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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Twitter: 1908

Twitter: 1908

Bromfield Street in Boston circa 1908, home at No. 15 to Holden's Bird Store. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

To Let!

OK, so I have been an avid member here for one year, 15 weeks. This is the first time I have seen "To Let" as what we call today (here in the US) "For Rent". An obvious carryover from English locales.

End of the road

Where Bromfield Street dead-ends into Tremont Street in the distance of the picture is visible the large stone entrance to the Granary Burying Ground.

This cemetery is the final resting place of many Colonial and Revolutionary-era figures. Buried here are members of Ben Franklin's family, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Samuel Sewall (the judge of the Salem Witch Trials), Crispus Attucks (an African-American and the first to die in the Boston Massacre), Phyllis Wheatley (the first African-American to publish a book) and Mary Goose - more commonly knows as "Mother" Goose.

Watch Repair

Fourth floor corner office on the left: I don't ever remember seeing jewelers lathes for advertising before. I'm not sure how many people then or now would recognise them.

A squirrel baffle?

I'm intrigued with the rectangle box halfway up the light pole at the right front of this amazing photo. It's probably a squirrel baffle (or young boy baffle?) to keep intruders closer to the ground. Does anyone else have a better guess?

[A street sign of a kind frequently seen in other Boston photos of this period. - tterrace]

Marliave's

The Marliave restaurant and bar is still there, and well-preserved inside. Now that Locke-Ober has closed, it's one of the few historic Boston establishments left in this area.

The cut of their jib

I surely do wish men still wore bowler hats. These guys look pretty good, especially the older gentleman on the right, in that stylish overcoat. He'd probably be aghast at today's twerps in t-shirts, backward ballcaps and jeans with the crotch hanging down to their knees. For sure, he'd cross away from them on the other side of the street!

Post-It Notes!

And here I thought 3M invented the Post-It Note. Looks like it was someone at the Boston Tailoring Company though. Perhaps it was the very large, ghostly face that appears in the second story window of their shop that invented them?

Distant Dome

Is that the State Capitol in the background? I've only been to Boston once, just guessing.

[Yes, it's the Massachusetts State House. - Dave]

A cold day

Judging by the gloves and long overcoats, this appears to have been a snapshot of a cold day in Boston.

Holden's Bird Store

Really? There was enough of a market to have a store dedicated to birds? Or do I misunderstand its purpose?

[It's a pet shop. - Dave]

 
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