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State Street: 1905

State Street: 1905

1905. "State Street, Boston, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Changed Landscape

It's amazing to see how much the past 113 years of construction have transformed and modernized the city. We worked with the developers of One Dalton Tower, which is now the highest building in Boston. Just very interesting to see this look into the past compared to the present.


The Cunard building still has the lamp sconces:

Everything required

From Illustrated Boston: The Metropolis of New England (1889): “Francis Doane & Co., Manufacturers of Blank Books, Stationers, Etc., No. 116 State Street. This business was established in 1825. […] The line of business involves everything required in the routine of office work, such as blank books, day books, ledgers, journals, cash books, etc., letter, note and bill heads, fine commercial printing, checks, bonds, certificates of stock, lithographic work, stationery, flexible memorandums and letter presses. Mr. Doane makes a specialty of railway, office and bank supplies, and guarantees entire satisfaction.”

C'mon people

Just how difficult is it to parallel park a horse and wagon? We all had to learn this in driver ed.

Go Sox!

The Hancock building beacon was flashing blue on one side and red on the other to celebrate their win this morning.

And here's to dear old Boston,
The land of the bean and the cod,
Where Lowells speak only to Cabots,
and Cabots speak only to God.

Parade is Wednesday morning at 11, rain or shine.

Boston backup

That buckboard jam up the street looks impossible to straighten out.

Hot Property

I wonder if landlords charged higher rent on the south-facing side of the street so they could recoup the cost of awnings.

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