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Scenes on the Streets of Boston – Part IV

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  • Massachusetts Avenue and Albany Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Corner filling stations like Jerry’s Atlantic were once convenient places to get a fill up and a variety of basic repair services. They were also places that a kid could get a start in the business pumping gas and gradually acquire skills that would serve him well later in life. A contemporary view of this location looks very different. One building comes down, a lot is cleared and, slowly but surely, the old neighborhood disappears. While you are living through it, the gradual changes in a neighborhood can seem insignificant.

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But when you compare a photo like this one, those changes are quite dramatic. The scene below on the Tremont Street side of Boston Common has not changed quite as much. The historic nature of the well known park and the Park Street Church in the distance would discourage anything so extreme. You can see earlier installments in this series on The Old Motor. Photos by Nishan Bichajian courtesy of MIT Libraries. Tell us all about the cars you see here on the streets of Boston.


5 responses to “Scenes on the Streets of Boston – Part IV

  1. Well let see, the picture of the Atlantic station I just love. Look at all that American Iron in that photo. Mercury, Plymouth, Chrysler (doors open) then Oldsmobile, Hudson and a Kaiser. And in the back ground a bill board ad for Atlantic gasoline with a very panoramic picture of a Ford station wagon with the Continental Great Divide in the back ground. And look, 26.9 cents per gallon. Sigh.

  2. Tremont Street Scene: Circa 1950 Chevy at left, , middle car is Olds same vintage, car in front is late 40’s Buick ( but pre-1949 ) and the truck is a Brockway.

  3. Yes indeed, all that American iron does look quite impressive. And its a very nice photo to look, at circa 1957 would be my guess. It is a little sad though to ponder the fact that two of those makes, Hudson and Kaiser, had already bit the bullet by then, with bad mangement being the main reason. For Hudson it was because of their ill fated Jet, while for Kaiser it was because of the loss of the Fraiser. A ’51 Fraiser is a very nice looking car, too bad that they only made 10,000 of them dispite the fact that dealers had placed initial orders of 55,000. How dumb can you get!

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