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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

M.I.T.: 1901

M.I.T.: 1901

Boston circa 1901. "Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rogers Building." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Breezers

Interesting how many photos of cities in the temperate zone show those open-air streetcars or "breezers," as they're sometimes called. Wonder what they did in winter time. Did they put them away and bring out more of the enclosed cars? That would sure require an extensive overall fleet investment. I've enjoyed riding on breezers at an Iowa location, and they don't look like they could be fitted with any kind of enclosing protection.

Cambridge?

That would be Cambridge, not Boston, no?

[Prior to 1916, M.I.T. was located in Boston.]

M.I.T.'s first building.

1866 - 1939

MIT's First Building, 95 feet wide by 140 feet long, consisting of five stories and one half story.
Biological Laboratory

In 1883, one year after the death of William Barton Rogers, the MIT Corporation voted to name the facility “The Rogers Building.” Already, however, the Institute had started to outgrow the building. By the early twentieth century MIT had spread to a dozen or so buildings in the Copley Square area and the need for more space was obvious, foreshadowing the Institute’s 1916 move of most operations to the current Cambridge campus. The old Rogers Building continued in use as the School of Architecture into the 1930s. In 1937 it was purchased by the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and razed in 1939 to make way for their new home office.

Man in front

He's just scratching his eye. Really.

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[A Detroit Publishing Co. postcard]

 
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