|A wonderful book was published last year which is a picture history of Harvard Square from 1950 to the present.|
The author Mo Lotman describes the book
The well-trod patch of Cambridge turf at the corner of the nation's most renowned university has long been a crossroads where poetry, politics, retailing, architecture, performance, design, and every other cultural endeavor intersect. Harvard Square is more than a beloved space, it is a state of mind. Inside the pages of this book, one is immediately transported there.
From the Square's tweedy 1950s through the tumultuous ’60s, the colorful ’70s, and all the way up to the present, Mo Lotman gives a decade-by-decade account of Harvard Square's traditions, history, and lore. The bookstores, the billiard parlors, the barbershops, the booze and burger joints: they're all here. Compiling interviews with more than 100 of the Square's movers and shakers, a treasure-trove of archival and modern photographs, and texts by John Updike, Bill McKibben, Governor Bill Weld, and others, Harvard Square brings "the smartest urban space in America" to vivid life.
Many of these pictures are in the book and a few are others I have collected. It is a wonderful look back.
|The subway construction was brutal|
|1970's - The Tasty can be seen to the right|
|snow looked the same in the 50's|
|This was torn down in 1962 for Holyoke Center.|
|This would be late 70's as the BayBank name has appeared but the subway construction has yet to start,|
Thank you Mo.....
His website also has a detailed list of the stores that were in the Square.....