Well, last evening I figured out something pretty interesting, due to the help I had recently received. I'll explain. These kind folks had access to old pictures of the city of New Bern and in particular of the place my great grandfather worked at Hills Clothiers. John Harrison worked as a tailor at what began as Hills Tailoring Co. The original location of the shop was at 79 Middle Street, but at some point later it moved to another spot a little further north on same street. The following images are of that later location.
This image is of Middle Street looking North. The sign for Hills is on the left side
of the shot above Florsheim Shoes. The picture was dated 1971.
This is a view of Middle St looking south from the prospective of the right front of Hill's Clothiers.
When I saw this shot, it seemed familiar to me in some way, but I just couldn't place it. Then at some point later that night, I said to my self, "Wait a minute." I went into the entryway of my house and looked on the wall. I have hanging there different kinds of memorabilia such as post cards and black and white photos of the places that my ancestors had lived. I pulled this post card off the wall which I purchased about a year and a half ago and proceeded to take it out of it's frame.
A postcard of "Middle Street Looking South, New Bern, North Carolina."
I looked at the first two pictures again. Then I pulled up Google Maps for an additional reference.
Here's that first picture again.
Here's a view of Middle St. looking north courtesy of Google Maps:
Now the second picture.
Middle St looking south courtesy of Google Maps
That's when I realized that my great grandfather John may have played a hand in why I purchased that post card. I didn't know what I was looking at when I bought it but now I realize that it was a view my great grandfather would have seen when going to work each day.