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Tremont Street: 1923

Tremont Street: 1923

Boston circa 1923. "Tremont Street and the Mall." One of the later entries in the Detroit Publishing catalog. Note the big Chevrolet sign. View full size.

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Tremont St. Boston ca1923.

The R.H. Stearns department store, right side of Tremont, stands today as elderly housing. Is the wireless antenna structure in the background on the building closer to us than the Tremont Theater (later Tremont Temple), on atop the Theater itself? TIA

It appears the Chevrolet sign is either atop the Tremont House hotel, or across Beacon St. on the building that was leveled in the 1970's for the 1 Beacon St. highrise, home of the Boston Gas Co. and an underground, 2-screen Sack's cinema. HTH.

1928 without a doubt

The third car in, the one with the street sign in front of it is a 1928 Essex, the one in front of that a c.1921 Hudson, and the first car, the black one, is a 1926 or 1927 Packard. The The Essex and Packard DO have balloon tires. And no respectable women in Boston would have worn skirts so short prior to 1925.

Boston 1924

This photo, dated 1924, does not show the Chevrolet sign (from a different angle, but for reference match the Coca-Cola sign to the Salada Tea sign in this photo.) Photos dated 1927 and later in that set do show the sign.

Too early for neon

If that Chevrolet sign is neon, then 1923 would be almost certainly too early for this photo. Neon signs were only introduced to the US in 1923, and it's unlikely that Boston would have had one of the first in the country.

[It uses light bulbs. - tterrace]

Date of Photo

The 1923 posted date could be valid. Except for the front car, all the other nearby cars are sporting a POV 1922 Massachusetts license plate. The front car (a Packard) looks to be a Taxi - therefore it could have a different plate.

Fashion dating

Knee length skirts didn't come along until 1925 - circa 1923 they were way longer.

Ain't she sweet?

The woman in light colored clothing is turning more heads than the photographer. No doubt her companion is equally well turned out but she is mostly obscured by the man who was walking between her and the photographer's lens at the moment the shutter was opened.

1923 or 1928?

I'm certainly no fashion expert, but something about the way the ladies are dressed says late Twenties.

[The rubber says Early to Mid Twenties. If it were 1928 the cars would have balloon tires. - Dave]


Below is the same view from May of 2008.

Packard & Hudson

The first two cars parked on the near side of the street are a circa 1919 Packard with a 1920-21 Hudson Touring Limousine behind.

Still recognizable today

Prominent is Park Street Church. The two granite subway kiosks hide a mirror image pair. The visible ones were removed decades ago. Many of the buildings are still there but with extensive modernization. Ah, the 1920s, when women weren't afraid to show a little leg!

Boston Braves

Seeing the sign "Baseball Today at Braves Field" jogged my memory.

As a kid collecting baseball cards in Cincinnati I can remember when they moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and their home field was in County Stadium.

I also remember when they moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta.

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