The George B. French Company was located at 41 Market Street, on the northeast corner of Market Street and Commercial Way.
George B. French lived from 1828-1900. He opened a dry goods and carpet house at this location around 1888. The store continued in operation long after his death, at least into the 1960s, although it later moved to a Market Square location.
An 1887 book called, Leading Manufacturers and Merchants of New Hampshire, wrote,
“Mr. French has been engaged in the dry goods trade in this city for the past thirty years and by force of energy, enterprise, and close attention to the popular want, has reached a preeminence in the trade of which he has just reason to be proud. He occupies the largest and finest salesroom in this line in the city, together with two floors above and a basement, for the exhibition and storage of the stock that is constantly carried.”
The old photograph below, from Caleb S. Gurney's book, Portsmouth . . . Historic and Picturesque, shows what the store looked like in 1902, when it was owned by George E. French, who was probably George B. French's son.
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