When you could take the el to pick up some meat and fish

Old Boston el and meat market

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when and where this photo was taken. See it larger.



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    You're off by two decades

    Dover Street was renamed East Berkeley in 1967.

    Pretty much for the same reason you state.

    The area around there was decimated by urban renewal projects that tore down the New York Street neighborhood, replacing it with empty lots, light industrial, and, of course, the (now gone) Boston Herald building.


    Coming into South End on Dover?

    This is coming into the South End on Dover? Where the current auto detail shop at Washington St is now located?

    Big changes in store - 11-story office building approved for that site! (80 Berkeley). Ron Druker owns the lots. His family has owned it since ... I think the 50s or 60s - post teardowns.

    The Answer!

    Thanks for playing everyone! This is the Dover Street Station on what is now East Berklee St. It was taken sometime prior to 1967, most likely in the late '50s.

    Help finding photo

    Wondering if you could help. Within the past 10 years, The Boston Globe magazine posted a photo of West Concord Street sometime in the 50's. The picture was about the old el. It featured a sign of my grandfather's drug store called Concord drug. I never met my grandfather and my dad passed away a little over a year ago, and I can't seem to find the copy.
    I believe the original belongs to a museum at MIT or Harvard?
    Do you know if this photo maybe part of your archives or how I might track it down.

    For Caroline - Concord Drug - Here's your photo

    Actually, two photos of Concord Drug:



    These are from a collection of photos made for a research project for Kevin Lynch in MIT's City Planning Department in the 1950s. They are beautiful photos of Boston, and nearly 2,000 of them have been posted on Flickr by the MIT libraries:


    Glad to be of help -- it's always fun to browse through that collection. (Too bad it's not indexed better!)