The City of Boston Archives asks: Where and when was this Boston scene photographed? Larger view.
Looking northwesterly with the Shell station would be in the mid ground now?
No signs to use? Tough one. I will guess Roslindale Square.
Roslindale Square was the first thing I thought when I saw that picture, too.
Although the street angles seem a bit odd to me to be Rozzie Square I have no better answer and I figure some day Adam posts a pic from his neck of the woods. :-)
As for time - lots of electric poles - no cars although this is not downtown - more of a middle class neighborhood - so that could be why. I'd say 1895-1905.
The area looks so flat, houses on low foundations, no hills in the background...Brighton and Rozzie don't look quite like that.
I had the same guess: Rozzy Square.
The Twitter thread already has the answer.
Gonna say Oak Square in Brighton.
This is Central Sq in East Boston (Border St side). The photo was taken on June 1, 1905. Thanks for guessing, everyone!
How did the human race not go extinct with roads so wide?
Thankfully the bicyclists got them paved
Pretty sure every time one of these comes up, someone has the obligatory "Rozzie" answer. Man, this site is so Rozzie-centric haha
Here's a 2007 view from Google, and the streets are even wider now: