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Pleasant Street: 1906

Pleasant Street: 1906

Malden, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Pleasant Street from Malden Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Not Filene's

Jordan Marsh was the store that was in Malden Square up to about 35 years ago - not Filene's. (Although the 2 were rather similar.)

Technology Sneaking Up on Them

Wagon Horse on the right: "That water fountain looks good. I could sure use a drink right about now."

Wagon Horse on the left: "If we take another break for water they're going to replace us all with those iron horse contraptions behind us. Now be quiet and get a move on!"

The horse-drawn wagon

Belongs to the Boston Elevated Railways Dept. of Wires and Conduits. There's a roll of trolley wire in the back. I wonder how many horses and wagons they needed to maintain the system? This wagon is numbered 190!

Streetlight conversion

The streetlight at right is interesting. An old arc light that has been converted to incandescent by replacing the arc gizmo with light bulbs!

[The horse-fountain base is another custom touch. - Dave]

Black's Furniture

The only building still standing in this picture is the sturdy 3-story brick building with the high arched windows at the right-center. If you walk down Pleasant Street to the other side of the building, you can look up and still see a faded painted sign high up on the exterior brick wall, reading: "Buy Your Stoves and Furnaces at Black's Furniture and Carpet . . " The low-rise buildings at the left margin, with the awnings, were long ago replaced by a six-story building that housed a Filene's Department Store that closed (I'm guessing here) 35-40 years ago. Downtown Malden hasn't quite recovered since - although there is a half-decent Irish pub on Pleasant Street, just behind where the trolley car is situated, as well as a couple of other middle-brow restaurants in the neighborhood. It's not Lawrence.

 
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