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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.

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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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