There is no one alive today who knows when the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse in New Castle, New Hampshire, was painted a color other than white. However, the tower, that dates from 1877/1878, was painted brown from 1887 to 1902 during the time that Joshua Card was the lighthouse keeper. This extremely rare cabinet photo shows what may be the keeper and two other men standing in front of the tower when it was painted brown. The lighthouse is located on the grounds of an active Coast Guard Station that is next to Fort Constitution, which is the site of the first overt act of the Revolutionary War. Cabinet photo is approximately 5 ¼”H x 4 ¼” W.