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Ye Overseer's Observatory

Ye Overseer's Observatory

I have never heard of this place before, anyone recognize where it would have been, can't find info on it. From my negatives collection. View full size.

Construction Project

My guess is the walls are around a hole in the ground where a building is being built and the contractor provided a "balcony" for the curious sidewalk superintendents passing by to view the project. It even has a an awning for rain protection and it looks like seats too. Thus the name "Ye Overseers Observatory".

I didn't notice that there is a reference to "Sidewalk Superintendents" on the sign until after I posted the above comment. That term was passed down to me from my father many years ago and it has stuck with me. There is also a new term for me on the sign too..."Excavation Enthusiasts". I will have to add that one to my vocabulary.

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