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Cobb, Bates & Yerxa: 1906

Cobb, Bates & Yerxa: 1906

1906. "Looking east, Boston, Mass." Showing Boston Harbor and, at lower left, historic Faneuil Hall. Our title comes from the grocery next door and its finger-pointing signage. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
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Delivery Box

In 1980, shortly after my wife and I were married, we moved to Newton Highlands, Mass. We lived in a big Victorian house built in 1885. In the basement we found a large wooden box, probably once used as a food delivery box. On one side it said "From Cobb Bates & Yerxa Grocers 55 Summer St. Boston." We've used this box ever since for storage, most recently for my collection of sheet music. Thanks to your photo posting we now know where this box came from, before it arrived, filled with groceries, on a horse-drawn wagon at our doorstep.

Safety last

Notice the men standing in the windows of the building to the right of Cobb, Bates & Yerxa.

[They seem to be using safety belts. - Dave]

Didn't recognize it

The structures running down the center of the photo are part of a tourist attraction in Downtown Boston. The building with the cylindrical dormers is Faneuil Hall. The long structure, with the dome, is Quincy Market -- full of vendor stalls offering a wide variety of foods -- in the years I lived in the Boston area (1985 - 1993).

The buildings immediately to the right and rear are long gone -- giving the area an open look and feel. Other buildings appear to have been removed as part of the "Big Dig"; leaving a very nice park-like appearance.

Burned out building

Looks like that building in the foreground has suffered a fire.

 
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