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Pittsfield Panorama: 1906

Pittsfield Panorama: 1906

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "North Street from the park." Time in New England, 1:33. Panorama made from two 8x10 glass negatives.. View full size.

 

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No Streetcars in sight

As a kid growing up in Pittsfield in the 1940s I spent a lot of time waiting for buses in front of this bank. I noted in this photo that there were no streetcars present but in my own personal photo collection I have a similar view taken from the same hotel but during the 1909 Independence Day parade. It shows that streetcars were the principal means of bringing parade viewers downtown. In the photo attached you will notice that a very large percentage of the men present are wearing jackets in July.

Taconic Monarch

In the near distance sits Mt. Greylock, which, at 3491 feet, officially, is the highest point in Massachusetts. It sits off a ways from other area peaks, as if one of the southern Green Mountains of Vermont had picked up & hiked itself south. Better to rule in Massachusetts, than to serve in Vermont! The hike is great, the view much better, on a clear day.

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