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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

125 Pleasant Street: 1941

125 Pleasant Street: 1941

Street corner, Brockton, Massachusetts. January 1941. Two blurry figures pass by a fire hydrant in this time exposure by Jack Delano. View full size. Using the 125 above the door and the street sign as clues, we were able to find this building in Google Maps: 125 Pleasant Street at North Warren Avenue. It's the building to the right with the white roof, and seems to be more or less unchanged. Some of the apartments above the store are on the market as condos. The building the photographer used as his vantage point has disappeared, replaced by a parking lot.

 

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What a difference a decade (or seven) makes. I suspect to the average Joe of the time, this wasn't a particularly interesting view to behold. To my eyes in 2010, this image is overflowing with delights; the street furniture (traffic signals, signs, fire box, street lamps) and the window display of that store are magical.

Brockton today

From Street View. If I ever head over to Brockton I'll get a better res pic. But you really don't want to hang Brockton more than you have to.

Quincy's

Grandma....can I have a quarter to go to Quincy's?

So cool

A window into the past.

I grew up in this town

Without looking at the Google map, I knew exactly where this is located. The building does indeed look very much the same, if I still lived there I would go and shoot it for you. Maybe next time I am home...

Aerial photo

This intersection can also be seen in a 3-D aerial view.

Looks much more appealing in the old photo!

 
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