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Lawrence Massachusetts Street Scenes

We return to Lawrence, MA today for a look at more images dating to 1957 from the City’s “Before Urban Renewal Photograph Collection.” The lead photo was taken on Lowell St. and contains apartment buildings and storefronts which were all demolished before the redevelopment program began. From right to left the Charles Molchan Market was located at 141 Lowell St., a “Dressed Poultry” store at number 155 and M. Fournier’s at 157.

Share with us what you find of interest in these photos courtesy of Digital Commonwealth. View earlier Valley Street photographs here.

We which that all of our friends and readers have an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Your comments will still get posted but this will be the last post until we return again on Monday morning December 2nd.

141 to 159 Lowell Street.

  • Carl’s Auto service was located at 162 Valley St.

  • A parking lot located at 90 Valley Street.

16 responses to “Lawrence Massachusetts Street Scenes

  1. In the 3rd picture [2nd expandable photograph]. in the lower left corner, is the back-end of either a 1947 or ’48 STUDEBAKER Commander; there’s also a same vintage STUDEBAKER across the street in the back of the lot on the left.

  2. First picture: The ’57 Buick looks tired, besides having a sagging door. Most of the two-door cars had longer doors than their four-door counterparts, which caused the door to be heavier. The ’57 Pontiac looks pretty spiffy by comparison, or not even by comparison.
    Rounding out the shot is a 50ish Studebaker, Nash, maybe a ’50 Pontiac. Don’t know about the front fender of the next car. In front of the Buick is maybe a Mopar product and behind a ’53-’54 Ford.
    The big three is well represented in all the great photos. Pontiac seems to be the car of choice, with at least six total. Nice job Dave!

  3. Pontiacs are popular up there. New 1957’s and older Chiefs parked along the streets, and lots. There are many new 1957 models, Buick, Ford, several Chevrolets, and of course Pontiacs.

  4. Great photos, David! My guesses…

    In Item 1 of 3, I believe that’s a ’52 Ford Customline convertible, then a ’57 Buick Special Riviera Coupe and a ’46-’48 Dodge Business Coupe.
    Across the street the front clip of a ’49 or ’50 Mercury, possibly a ’50 Pontiac Chieftain sedan, a ’57 Pontiac, likely a Chieftain 4-door Catalina, a ’52 or ’53 Nash Statesman, probably a ’50 Studebaker Champion Starlight Coupe and maybe tail end of a ’51 Buick

    In Item 2 of 3, possibly a ’47 Studebaker Commander on the left. On the right the front clip of a ’57 Chevy One-Fifty with a ’57 Pontiac Chieftain 2-door Catalina ahead. In the lot, the rear of a ’57 Fairlane or Fairlane 500, a ’50 or ’51 Olds 88 Sedan, likely a ’51 Buick Super Riviera Sedan, a ’52 or ’53 Cadillac Series ’62 Sedan (exhaust ports in bumper vs a ’51) and a ’50 Mercury coupe (round emblem vs a ’49).

    In Item 3 of 3, in the lot a ’55 Rambler, a ’54 Pontiac (no split Silver Streaks vs a ’53), a ’55 Bel Air coupe, a ’54 Ford Tudor, a ’55 Plymouth and a pair of ’53 or ’54 Plymouths. On the street a ’52 Pontiac (dip in upper grille surround vs a ’51), a ’57 Chevy Bel Air sedan, a ’57 Plymouth Belvedere Sedan and a ’54 Country Squire

  5. In the 3rd picture [2nd expandable photograph], the car being worked on at the garage, is a 1952 BUICK Roadmaster Riviera, with the hood “tilted” to the passenger’s side of the car.

  6. Nice pics, thanks!

    Two thoughts;

    1) The newest car in the pictures is a 57. It looks like the 52 Ford Sunliner has had a rough life.

    2) In the third picture you can see a 57 Chevrolet with a 57 Plymouth parked behind it. It’s easy to see why GM panicked when they saw the cars of the Forward Look. (Same with the 2ne picture with a 57 Pontiac and a 57 Fairlane 500. )

  7. Interesting, the tenement buildings have no wooden framed storm windows or even the clips to hang them from. By 1957, aluminum framed storm windows had already started replacing older wooden framed storm windows. These windows show no evidence of either. Lawrence is north of Boston so one would expect to have them in what can have very cold winters.

    • Tenement buildings, in any big city, weren’t built with any thought to comfort. I hesitate to say it, but if they did have storm windows, they would have been stolen and sold anyhow.
      Urban renewal was a wonderful dream that often did not quite work out as the planners thought. In Rochester, NY the urban renewal projects of the 60’s were torn down by the 80’s.

  8. 2nd pic looks like a rough part of town. Those punks broke all the warehouse windows. The truck behind Carl’s is a early 50’s Ford, the Wolff’s truck, however, looks like a then new, one year only ’57 IH A series open top. Seems like a lot of newer cars in for service. The Ponchos are the mechanics cars, I bet.

  9. I wonder how many tailpipes Carls Auto Service had to repair after backing the cars up to that wooden post? Thanks for a great site Mr. Greenlees and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving also! Take care, Mike.

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