This photograph has faded and lost some of its clarity, but it’s a photo I’m very glad to have. It was taken on a wintry day in Exeter, New Hampshire, outside a shop owned by my great-great-grandfather, Ivan Tilton Purinton (1843-1904). Signs on the wall say “I. T. Purinton” and “Carriage & Sign Painter.” Also on the wall is a white board which says “Sewing Machines.” If it weren’t for this photograph, I’d never know that my great-great-grandfather sold sewing machines! The carriage in the foreground has a newly painted sign on its side which says “H.F. Dunn.”
The back of the photo has a stamp for “F. J. Taylor & Co., Copying and Landscape Photographers,” based in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. Ivan’s son (my great-grandfather) added a date of 1875:
This framed photo of Ivan was probably taken a few years later. It looks like a tintype, but I’m not sure because I haven’t taken it out of the frame:
I’d love to know why Ivan’s parents gave him that name. It’s a family mystery!
I don’t know anything about Ivan’s personality, but I bet he was a good painter.