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A Google Books reference gives some insight into this business:
|"Furnishing Goods Department, Lothrops, Farnum & Co."|
(At the time of the photo, "Mr. Farnum is the active partner and manages the entire business.")
It appears the shop was lit by gas, windows and a skylight.
|Loring & Blake, Worcester MA|
I found the best explanation of the history of this organ manufacturer at Piano Rebuilt:
A Google Image search illustrates the importance of musical instrument restoration and some of the great results achieved by those, such as the Action Piano Co., who restore Loring & Blake "Palace" organs and other great historical instruments:
Want to see a restoration? I was fascinated by this one that I found on YouTube (in 3 parts - Jim Tyler, San Francisco):
|Meriden CT, since 1868|
In July 2011 Google Street View found this at the approximate location of Smith & Twitchell, 29 E. Main St., Meriden CT:
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