Friday, February 14, 2014

Bromfield Street, Boston

Bromfield Street, Boston, ca 1908 (Detroit Publishing Company)

Luckily there are none of these auto-mobiles yet. Excerpt from a photo found on Shorpy.com.

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22 comments:

  1. An amazing photo, so much detail. If you read old British local newspapers you find the courts fining people for blocking the road with their horse and cart or leaving it unattended, this picture gives an idea why.

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    1. Until I saw these pictures I'd never realized how many horse carriages there actually were in use in the larger cities.

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  2. A great photo, Rob. You could use it for this week's Sepia Saturday.

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  3. How many cigar shops can one city block support? 2 at least, it seems.

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  4. Welcome back Rob! The clarity of this picture is amazing

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  5. Love seeing people going about their lives...busy looking, avoiding what horses leave along their paths I'm sure!

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  6. I'm amazed at the similarities of the pictures from different cities with their solid buildings and their busy horse drawn traffic. A beautiful photo.

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  7. No motor cars, yes, but a lot of smoke anyway. Cigars in the right, cigars in the left... :-)

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  8. Great photo, Rob, lots of atmosphere. Shorpy.com. is a good place to view photographs. I check it every day.

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  9. This is just stunning. I like the lighting as it just seems to pull me into the photo. I shall have to pin this to Pinterest, if I can!

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  10. An interesting street scene. I wonder whether it was always that congested.

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  11. It's so beautifully clear! I could spend ages looking at all the detail.

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  12. Wondering what all those tagged boxes are in the tailoring shop, left front. Great street scene.

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  13. When I see these photos of folks trotting merrily along I cannot help but think it could not have been pleasant, horses and their leavings and all. But it is a great photo

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  14. Hi Rob,
    This is a great photo with amazing clarity.
    I thought of you when I was in Amsterdam a few months ago and saw a train that would have taken us to Amersfoort. I hope all is well in Amersfoort.
    Christine

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    1. Thank you, all is well in and with Amersfoort! I hope you had a pleasant time in Amsterdam.

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  15. The life of an urban horse was harsh and short. The reason most cities developed public sanitation was because of the thousands of dead horses, mules, and donkeys that blocked the streets every year. Manure was less a problem as it could be collected by poor people who sold it back to the farmers. I once watched a military display in London where the horse manure left by the cavalry horses was quickly cleaned up by the London pigeons! At one time these birds had useful purpose.

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  16. Great picture. My attention was almost immediately caught by the woman at the bottom of the photo crossing the street in what looks to be in rather a hurry.

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  17. A very hectic street, and no doubt quite smelly as well, but the men and women out and about their business look very determined to ignore the chaos and get to wherever they are going.

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  18. After Jo mentioned that women, I tried counting how many women were actually out in public, NOT many, I could only see 4. I guess, back in the day, that just wasn't the place for a "lady" perhaps?? Great post Rob, missed seeing your posts..

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