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Mystery Boston intersection

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

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Backside of Harvard medical

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Backside of Harvard medical (on left edge of photo) from Huntington Ave? Buildings in the center and right of the photo could front Longwood

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It's at the corner of

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Boylston and Brookline in Fenway!! Wish that place was still around, looks great..

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Longwood and Brookline Avenues

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That's right people, we are staring at the Longwood Galleria.

Weird.

I'll throw 1958 out there for a time.

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Bingo

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I'll bet that diner was open very late hours, if not 24-hours a day, to feed med students and hospital workers. Somehow, I don't think the world imploded around it, either.

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Somehow I'd imagine people

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Somehow I'd imagine people didn't whine as much in those days either. Let it go or open up your own 24hr diner to feed med students and hospital workers instead of anonymously bitching on the internet.

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Maybe even earlier

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Are those cars from the 50's? I'd say possibly as early as 1948. Any gearheads want to weigh in?

Cool photo and good spot if those mentioning a location are correct on Brookline and Boylston.

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I could buy that

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Whatever the latest model year car is, the photo is usually a year or two more recent. That convertible in the middle definitely looks like it could be of that vintage - somewhere between the war and Happy Days.

I think a 12 year old Arthur Fonzerelli is entering the diner.

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Looks like there is a 1951

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Looks like there is a 1951 Plymouth and same year Chevy, would have to drink some Old T and Ganset and go into a seance to really discern those cars.......

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Another Hint

The partially-constructed high-rise building behind the incinerator stacks. If that is the Farley Building at Children's, this would be 1954 or 1955 (it opened in 1956). If it is the expansion of the Jimmy Fund building to eight floors, it would be 1957.

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LMA?

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Could it be at Brookline Ave and Fenwood Rd or the Riverway? The stacks in the background could be where the Brigham and Women's power plant is today..

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The Answer

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Thanks for playing, everyone! This is the intersection of Brookline and Longwood Ave. We don't have an exact year, but know it was taken sometime in the 1950s.

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The Federal Diner was owned

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The Federal Diner was owned by my grandfather Samuel S. Kern. A bit of trivia: his wife's brother, Arthur Kaufman, owned another Boston landmark--a restaurant he named after his son: Buzzy.

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