Good ol' Berger

Berger Mfg.

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when and where Berger Manufacturing manufactured their premium sheet metal. See it larger.



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    (well, reading and inferring from the movie posters.)

    The Birth of a Nation

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    The Birth of Nation is playing, so gotta be sometime after 1915. The movie was kind of a big deal so who knows it kept playing in theaters.

    It's in Southie

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    Berger was at 160-166 Broadway Extension, in South Boston (April-July 1915)

    I'm guessing Furer & Rosen is at 101-103 Dorchester Ave...

    The old intersection of Broadway and Albany. - Wrong

    I agree with those below. It looks like the intersection of Broadway and Dot Ave. If Birth of A Nation is playing (1915), then this is just before the land got taken by the Boston Elevated Railway to build Broadway Station. You are looking west from the old Sunoco gas station site towards what is now the MBTA yards under the Broadway Bridge.

    That explains the angle of the Berger Building in relation to the Broadway Bridge. This site is now a "park" that is over the MBTA terrorist / fire / bad things / training center in the old street car station that is between the street level and the subway.

    Could be a public restroom

    I believe there was a time when Boston actually had them.

    It might also have been a changing/locker room for the industrial places (not sure if that was an established practice in 1915 or so, though).

    Wherever Bergy was , he

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    Wherever Bergy was , he should be here and now , on B street or sometwhere close by. That stuff made a comeback and is beau coup expensive.. All the stores had these types of ceilings. I got a few sheets to put over my wood stove , ouch$$$$$ , there went my First Communion money, plus some.

    Here is some examples from a place still , as the LLC'ers say , DBAing.......

    W.F. Norman Corp.
    Hand Pressed Tin Ceilings – Tin Ceiling Panels, Cornices, Tin Ceiling Designs, Roofing, Siding, and Ornaments

    Holy cow

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    That's very cool. I'm assuming we're looking up (in a fanciful kind of way) at Fort Hill with the train tracks and...Stony Brook running alongside?

    The Answer!

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    Thanks for playing folks! This is Dorchester Avenue near Foundry Street in South Boston, circa 1915-1920.

    A little more

    The building that says Women, is yes a comfort station. The junk yard to the right was owned by someone name Crosby in 1919.

    The undecorated brick building to the left was the City of Boston Bridge Department and out of the picture to the left was a fire station. They stayed up even after the tunnel was placed under the buildings.