A place to recall and celebrate the wonderful stores of a Downtown Boston now alive only in our memories

Tuesday 1 April 2008

Looking At A Photograph

A bit of fun! I came upon this photo some time ago and wanted to post it.

The Bostonian Society has this in its archive and has said it is a photo of Washington Street.

I am very sure it is not! The photo was taken in the early 1950's on the corner of Bedford and Chauncy Streets. This photo shows the Bristol Building of Jordan Marsh and the rear of the Annex. You are looking up towards Washington Street and at the rear entrance of RH White's.

You can see RH White's flag(celebrating the 100th birthday) up near the top of the photo.

Note the 1928 ward map and see the way I have marked it with blue. This shows the Jordan Marsh complex of buildings and the "X" marks the spot of the photographer's shot.

During the time my grandmother worked for Jordan Marsh(1920's to 1950's), the various Jordan Marsh buildings were called by the names Bristol, Hovey, Main and Annex by both the shoppers and workers alike. Each building being known for the specific range of items it sold.

The use of the Bristol Building decreased with 1949 wing which replaced all of the old Hovey Buildings along Summer and Chauncy Streets.

All of the buildings were connected by tunnels and there was also a sky bridge over Avon Street connecting the 1949 wing to the Annex Building.

By my time in the late 60's, the Bristol Building was still there but used for extra office space by Jordan Marsh. I think...and I may be wrong...but the photo I posted today of the rear of the Annex was where the book department was....I think. Am I right???

Let me know:-)



Michael Lisicky said...

If I'm not mistaken, the flag at R.H. White's seems to be celebrating its 100th birthday. If that is the case, this photo should be dating from 1953. The store wouldn't be lasting all that much longer as it transported operations to Worcester.

Charles Boston said...

Hello Michael:
Thanks....the photo is early 50's upon closer inspection and RH White's had the 100th birthday flags up for a year or two round this time.
Shall correct the post photo date today:-)
Keep Visiting!!!


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