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Bustling Brockton: 1962

Bustling Brockton: 1962

"Street scene, Brockton, Massachusetts, July 1962." You'll find Shorpy at the Piece 'O' Pizza. 35mm negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

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Piece 'O' Pizza

Interesting, I never knew there was more than one Piece 'O' Pizza. I grew up in Boston, in Cleary Square there was a Piece 'O' Pizza, or "the pizza place" as everyone called it. I always thought it was a stand-alone. It did turn into a Papa Gino's. I remember the little tabletop juke boxes in each booth. Some of the Papa Gino's still had them just 10 years or so ago. In the photo Brockton looked so alive and vibrant.

Left to Right

1960 Ford at the curb, might be a Chrysler at the end of middle line, '55 Ford in front of that, unidentified, '57 Ford. '56 Plymouth, '59 Ford in front of 2 Checker cabs. At right curb: '63? Chevy, '60 Ford Falcon, '63 Ford wagon.

[The Chevy and Ford at the right curb are both 1962 models, and I think the Falcon in between may be as well. We also have a 1960 Rambler zipping off the edge of the frame at left. -tterrace]

Butter and Egg Man

1926 song written by Percy Venable, made famous by Louis Armstrong. A butter and egg store in 1957, things hadn't changed much in thirty years.

Piece 'o' Papa Ginos History

Piece 'O' Pizza changed names to Papa Gino's in 1968. Brockton still has three of them, like most New England towns of any decent size. Papa Gino's is the official sponsor of damn near everything.

Ah, the richness of detail!

It positively overwhelms!

Extensive restoration

This photo is taken from the corner of Main and Legion, where the row of buildings to the right not only remains, but an impressive amount of restoration has quite evidently taken place since this photo was taken, perhaps most notably the ornamental lintels over the windows of the first two buildings.

Now Showing

at the Center Theatre, "Advise & Consent," starring Henry Fonda, Charles Laughton, Don Murray and Walter Pidgeon.

Some pieces are left

The white building on the right and the 5 story building on the left are still there.

Eleven minutes to four.

I see three clocks and they all agree.

Detroit Iron

Wow. Look at all those classic cars.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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