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Northfield: 1900

Northfield: 1900

Circa 1900. "Main Street -- Northfield, Massachusetts." Home of the Home Bakery and Candy Kitchen. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Good Reconnaissance, Shorpy Hunters!

Doug Floor Plan and psteach: good "I Spy"!

I found the house on the left as well and was trying to confirm the buildings on the right. You were both faster on the trigger! The fan over the door was the key for me.

I do wish I could have experienced streets with their elm tree canopies.

As I was doing this, my wife texted me asking about anything I was craving from the grocery store: "Ice cream! A good coffee ice cream, please!" It's 38 degrees in Boston today, but New Englanders love ice cream year round! Happy March 1st, Everyone!

The Ravages of Time

I am taken by the stark contrast between the 1900 picture and the modern Google street view image. The original depicts the ten mile-per-hour world of a quaint tree-lined avenue. The viewer as the traveler is seemingly invited to experience (at least notice) the lives and livelihoods that pass by. By stark contrast the modern view is that of a colder, more impersonal 50+ mph world. The traveler is merely passing through. It is all a blur, nothing to see here. Keep going. Such are the changes that time brings on.

50 Main Street

I believe this is the spot today. On the left at 50 Main Street, the chimney, windows and side door with a fan light match. On the right, the second story windows and point in the porch roof over the steps match; the porch has been enclosed. I could not find ice cream on the right; but at 60 Main Street there is Mim's Market. I bet they have Ben and Jerry's.

psteach, you found the spot before I did. To get the image to appear rather than the reference -- in Google Street view, there's a black box in the top left-hand corner. Inside the box, in the top right-hand corner are three dots. Click on that and one of the options is to embed an image. From there select embed a map, then select copy HTML, then paste in your Shorpy text box. When you read the paste, the width will be 600; you'll want to change the width to 766.

i think i've found it,-72.4573949,3a,75.7y,19.94h,94.03t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s4H_s_mkiWhb578qf7eN3ug!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

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