When it was still warm enough to just hang out outside

Hanging out in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

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Some clues

* Campaign poster for Ward 12.

* Street sign in the top-left. It looks like the last three letters of the street name are "...TRY".

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From the street sign, I'm

From the street sign, I'm going to guess that the cross street is Holworthy Street in Roxbury. So that would make the main street Walnut Street or Harold Street.

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yep I think that's right,

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yep I think that's right, looking north up Walnut Ave at the intersection of Holworthy St/Crawford St/Walnut Ave, interesting from that Do Not Enter sign it looks like at the time Holworthy St was going the other way

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If so, no longer there

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If it is Holworthy St, these buildings did not survive the redlining/arson of that era - they don't appear on Google Street View. (Perhaps not surprising considering the one in the foreground appears to be already boarded up.)

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Yeah, I tried to find any

Yeah, I tried to find any streetcorner on Holworthy that looks like that picture and failed. But it seemed to be the only street in that Ward whose name could match what we can see of the street sign.

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I've got the year

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1962, though it seems later than that. I'll also go with somewhere in Grove Hall.

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Alleghany

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THAT STREET RAN OVER TO DONNELLY ADVERTISING ON ST ALPHONSES
I WAS ONLY TEN AT THE TIME BUT IN 1970 THE HILL WAS MOSTLY IRISH CATHOLIC.
BUT I DONT REMEMBER MUCH MORE THAN CALUMET ST AND BASEBALL FIELD ON TOP OF THE HILL.

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Man, Donnelly Advertising

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Man, Donnelly Advertising had shops all over the place , that's a blast from the past !

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The Pants

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The 2 guys on the right are wearing identical high-waist pants and string belts as the Sharks and the Jets did in West Side Story - released in 1961. (not totally a fashion geek.)

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Parker street going up the

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Parker street going up the hill , Belle truck is produce serving small markets , Budweiser sign market / beer store .

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That 2nd car

I'm about 58% sure that the light-colored car is a 1960-ish Chrysler Imperial. Can't remember anything else with that type of taillight.

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I’ll put my money on: the

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I’ll put my money on: the southwest corner of Harold and Holworthy Street, looking south. All buildings now gone unfortunately.

This was a good one...just enough clues but not too easy.

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Wow!

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It kind of makes you want to cry.

I guess the pace of development in Boston is truly uneven.

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Arson and Redlining

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It ate massive holes in the fabric of the city.

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great call

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it looks so open without the houses there

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Sad indeed!

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A big change from the photo, which I liked. I like how it shows kids hanging out on their front steps and the family dog keeping them company by resting nearby on the sidewalk

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Actually

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that modern day view is looking down (south I think) Harold Street while the older photograph is looking east on Holworthy. So it's not as depressing as it first seemed when you look at the same angle. (Still not as great as the first shot though)

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That is a sad sight!

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The fact that there were houses there, which were razed is totally unfortunate.

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The Dog

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And for the record, can I say . . That's a good looking dog.

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Thanks for playing, folks!

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Thanks for playing, folks! This shows Harold and Holworthy Streets in Roxbury. Our Election Dept records show that a Dewey M. Duckett Jr ran for State Rep in the Sept 1962 Republican Primary, so we are dating this as the summer of 1962. Its possible that the sign is old, and so the photo is later, but it looks like its in pretty good shape. Dewey lost to Alfred Brothers, 1,491 to 542.

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