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Briggs’ Patent Portable Piano Stools
By September 28, 2014 Read More →

Briggs’ Patent Portable Piano Stools

The products of Peterborough’s industrial past form an important part of the Monadnock Center’s collection. This screw- style piano stool was produced by the Brigg’s Piano Stool Company between 1870 and 1891.  Joshua Briggs (b. 1825) began his career as a carpenter and soon produced piano stools as odd jobs for folks in town.  In […]

The White Machine Shop
By August 5, 2014 Read More →

The White Machine Shop

This wooden pulley is from The White Machine Shop that operated at the corner of Elm and River Streets in Peterborough from 1876 to 1942. The pulley was part of the power train that ran the shop’s equipment using water power from the Elm Street dam.  Samuel G. White made pumps, governors, gas regulators and […]

The Shoe Factory
By July 29, 2014 Read More →

The Shoe Factory

In the 19th century Peterborough’s downtown was dominated by the various manufacturing facilities that were built to take advantage of the plentiful water power supplied by the Nubanusit and Contoocook rivers. This photograph from the Center’s archives shows the intersection of Main and Depot streets. The enormous five-story factory building behind the Baptist Church was […]

History Baskets
By June 26, 2014 Read More →

History Baskets

This ash wood lunch basket is an example of the long tradition of basket making in Peterborough. Beginning with Amzi Child’s basket shop in 1854, Peterborough has been manufacturing baskets continuously for 153 years.   This basket dates from about 1910 and was probably made in Henry Needham’s basket shop on Depot Street.  The foundation […]