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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LE BALLON: 1883

Old North Church: 1909

Old North Church: 1909
THE SIGNAL LANTERNS OF

PAUL REVERE


DISPLAYED IN THE STEEPLE OF THIS CHURCH
APRIL 18 1775
WARNED THE COUNTRY OF THE MARCH
OF BRITISH TROOPS TO

LEXINGTON AND CONCORD.

Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1909. "Christ Church (Old North)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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The steeple

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Hull Street

This is Hull Street on the way to Copp's Hill Cemetery. Named for Mint Master Hull of the Pine Tree Shilling. He married off his daughter to Judge Sewall (of the Salem witch trials) with a dowry of her weight in Pine Tree Shillings, or so I tell the tourists.

Slack Barrels

Those are light duty "slack" barrels, for dry goods. They wouldn't even hold water. Staves were likely made of fir 1/4" thick, with elm or willow hoops nailed in place, or even without nails - held in place by notching the ends and interweaving them.

Still a parish

Some tourists are apparently surprised to learn that it is still an Episcopal parish church. Revere had the keys to the tower because he was captain of the bell team.

Pre-plastic days.

Love those heavy duty garbage cans.

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