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Happy Friendship Day! 👭🎉👫🎉👬🎉

Here are two friends dressing up and goofing with the camera, circa 1900.❤️ #atimebeforeTikTok

The photo comes from one of the Richter family photo albums. The young woman seated and dressed in a suit while holding a ukulele (?) appears to be Ellnora Ingebretsen Richter Rice (1885-1981). Seated next to her on the floor appears to be her friend Bianca Cogswell Harrington Bingham (1885-1957).

Ellnora lived with her parents Dr. Moritz Richter and Josephine Jenness at 180 Middle Street, a stately brick Federal-style residence (now known as the Larkin-Rice House) a few doors down from Haymarket Square. The Richters had adopted Ellnora from the Ingebretsen family, a Norwegian fishing family on the Isles of Shoals.

The photos in this collection indicate that Ellnora had a large group of friends in the neighborhood, including Bianca who is featured in quite a few. Bianca's father was Rear Admiral James Kelsey Cogswell who served in the Spanish-American War and was stationed at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. The fathers of other friends were also stationed at the Shipyard, and photos indicate the young woman would hang out there. It's not surprising to learn both Bianca and Ellnora would marry Navy officers.🤔😊

In September 1911, Bianca married Assistant Constructor Charles A. Harrington (1880-1915), USN, in Portsmouth. After his untimely death four years later, she remarried.

In November 1911, Ellnora married Lieut. Arthur Hopkins Rice II (1883-1932), USN, in Portsmouth. Rice was from Mississippi and a 1904-graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis (Harrington was from the same class). Our collection includes two diaries of Arthur while an ensign at sea; one entry mentions his engagement to Ellnora in 1909. The couple had three children, and the family remained in the Larkin-Rice House until recently.

[Gift of Pamela Rice Thacher, Rice Family Photograph Collection, P0052_030]

#friendshipday #friendsday #dressup #EllnoraRichterRice #Ricefamily #MiddleStreet #collectpreserveshare📖 #localhistory #portsmouthnh #nh #Maine #seacoast❤
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Nice day for a Sunday afternoon drive!🚗🌤😊

Pictured is the Twenty-Millionth Ford in front of the old City Hall, corner of Daniel and Chapel streets in Portsmouth on May 12, 1931.

According to the Portsmouth Herald, the Twenty-Millionth Ford was on its transcontinental tour. The Ford was coming from Maine and met at the Memorial Bridge. Then, city officials and Frank E. Brooks, a local Ford dealer, brought it to City Hall. A newspaper ad run by Brooks stated, the public was invited to "help receive this symbol of one man's contribution to the world's history and development of American industry."

At the time, Herald publisher Fernando W. Hartford (1872-1938) was mayor of Portsmouth, and he's in the photo. This was his second stint as mayor, first serving in 1921-1922 and then 1928-1932.

So maybe it's a perfect day for you to embark on your own transcontinental tour. Ok, maybe we're pushing it. A trip to the mountains or the beach and back is fine, too. Even a trip to the freezer for an ice cream sounds alright. No pressure. Stay cool.😎

The old City Hall building was originally constructed in 1858 as the first combined Portsmouth High School on land donated by the Wentworth family. In 1908, the building was reused as city hall with eventual plans to build a new city hall; however, it wasn't until the late 1980s when city hall moved into the old hospital on Junkins Avenue.#musicalchairsbuildingsedition #repurpose ♻️

[Courtesy of Margaret Hartford Estate, PS2903.]

#twentymillionthford #henryford #cityhall #danielstreet #collectpreserveshare📖 #localhistory #PortsmouthNH #nh #Maine #Seacoast❤
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Oh, if only we were cruising to the Isles of Shoals today with the cool breeze and ocean spray...😎⛵️⛴️🌤🥰

Instead, we are cruising the collection online and we stumbled upon this real photo postcard of the S. S. Sightseer transporting passengers to Star Island on the Isles of Shoals, Rye, NH.

This will have to do. #livingvicariouslythroughthecollection

The RPPC was postmarked from Portsmouth today (July 14) in 1930. The message was short and sweet:

Dear Ruth,

This is the boat that we came over on.

Love, Ethel.

Ruth P. Elliott, of Winchester, MA, was about 7 years old when she received this.

In the early 20th century, the steamer Sightseer served as a summer ferry boat for the Isles of Shoals. During WWII, the steam tug was used to guide subs to the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. After the war, the ferry resumed service to the Shoals. It's unclear if the Sightseer went out of service in the 1950s or 1960s. Does anyone remember?

[PS1804.005]

#onthisdate #otd #sightseer #islesofshoals #StarIsland #collectpreserveshare📖 #localhistory #PortsmouthNH #nh #Maine #Seacoast❤
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