Johnny Stringer, Artisan, Hallowell, ca. 1848

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Johnny Stringer, Artisan, Hallowell, ca. 1848

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Johnny Stringer was born in England in 1771 and died in Hallowell in 1849. Author Emma Huntington Nason included him as one of the interesting town characters in "Old Hallowell on the Kennebec," published in 1909.

"And then there was Johnny Stringer! Who does not remember Johnny Stringer--the queer little man with a large head and body set upon very short legs, who came from over the sea to make his home in Hallowell? Johnny Stringer lived in a little house up on Academy Hill where he earned his living by making and rebottoming chairs, and manufacturing clothespins for the housekeepers of the town. He often appeared on Monday morning, with a basket on his arm offering the clothespins for sale at the opportune hours when they were most needed. He also made dolls' cradles and bedsteads, for the children of the town, for whom he also had a store of broken--and must we add, to be truthful--very dirty candy in his pockets. But Johnny's masterpieces were his chairs. He made 'big ones for ladies, and little ones for babies,' and many a home in Hallowell still boasts of its 'Johnny Stringer chair,' which is regarded as a precious heirloom."

A Johnny Stringer chair is on display at the Hubbard Free Library.

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About This Item

  • Title: Johnny Stringer, Artisan, Hallowell, ca. 1848
  • Creation Date: circa 1848
  • Subject Date: circa 1848
  • Town: Hallowell
  • County: Kennebec
  • State: ME
  • Media: Daguerreotype
  • Dimensions: 8.5 cm x 5.5 cm
  • Local Code: P-65
  • Collection: Hubbard Free Library
  • Object Type: Image

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115 Second Street, Hallowell, ME 04347
(207) 622-6882

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