Gorham Silversmiths, Providence, 1906 (Hat-tip: Shorpy). Gorham was one of the biggest local employers, and possible employer of H.P. Lovecraft’s father as a salesman. Although according to S.T. Joshi, the only evidence we have for that is Sonia’s hazy 1948 memories. One wonders if she might have been recalling a tale once told her by Lovecraft about his father’s cousin Frederick (1850-1893) a businessman in jewellery manufacturing in 1890s New York City, and her memory had conflated and confused the father/jewellery references with Gorham? On the other hand, it is possible that Lovecraft’s father had somehow got into the jewellery trade via Frederick.

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