In 1950, Charles V. Goodhue came to Portsmouth as art director of a new magazine New Hampshire Profiles. He soon realized that most of his work on the magazine was for the last two weeks of the month, leaving him two weeks of slow time. Never one to waste an opportunity to paint, Charlie began wandering the streets of Portsmouth with his watercolors and easel. He captured the city during a unique time. Portsmouth in 1950 had changed little in thirty or forty years. The events of the Depression, then World War II, occupied the attention of everyone. Few people had the time, energy, or money to develop or modernize property. After the war, with servicemen and women returning from overseas, prosperity returned and business growth began changing the city..