Monday, September 12, 2011

The Paper Patch

The Paper Patch is located at 36 Market Street, on the northwest corner of Ladd and Market Streets.

A hardware store occupied this location for many years, dating back to at least 1902, when the vintage photograph below appeared in C. S. Gurney's book, Portsmouth . . . Historic and Picturesque. Frank L. Pryor and Edward C. Matthews owned the business at the turn of the 19th Century, from about 1892 to 1910. Pryor & Matthews advertised the following categories in the 1905 Portsmouth Business Directory:
  • Agricultural Implements
  • Artists' Materials
  • Carriage Varnish
  • Cutlery
  • Garden & Farming Tools
  • Hardware
  • Paints Oils and Glass
  • Paper and Twines
  • Plumbers
  • Pumps
  • Scales
  • Weather Strips

More recently, Peavey Hardware occupied this building from before World War II until 2004.

The Paper Patch, a purveyor of fine stationery and paper products, has been a Portsmouth staple since 1981. Previously located in the building directly across the street, the store moved to this location in 2009.

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