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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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if I had to guess.

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And by "guess" do you mean read it off of the signs?

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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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In the foreground, where the doorway says "WOMEN."

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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).

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I'm going with nona and saying 1915. The photo was take on Dot Ave.

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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

http://wfnorman.com/

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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?

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... one of these days.

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And I think it may be condos now, or on the way to becoming condos. All visible from the SWC bike path near the Boston Building Resource Center. A "lost breweries" tour could be very cool.

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... a nice UHub excusion. (There hasn't been one for years, I think).

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I knew that some of these buildings were breweries but I didn't know how many there were! So--the Rueters building is still there.

http://www.jphs.org/victorian/bostons-lost-breweries.html

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Mmmmmm....Berger....

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...I want a Moxie….

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

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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.

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... of detail (and background "cultural") information in just this one old photo. ;-}

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I wish I did, honestly.

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