The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.
Now I'll have this stuck in my head all day:
Ummm... 1377 Washington Street, in Roxbury?
3077 … Egleston. Looking down Atherton.
Joseph F McGinnis, the so-called "brains" of Brinks Robbery, was owner of Imbescheid's package store (3077 Washington St) in the late '40s to mid '50s, and was taken into custody there in the FBI round-up. He sold it on Feb 29, 1956.
This is a Haffenreffer neighborhood.
Also Washington would have had the El by this time, not streetcars.
but Ballentine was truly stomach-turning rotgut.
It's a little more clear in the photo on Boston City Archives' twitter, but that steel post is the orange line elevated. 3 Atherton is visible in the photo, most everything else has been torn down.
There were local streetcar tracks under the elevated, both in JP and Charlestown, the switch in the tracks suggests either Washington St. at the backend of Arborway yard or Egleston.
I'm guessing that you searched the business name as well. There's little from this era anywhere near that address when you go to the map's streetview and the archive photos always have enough of the original buildings remaining to identify it so I knew that wasn't it.
It does look like 5 and 7 Atherton match exactly with the houses in the background here.
Hmm. Suburban looking, residential street with trolley tracks. Maybe Centre Street in JP?
Center and Sheridan
TALbot 2770 = 825-2770
Thanks for playing, folks! 3077 Washington Street in Egleston Square is correct! The date is October 30, 1939
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