Tuesday, December 7, 2010

9 Minutes from Kenmore to Park Street?

More photos from the MIT Libraries

The archive was compiled by two MIT researchers who were studying urban planning. A research assistant on their project shot 2,000 photos of city neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area from 1954 to 1959. The pictures taken by Nishan Bichajian provide stark, black-and-white documentation of a bygone era. The Kepes/Lynch Collection, named for the researchers, is hosted by the university’s Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning.

9 minutes in 1957 :)

So in 1956 the Green Line was called Rapid Transit

No Charley Card machines in 1956

This is the 'arcade' that was located at what is now the Downtown Crossing T station - it had a food market, bakery and other stores.

Today this is the Orange Line platform heading towards Oak Grove.
In 1956 - it was called Summer Station

Stairs to Washington Station

Park Street 

Wish we had signs like this today

Fare was 20 cents in 1956

No Spitting??

Recently there has been a major issue about signs on buildings in Cambridge......ummm where were these people 55 years ago?

Pearl and Green Street (Central Sq)

The old F and T Diner in Kendall Square

 Massachusetts Ave between Central and MIT

Where the Asgard Irish Pub is today was a Chevy Dealership

This was the Kendall Sq bus station in 1957 - notice an old JENNY gas station nearby

Bob Slate's survived but .....

Heinz Building on Vassar Street


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