You get a clean shave and a cigar, then wander into the bar

Street scene under an el in old Boston

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






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I've never gone in, and forever just always figured it was another old mans drinkers bar. Had no idea it was so . . ahem . . unique. Now I'm intrigued by the whole situation . .

Hasn't Aga's/ Highland Tap

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Hasn't Aga's/ Highland Tap been shut down on and off over the years- recall about 16-17 years ago when I had friends who lived in lofts across the street- they were letting people in through the back/ kitchen when they were supposed to be shuttered for 1 licensing offense or another- seemed to be a fairly regular occurrence

Went into Aga's once

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A few years ago, on a weeknight around 7pm. They do have bikini dancers if it's still open. However the inside is really outdated and the whole experience was a bit creepy!

Perhaps it has , the area has

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Perhaps it has , the area has changed much since Blairs closed and the iron came down . Agamemnon was related to the operator of another peeling emporium .

Last lines of the Yelp review

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This place is eerie! Perhaps the spirits of those from the cemetery across the street have risen like something out of Thriller and inhabited the bodies of those working there. Wasn't comfortable until I drove home and showered.

So much fun

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This is an easy one; it's the neighborhood I live in. I love these things, but this one in particular is REALLY cool. I now know what it used to look like.


Dawson's Ale

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You would never wander into Dawson's -- you might wander in and drink a Dawson's. It was a popular brand of beer back then, actually Dawson's Ale. Just like bars in more recent times that have signs out front reading Budweiser or Miller, the actual name of the bar is in small print at the bottom or top. The lettering is pretty small here, but it looks like this bar is the Highland Tap. And I think the awning sign reads Pickwick Ale, which was another local brand.

The beer companies would pay for the signs and awnings, which is why the beer name was so big and the bar name so little.

And from the more recent views, it looks like the latest occupant of the building was still a bar, still the Highland Tap, now with a Budweiser sign on it, plus "Established Since 1947" -- although it's not clear if it's still in business.

[Although we used to have a Dawson's in my neighborhood -- it was a mom-and-pop hardware store.]

The Twitter discussions on these

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are just amazing. People who don't recognize a single clue in the photo, or only recognize something that narrows it down to a huge area, yet feel the need to comment anyway.

"Well there's an elevated train, so somewhere where the elevated train is."

"I have no idea, but maybe somewhere in Somerville."


There are some sort of

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There are some sort of strange metal things embedded in the pavement, running parallel to traffic. That should help narrow it down.

Put down your Beers

The Eliot Burying Ground is what tipped me off. There just aren't that many raised cemeteries in Boston.

Address: Eustis and Washington Streets Roxbury

1630- Dating from 1630, Eliot Burying Ground (formerly known as Old Roxbury Burying Ground and Eustis Street Burying Ground) is the oldest burying ground in Roxbury and one of the three oldest of Boston's historic burying grounds with the first interment made in 1633. This burying ground was the site of the Roxbury Neck fortifications. At the time of the siege of Boston, American colonists built a redoubt in 1775 to defend the road to Dorchester and the entrance to the town of Roxbury. It extended from Eustis Street across Washington Street, and was called the Burying Ground Redoubt. Interments ceased here in 1854 except those made in family tombs. In 1857 the town built the external wall and gate and made landscaping improvements, including pathways and trees. Near the Eustis Street entrance is the Dudley family tomb for early Colonial governors. Buried there are Governor Thomas Dudley [1653], Governor Joseph Dudley [1720], Chief Justice Paul Dudley [1752] and Colonel William Dudley [1743]. The Dudley tomb is covered with an oval marble slab which took the place of the original plate of pewter that was cut out by American soldiers of the Roxbury camp during the siege of Boston and made into bullets. The Minister's or Parish Tomb contains the site's namesake, John Eliot, apostle to the Indians [1690], and five later ministers of the First Church of Roxbury. Benjamin Thompson, schoolmaster and physician [1714], is also buried there as well as generations of early Roxbury families.