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Class Day: 1906

Class Day: 1906

1906. "Harvard Square -- Cambridge, Massachusetts." Note the signs advertising "Class Day." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Was the date of the 1906 Class Day according to this article from the Cambridge Tribune.
Also this ticket.

No survivors

Looking at Google Street View for September 2014, it appears that every single building shown in the 1906 shot -- outside the gates of Harvard itself, naturally -- was demolished. The entire left side was taken out for the Holyoke Center in 1966, the Cambridge Savings Bank definitely sprouted a new building, and the entire far side of the square, Coop and all, was replaced. Some charm now, but not nearly so much as it had.

Trustworthy folks

What a lovely photograph capturing a moment in time at Harvard Square. There is so much going on in this image. And imagine, a fellow could actually leave his bicycle unattended next to the curb and expect it to be there when he returns.

Havahd Squeah

The Coop is still there. The bank is still there. This is 1906, so the T station is not there (the subway came to Harvard Square in 1912 and terminated there for over 70 years.) What a great photo; it brings back a lot of memories.

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