Taking a another look at the Boston of 50 plus years ago...
Pictures courtesy of the Rotch Visual Collections, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Steaming Kettle of Government Center in it's Scollay Square days.
Washington and Friend St - Downtown Boston
Looks like the South End had a Dairy Queen back in the day.
Cambridge had 'TOURIST PARKING'.
I rememember when Bunratty's occupied the spot that Wonder Bar does today on Harvard Ave in Allston, but apparently long before it became Bunratty's it was Wonder Bar.
Today at Boylston and Berkeley, we have a Starbucks where St Clairs' Fine Foods was located, and what is now Au Bon Pain was a Walton's.
Looking east down Boylston from Berkeley
IBM in 1955 - they would build a large office building a decade later
Boylston and Dartmouth - the baby Hancock towered over all then
Hayes Bickfords was all over the city, as was fierce rival Waldorfs
Back in the 50's, Highways inside Boston became C-1, C-9, C-28
The Copley Square newsstand didn't change for decades.
Chinatown was well -Chinatown
Long before FedEx we had Railroad Express
Boston didn't do J.P Licks in the 50's - HoJo's was king (Copley Square)
Mass Ave and Prospect St. (Cambridge) - there was a Wimpy Burger where Leader Bank is today
Checker Cab at Back Bay Station
The road signs leaving the Sumner Tunnel were impossible to read during the day.
Memorial Drive has many route numbers in the 50's
and that concludes this trip in the 'Time Machine' as we park it for the night....more to come