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George B. Frazar

George B. Frazar was born in Massachusetts in 1854, the son of George Frazar, a "ship surveyor" in Watertown. In 1870 he was working in Watertown as a clerk in a store. By the time of the 1880 census he had moved to Boston and set himself up as a dealer in natural history specimens at no. 9, Boyleston Place. George and his uncle M. Abbot Frazar were both listed as "naturalist" in the 1886 Watertown City Directory, but apparently that business did not pay well enough by itself, and by 1890 George was listed in the Medford, Massachusetts City Directory as a clerk in the Fitchburg Railroad Freight Office. Abbot continued is own business as "Taxidermist and dealer in naturalists' supplies and specimens," as advertised in the 1894 Naturalist's Directory. George continued to operate his mineral business on the side, however, because at least one of his labels is printed on the blank back side of a sheet of Fitchburg Railroad ledger paper. In 1894 George advertised in The Mineral Collector wanting to buy "lots of one to five hundred pounds each of hematite, melaconite, fossiliferous sandstone and other fossils." The following year he ran a full-page ad offering to buy "in fair sized lots" a list of 28 minerals and various fossils. He claimed that "collections arranged for practical teaching are a specialty, in cabinet or student sized specimens"
(imagine a specimen the size of a student!). He did not advertise again for 12 years. The 1897 Medford Directory lists him as a "geologist and mineralogist" living at 46 Monument Street. His ad in the April 1907 issue of The Mineral Collector" offered a run of 129 issues of that magazine in perfect condition, in exchange "first class mineral specimens only." He was by then living in Hyannis, Massachusetts, and may have been out of the business and collecting just for himself. In 1910 he was living in Barnstable, Massachusetts and operating a "retail merchant Japanese store." By 1930 he and his wife Emma had retired to Duxbury, Massachusetts.
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