When Boston had more than one oyster house

Higgins' Oyster House in old Boston

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    scollay sq

    Looking down Cornhill toward Fanueil Hall, Sears Block on right, Crawford House on far left (with awnings) Quincy House tower in the distance (on Brattle), subway under construction so I'm going to say 1897

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    Precisely what I said

    That's almost exactly what I tweeted, except I said 1898 for the year.

    We need to turn this into a bet. Winner gets a jar of genuine Tremont Subway subway dust, containing particles from 1896 through 2014.

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    Scollay Square, late 19th

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    Scollay Square, late 19th century. The Sears crescent is at right, and Chapman house at left.

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    Giveaway

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    The sign on the building at the far right does say "Tremont Street"

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    I see a bustling street

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    All those dirty people, businesses, streetcars and bicyclists sullying our city. Time for some street widening, building bulldozing, and desolate concrete plaza making.

    We'll fix all the problems with our city by getting rid of all the people and building a monument to governmental hubris. That'll teach 'em.

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    Building at extreme right

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    The building at the extreme right, with the Tremont Street sign on it, is still there. The storefront has been remodeled, but the upper floors are the same.

    The Steaming Kettle sign used to be on another nearby building and was moved to its present location in 1967.

    The Answer

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    Thanks for playing folks! This is looking east from Tremont Street into Scollay Sq, on August 26, 1897.

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