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    Stereoscopic view of Courthouse Square, about 1890 Stereoscopic view of Courthouse Square, about 1890
Mr. James P. H. (Hovey) Bell was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, in 1871. When he was a child, his father, a herpetologist, was sent by the Smithsonian to study snakes of the southeastern United States. The Bell family settled in Gainesville, where Hovey's father became a judge and served as Postmaster from 1889 to 1894 and again from 1898 to 1900. Hovey also worked for the Post Office for 40 years as Assistant Postmaster. Hovey had many hobbies, and one of them was photography. He had a stereoscopic camera, and took this photograph of Gainesville's Courthouse Square around 1890.
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