hurrah. Isn't it too bad about Pa Hall's brother. I'll write you a nice long letter after Ann gets home but while she is there & say more. I'll have to write to her. This is the street I go into town on. I think P. is the dirtiest place I ever (can't read this word) I hate it, I'd lots rather live in pig pens. Love to Izzy & Ann & (can't read this word) for yourself. M.S.H."

You can look right down Grove St. - to the Tavern - and to the left of the Tavern is the Nathaniel Ford Law house.


Postcard: Aerial View of Peterborough (shown in above collection) - courtesy of Donald Colburn. He writes: On the back of the card it states that it is a handcolored post card, Published by Steele's Bookstore, Peterborough, N.H. and says it an Aerial View of Peterborough, N.H. Evidently I bought the card intending to send it to someone, don't remember who now. I had written "This is quite an old picture of Peterborough but it will give you a general idea. " I had written on some of the buildings on the post card.

Anyway I want you to note the Tavern. Just to the left of the Tavern is a small white building with a light brown roof - the Nathaniel Ford Law house, you'll notice a even smaller building between the Nathaniel Ford Law house and the building where the Drug Store was, and then the building where Vanni's store was and then the Peterborough House (Hannon Block).

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