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Construction site in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

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That's the Lenox on the left. The old BAA on the right. The street sign is blurred but you can make out a B, which means it is Blagden Street.

The picture is taken from what would be the garage entrance from Exeter to the Pru looking towards Newbury.

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This is looking down Exeter St from Huntington Ave, during construction of the Mass Pike extension in the early 60s. Obvious from the street sign that says Blagden St., which someone tried to fuzz up.

(My other terrific guess is Main St in Charlestown during the Orange Line burial, as it were, except that guess has to be wrong because the elevated Orange Line isn't there.)

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You're telling me that all those men in hats were dressed that way in the early 60s?!

I would have guessed decades earlier.

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I remember my father wearing hats when he went out when I was a kid then.

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No well dressed man or boy went anywhere without one.

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running that newfangled digger?

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Did Mike Mulligan's steam shovel have a name?

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It was “”Mary Anne!”

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who ended up semi-retired serving as the boiler in the basement of The Popperville Town Hall. Captain Kangaroo read that story from time to time. I read it to my own kids. Are books still sold?

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Mary Anne

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I'm wondering if this might be construction of the Huntington Ave. Subway in 1939 or '40. That line goes under Exeter Street; it opened 2/16/1941.

I see that all the workers are wearing hats, but not hard hats.

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That's the only time Exeter has been dug up at this location.

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Thanks for playing, folks! Those of you who guessed Huntington Ave at Exeter are correct. However, this photo isn't from the '60s, it was taken on March 2, 1938, and shows construction on the Huntington Ave subway.

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