Where and when was this photo taken? From the Boston City Archives. See it larger.
The First Church (UU) is just out of view to the left.
The name of the building is the Cox building.
John Eliot Square in Roxbury !
In the window of the drug store it says "ex-lax."
Back up several clicks to the corner...the intersection in the photo is Highland Street. The building on the right closest to the round building is still there (the building with ACEDONE in it that says "Norfolk House" up top), but the one on the corner there that's wood-frame and has the drug store in it isn't there anymore -- replaced by Marcus Garvey Gardens. It looks from the lines in the photo that Highland Street was wider when the photo was taken, and the parcel was extended a bit when the newer building was built? Anyone know?
I love these "where was it taken" pictures, but I would like to know if it is part of a crowdsourcing effort for the archives (as opposed to a fun quiz to which the answers are already known)
thatassumed that it's for fun. You can see "Eliot Square" in the pharmacy sign--doesn't seem like hard core detective work, but I love to see the comments and additional info that come from these posts. Maybe the archives folk do too?
Given that the city archives folks frequently add comments to the various threads confirming correct guesses, it seems pretty clear that they already know the locations.
Yes, these are usually for fun and not for crowdsourcing locations. We almost always know the answer, but we enjoy having people guess and hearing their observations and comments!
Looks like a crew of at least 5 guys to spraypaint new crosswalks, using boards for a stencil.
He's watching the photographer to make sure he doesn't take any unauthorized photos of MTA buses.
Adamg, the headline "Where was this curved building?" ought to read "Where is this curved building?" The Cox Building still stands.