Friday, March 7, 2008

Boston, MA - Marshall & Hanover Sts.

I didn't notice this the first few times I looked at this picture, but a painted placard in the middle of this photo by Hine reads "Entrance --> No. 7 Marshall St." Lucky for me, even though I'm finding many addresses in Boston have been renumbered over the years, it seems as though 7 Marshall St. hasn't! That address still exists, and is tucked two doors down in the alley-way on the right hand side of this photo.

Marshall Street is the same street that the famous "Union Oyster House" restaurant is on in Boston.

In Hine's photo, originally captioned "Boy Woodpickers Under Way," you'll notice that the front face of this building has two sets of two windows on its second level, with the pairs separated by a square ornamental design of some sort.

The present-day photo shows that the windows have been modernized, and the ornamental square is now gone with the wind ... but a mashed-in section of bricks about its size screams "Yoo-hoo, something used to be hanging here!"

Yes, bricks are now talking to me. Ok, it's out now...I feel better.
(Oh, and is it me, or is it really strange how the sun is shining in both of these photos vertically in nearly the exact size and spot?)

Photo taken October 1909
Photo taken March 6, 2008


Lewis W. Hine photograph credit:

Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, National Child Labor Committee Collection, LC-DIG-nclc-03333.


  1. auntie, i luv this website:)

  2. cool:) caitlyn