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charles65ofboston
01-28-2008, 11:50 AM
Hello Group!
I am still new here but have been enjoying the posts very much.
The photography of some of the places I knew well when I lived in Boston is great....kz1000ps has done some excellent pics of Wheelock College where I went to school in the 1980's.
I have begun to put together a new blog all about the stores of Boston that are no longer with us. A bit of history mixed with nostalgia.
Yes....a bit sappy but fun!!
I know it will not be for everyone....some people think the past is the past.
I would love to have lots of folks contribute their memories and photos to the new blog.
Photos of then and now would be great. Old Globe or Herald newspaper adverts from the big stores as well would be very nice.
I would love to hear from anyone out there interested in this project.
Please write me at:

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

Thanks:-)

statler
01-28-2008, 12:00 PM
Welcome Cam,

I haven't much to offer, but I look forward to reading the blog. Be sure to post a link when you have it all set up.

charles65ofboston
01-28-2008, 12:03 PM
Thanks very much and I shall put up the link very soon. A few more posts are needed to fill it out a bit:-)

Ron Newman
01-28-2008, 12:03 PM
I'm certainly interested in reading this, though I don't have much to offer. Stores that downtown Boston used to have, but no longer does: Jordan Marsh (now Macy's), Filene's, Kennedy's (facade remains), Gilchrist's (now The Corner Mall), Woolworth (now TJ Maxx/H&M/Marshall's), WT Grant (became Barnes & Noble, now closed), RH Stearns (now residential), RH White, Raymond's, Henry Siegel (became RKO Boston theatre, now closed) ....

Ron Newman
01-28-2008, 12:25 PM
You might even want to throw in the Harvard Coop's fairly recent transformation from a small full-line department store to one that sells primarily books and Harvard/MIT insignia items. Books used to be in the back, other stuff in front; now it's the other way round. I still remember when they had a Men's Suits department.

Also, the closing (and redevelopment) of Sears in Porter Square and Fenway, and the closing of other locally-based department stores that were not located in downtown Boston: Lechmere Sales, Bradlees, Parke Snow, Grover Cronin (Waltham), Almy's, and Zayre.

charles65ofboston
01-29-2008, 06:00 AM
True Ron, I recall the Harvard Coop very well. Wheelock College used the Coop in the Longwood area for it's text books back then and I got a Coop card in 1983 and had a rather small limit. I used to shop in both the Harvard Sq. Coop and the Longwood one...got my very first VCR there.
The clothing section in both locations was fairly large as well as all sorts of electrical stuff.
I loved the wonderful record...yes... record dept. on the second floor of the rear building over the sky bridge from the main building.
There are lots of things to add to my new blog!
Please keep thinking and sharing.
Thanks!!!!:-)

charles65ofboston
01-29-2008, 11:22 AM
Just finished writing up part one of my memories from around 1968 about trips into the downtown Boston of my youth. I am trying to get as many details in as possible about the store buildings and what they looked like and what new construction was going on at the time in the Washington Street shopping area.
Some things I can recall as clear as a bell. I hope when you visit the new blog it will help bring your own memories back or fill in any gaps if you are new to the Boston area.
Let me know.....
Charles.....aka cam:-)

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

Ron Newman
01-29-2008, 01:17 PM
Where is the new blog?

Another thing I recall -- downtown department stores usually closed very early in the evening (6 pm?), staying open late only on certain days (Mondays and Wednesdays, I think?). And of course everything was closed on Sundays.

The Harvard Coop also had very restricted hours for much too long, staying open only on Thursday nights. This was one of the things that caused its downfall as a department store.

czsz
01-29-2008, 02:26 PM
There's a small store in Wellesley that claims the mantle "department store" - I think it's called E.A. Davis? Might be worth considering.

charles65ofboston
01-30-2008, 07:30 AM
I have just completed part 2 of my 1968 shopping day in Boston.
I was going to do just two parts but in order to add the details and information I am finding three parts more to my needs:-)
Please visit the blog. I hope people will enjoy it and want to contribute their own memories, newspaper adverts and the much needed photos of the buildings, both inside and out.
Write me with your memories and I shall add them to a post.

Charles...aka .....cam

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

My blog:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
02-02-2008, 08:09 AM
Hello Group!
Just updated my Retro Shopping In Boston blog and completed my "Day Out in 1968" reflection.
I hope folks will drop in and share their memories, too!
Looking for photos, adverts and logos from the old stores of Boston.
Can you help?
Let me know....Thanks!!!!!

Charles....aka..Cam:-)


charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

statler
02-04-2008, 01:53 PM
Just found this:

Art.com (http://www.art.com/asp/View_HighZoomResPop.asp?apn=10391806&imgloc=9-983-Z000KPQ6.jpg&imgwidth=645&imgheight=930)

More (http://www.art.com/asp/View_HighZoomResPop.asp?apn=11733293&imgloc=9-983-Z000KPQ9.jpg&imgwidth=930&imgheight=645)

charles65ofboston
02-08-2008, 12:25 PM
Hello Group! Thanks to those who have come to the new blog and had a look.
I have just posted a little tribute to the "Big" Woolworth's that was on the corner of Franklin and Washington Streets from 1970 until the mid-90's.
It was the one department store I can say I saw being built and "talked up " in the media in the Washington Street shopping area.
Have a peek and feel free to write me at:

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
03-29-2008, 12:25 PM
Hello Folks!
I have done a long overdue update on the blog.

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

I was feeling low since I have not had many emails or offers of memories or photos, etc. But came upon some great pics and got the OK to use them from the family of the late photographer.
Any folks who wish to contribute any items for the blog or have some time to locate old newspaper ads from the BPL just let me know....I would love it!!!
Fingers crossed as always:-)

Charles................

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

charles65ofboston
03-31-2008, 05:52 AM
Hello group!
As part of my continuing presentation of the wonderful work of Nick Dewolf, I have posted a little tribute to the WT Grant Co. that was on Washington Street for many years. Nick took some cool interior and exterior photos of Xmas shopping in Boston in 1970.
A retro explosion:-)
Enjoy and please do visit my blog at:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Feedback and help always enjoyed:-)

Charles:-)

Ron Newman
03-31-2008, 07:13 AM
Grant's reopened as Barnes & Noble. I believe it was the first B&N outside of New York City. It is very sad to see this building vacant today.

charles65ofboston
03-31-2008, 10:28 AM
Yes Ron, Grant's became B&N and lasted over 30 years in the location.
B&N did not really change the interior too much and when B&N launched there in 1975 it still felt a lot like Grant's.
Most of the five and dime stores of downtown Boston had a two floor plan like Grant's.

Keep talking:-)

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
03-31-2008, 10:44 AM
What other former five-and-dime stores are still standing, and how are they being used today?

charles65ofboston
03-31-2008, 11:40 AM
Hey Ron,
In my years in Boston I was aware of a few that are still standing...I think...at least of as around the year 2000 or so.

There was Grant's and....

The BIG Woolworth's built in 1969...launched in september 1970 is still there on the corner of Washington and Franklin. Converted into multi-shops by now.
A smaller pre-1970 Woolworth's was on the corner of Tremont St. and Hamilton Place....became a CVS for many years...may still be.
The other locations of downtown Woolworth's have been torn down so far as I know.

Kresge's on the corner of Temple Place and Washington Street was closed in the late 80's and I think the building is still there...not sure what it is.

Neisners five and dime was on Washington Street with another main door on Bromfield Street. It was super cool because of the "L" shape and had a fantastic lunch-soda counter on the Bromfield Street side. It became Sherman's Appliances(now closed-some other business is located there) on the Bromfield side and Wendie's Hamburgers on the Washington St. side. I am not sure what is there now.

Hope that helps:-)

My Blog has photos of some of the above....have a peek:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:-)

charles65ofboston
03-31-2008, 11:43 AM
Here is a link to the shots I found of Neisner's two sides:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2008/02/day-out-in-boston-in-1968-part-3.html

Enjoy:-)
Charles:-)

Ron Newman
03-31-2008, 11:54 AM
Right - the huge Woolworth's was subdivided into H&M, TJ Maxx, and Marshall's. When it was still Woolworth's in the 1980s, it was the most disorganized department store I'd ever been to, and nobody on staff seemed to speak English.

charles65ofboston
03-31-2008, 12:20 PM
True, Ron.
Sadly.. by the time Woolworth's closed in the 80's the staff were under trained and not all fluent in spoken English and it had become disorganized in the various deparments.
The original plan for the Boston Woolworth's was to take the smaller locations staff, once closed in 1969-70, and move them to the new BIG one.
And when it was new in 1970, it had a very good staff of slightly older clerks who knew the departments they served.
It also was well marked with aisle signs and you could find what you came in for quickly.

charles65ofboston
03-31-2008, 12:25 PM
Sorry....Mistake....I think it finally closed on Washington Street around 1993 ish not the late 80's.

commuter guy
03-31-2008, 04:10 PM
A smaller pre-1970 Woolworth's was on the corner of Tremont St. and Hamilton Place....became a CVS for many years...may still be.

I think this site was demolished along with another building on the block and replaced by the new Suffolk Law School in the mid to late 1990's.

charles65ofboston
04-01-2008, 04:25 AM
Thanks! I had no idea the building had gone. I do recall around 1990 that it may have lost CVS(CVS took over the spot from Woolworth's in 1970 ish) and was vacant. I did not know the rest of the story.


Here is a link showing the building that was on the corner for many, many years. Woolworth's had it's best pre-1970 location here and it is the only one I can remember in a dim sort of way....it must have been the last to close of the 3 smaller locations in the 1969-70 transition to the new BIG one on the corner of Franklin and Washington.

http://rfi.bostonhistory.org/boston/full/003062.jpg

Visit my blog for a closer look at the Boston Woolworth's Store.

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:-)

charles65ofboston
04-01-2008, 07:27 AM
I found this photo and felt I wanted to have my say about its true location.
The Bostonian Society has it wrong...I think:-)
Have a peek at my blog and let me know:-)


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2008/04/looking-at-photograph.html


Enjoy.....Charles:-)

commuter guy
04-01-2008, 10:06 AM
Cam,

The pics and narrative on your blog are fantastic. I moved to Boston in 1993 from the midwest, and its fascinating for me to now discover the history of the area in or around "Downtown Crossing." With no family ties or connections to Boston as a child, I suffer from a lack of personal knowledge as to what Boston was like in the 70s and 80s. Your post does a good job at recreating the vibe of the district from that era.

charles65ofboston
04-01-2008, 10:32 AM
Thanks Commuter Guy!!!
That means a great deal to me:-)

I write the blog for both types of people....the natives and the newbies:-)
I shall continue to post and comment on my memories of the downtown I knew and loved as a child. I have a few more photos and goodies left to post before I run dry....fingers crossed for any helpers still.

Keep visiting and writing............

Charles:-)

Ron Newman
04-01-2008, 11:53 AM
Can you talk a bit about the downtown stores' hours? I recall them being open only certain evenings in the 1970s - I think Mondays and Wednesdays. Harvard Square had its own late evening hours on Thursdays.

charles65ofboston
04-02-2008, 11:10 AM
Hello Folks...Posted a new update on the blog.
I have a few newspaper ads scanned and have added them to the blog.
One from The Coop....shows all the various item lines sold in 1971...I do recall the days it had LOTS to sell:-)
Any offers for a bit of time spent in the BPL newspaper archives would not be turned down...fingers crossed:-)

Drop in at:
http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron, I am working to answer the question above about store hours....Think I may have a few ideas.


All the best.....Charles

aquaman
04-02-2008, 03:45 PM
Sorry....Mistake....I think it finally closed on Washington Street around 1993 ish not the late 80's.


Woolworth's was open later than 1993. I bought my Halloween costume there in October, 1994. With a pair of meltable polyester slacks and a "virgin acrylic" (I kid you not, that's how the label read), I was Jeff Gillooly of Tonya Harding fame. I can remember the year, because good old Jeff G had Nancy Kerrigan kneecapped in the lead-up to the Lillehammer winter games ('94).

Ron Newman
04-02-2008, 03:48 PM
The Gilchrist ad lists branch stores in Cambridge, Medford, and Dorchester, among others. Where were these?

I remember very well the Harvard Coop as a real department store. Books used to be in the back, clothing and other goods in the front.

charles65ofboston
04-03-2008, 05:39 AM
Thank You Aquaman,
Left Boston myself in 1989 but had my mother in Brookline until 1995 and so I was aware of things a bit but that helps set the closing of the BIG Woolworth's around 1994 or 5 I would think.
I know the Coolidge Corner Woolworth's closed around 1993 or 4 if I recall correctly. It was the last local Woolworth's to remain in the area. There used to be one in Brookline Village(closed in the mid-80's) and another up by Cleveland Circle(not sure when this closed).
A small 5 and 10 was down by St. Mary's Street near the Beacon Supermarket for many years and it was called, Granite Five and Dime.
It became more hardware and unfinished wood furniture goods in the 80's.

Thanks Ron for your memories of the Coop..It was a neat place to shop!!!!.....Also I will have to do some research on Gilchrist locations. I only shopped in the main store in downtown Boston so I will have to hunt a bit:-)

Thanks to all and do keep sharing!

Charles:-)

Ron Newman
04-03-2008, 07:05 AM
I remember Woolworth's in Central Square, on the east side of Mass. Ave., south of Prospect Street. It was one of the last to close. It became a Foot Locker (which was also owned by Woolworth Corp.), but that store is now at a different location.

For a few years in the 1980s, there was a "Woolworth Express" on the north side of Elm Street in Davis Square. This was a smaller-format Woolworth, something like a Family Dollar today. Davis Square also had a small department store called Almy's.

charles65ofboston
04-04-2008, 05:35 AM
Hello All!
Thanks Ron for your further memories!
I have now re-registered and become charles65ofboston which makes more sense then CAM since my blog is linked directly to my charles65ofboston email details.

Plus I changed computers yesterday and my cam identity went poof....and could not log back in.....so here I am:-)


Charles:-)

charles65ofboston
04-04-2008, 08:08 AM
Hello Folks....new update on the blog.
This one is dedicated to the former Woolworth's location on Washington Street by Jordan Marsh.
Have a look.

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Enjoy......Charles:-)

briv
04-04-2008, 11:29 AM
charles, i merged your old account with your new one. If you have any further problems logging in, email me at admin@archboston.org

charles65ofboston
04-04-2008, 12:51 PM
Thank you Briv!!!!!!
I feel complete:-) Now I am one person again....All the best!!!!

Charles;-)

charles65ofboston
08-13-2008, 06:30 AM
A small update to my blog this week. First update in ages. Happy summer!!
Some store ads from the 1960's from Grants and Woolworth's.
Much more to come later this month. New contributor to my site, my old mate Mike from Brookline. Very keen and loves "old" Boston places very much.
Have a look:
http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/
Any thoughts, ideas....still working on that store hours question for you guys!!!

Charles:-)

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com:rolleyes:

bosdevelopment
08-13-2008, 08:54 AM
I remember Woolworth's in Central Square, on the east side of Mass. Ave., south of Prospect Street. It was one of the last to close. It became a Foot Locker (which was also owned by Woolworth Corp.), but that store is now at a different location.

For a few years in the 1980s, there was a "Woolworth Express" on the north side of Elm Street in Davis Square. This was a smaller-format Woolworth, something like a Family Dollar today. Davis Square also had a small department store called Almy's.

Woolworth's was it.

charles65ofboston
08-20-2008, 05:28 AM
Hello All! Did an update today using some more of Nick DeWolf's amazing photos from 1970 and 1958. This time his focus was Filene's and they will bring you back in time. Please visit the blog and have a look.
Enjoy and please write!!!
All the best!! Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com
:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
10-07-2008, 11:43 AM
Hello Folks!

I have a new update waiting for you over at:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Jan Whitaker found some trivia about dear old Raymond's and I put together a post with a few adverts and a reposted photo from my collection.
Drop in and learn about "unkle eph" and how he came to represent this grand old Boston store.
Enjoy!!!!!

Charles...............................:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
10-08-2008, 06:57 AM
Hello All! Just added another example of a Raymond's 1923 "unkle eph's" full page advert. I did 3 images to try get the "feel" of it for you!
Enjoy!!!!

Charles......:rolleyes:


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
10-13-2008, 09:21 AM
Hello All!
Updated the Boston Dept. Store blog and did one on Best&Co.
Now I know most folks think of NYC....and you should! The flagship of this grand old store was last located on Fifth Ave next to St. Patrick's.
But Boston had a branch on Boylston Street near Copley Square behind Trinity Church on the spot of the old, ornate Hotel Brunswick that was torn down in the late 1950's I think.
Have a look.....
http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!!! Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
02-16-2009, 05:22 AM
Hello Retro Boston Department Store Lovers!
A long overdue update on my Boston dept. store blog has been put up.
Thanks to a new fan I have a few images added and a bit of a reflection on things past....as always:-)
Please drop in...any thoughts?? Share them...please:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Enjoy....Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
02-23-2009, 10:22 AM
Hello All!!!
A wonderful update full of new images sent to me by a new blog friend, Andrew! Great stuff....please have a peek!

Enjoy....Charles:rolleyes:



http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
03-26-2009, 11:36 AM
Hello Retro Boston Dept. Store Fans!!!
Thanks to Statler, I found a great photo which I chopped down and posted on my blog:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

I challenge anyone who can recall the great old stores and where they stood to copy and mark the photo with the numbers I present on my blog.
Send your photos to me and I shall post the winners' work on my blog....that is....if you can do it!!!!!!
Have a go....I can do it....can anyone else????

Let me know......Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

charles65ofboston
03-30-2009, 10:16 AM
Hello All!
New update on the Retro Dept. Store Blog!!
A very visual tribute to.... The RH White Company(Boston main store from 1853-1957)
Come and see!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Emails and thoughts always welcome!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
04-09-2009, 11:41 AM
Hello, All....I have a winner of the photo contest....come and see who won:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!! Charles:-)

charles65ofboston
05-07-2009, 05:07 AM
Hello All!
I have a wonderful update that looks back at an old Boston legend, C. Crawford Hollidge. The store was on Tremont and Temple Place opposite RH Stearns. I have found some amazing photos by Dick Harris of the 1967 fire that destroyed it. Please drop by the blog and see this update.

Enjoy.....Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
06-03-2009, 09:06 AM
Hello All!!
Just posted a Filene's update....looking back at those happier days on the corner of Summer and Washington Streets!!

Enjoy....Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_ywAzIaHWgxc/SiaCPJuunrI/AAAAAAAAA0M/TCsj9BD9HGg/s1600-h/Shepard+Wishes+Well+1912.jpg

charles65ofboston
06-20-2009, 08:55 AM
Hello All!!!
Update on a Tremont Street legend...Houghton & Dutton Company....next door to the old Beacon Hill Theater until 1967!!!!

Have a look!!!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles:-)

charles65ofboston
08-14-2009, 12:13 PM
Hello, Retro Boston Lovers!
I just found a great old copy of a 1963 BRA report on the Downtown Boston retail area and their "ideas" to improve the shopping experience.
I shall post the report on the blog in parts. Please have a look...you might see the seeds of change that would soon launch what Boston has and has no more today.

Enjoy....Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
08-15-2009, 10:33 AM
Hello, All!!
I posted the next set of pages from the 1963 BRA report.

Enjoy...feel free to comment....Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

JohnAKeith
08-16-2009, 11:13 AM
Wonderful find, the BRA's plans are so interesting.

I can't find anywhere a photo I know exists - it has the stone saying "The busiest street corner in America" on it. Used to be at Washington and ... West Street?

Anyone has it, could you direct me to it or post it here?

Thanks!

charles65ofboston
08-17-2009, 05:07 AM
Hello, John!
Found something that might help you about that corner of Temple Place and Washington Street!!
Visit the blog and click on the old 1910 postcard. The item you seek is on the corner of the building, second floor level and on the left of the photo.
Hope that helps....More BRA report on the way as well!!

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
08-17-2009, 06:44 AM
Thank you! I'd love to know where that sign ended up. It should be hung somewhere in the future Boston Museum.

tobyjug
08-17-2009, 09:43 AM
Charles, thank you for your work. It brings back memories of mother's hat closet and building Bonwit Teller hat box fortresses.

charles65ofboston
08-17-2009, 11:00 AM
Hello, Toby and Ron!
Thanks for taking the time to comment....I really love my work and am SO glad it brings back some happy memories.
Keep visiting!! Charles:rolleyes:

JohnAKeith
08-17-2009, 09:13 PM
Charles, that's great, thank you. I coulda sworn it said "busiest street corner in America". Damn. Well, I will continue to tell people it does, even though it doesn't. They'll never know the lie.

JohnAKeith
08-24-2009, 06:38 PM
Another photo of that street corner in Downtown Crossing.

http://www.johnakeith.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/corner.jpg

charles65ofboston
08-25-2009, 04:45 AM
Great Shot!!! Thanks!!

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
09-03-2009, 09:20 AM
Hello, All!
A new update from 1975 and an article from Boston Mag.
This article is all go, go...GO...for a new trendy look to old Washington Street and tearing down the old JM buildings(and the old RH White's) ...to make way for... Lafayette Place!

Come read....Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
11-26-2009, 05:09 AM
Hello, All!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Please enjoy an update for this special day at:
http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanksgiving-treats-from-bostons-retro.html

Some treats from the 1920's and 1943:-)

Enjoy....Charles:rolleyes:

czsz
11-26-2009, 02:10 PM
Another photo of that street corner in Downtown Crossing.

http://www.johnakeith.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/corner.jpg

Holy shit. Can we please rebuild this Boston, Warsaw style?

charles65ofboston
12-11-2009, 08:09 AM
Hello, All!!
Xmas is here...almost....and my Retro Boston Department Store blog has some items for your enjoyment. Some old photos....come and take a peek.

Charles:rolleyes:


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

JohnAKeith
12-12-2009, 12:28 PM
Great photos. What the hell is the "Home of Unkle 5PH"??? (Raymond store photo).

ablarc
12-12-2009, 01:03 PM
Great photos. What the hell is the "Home of Unkle 5PH"??? (Raymond store photo).
That was Unkle EPH, the store mascot, sort of like Colonel Sanders or Ronald McDonald.

I think he might have come complete with corncob pipe and rimless, squared-off specs like the ones Sarah Palin sometimes wears. In the Raymond's ads, he misspelled as nearly every word as the copywriter could invent a malapropism for. He was sort of a forerunner of BostonBred.

His function was to be such a hick that he made Raymond's decidely downmarket customers feel good about themselves; most of them knew how to spell "uncle."

Ron Newman
12-12-2009, 02:51 PM
Raymond's - Where U Bot The Hat

ablarc
12-12-2009, 03:02 PM
^ Yeah, and the hat probably fell apart.

Raymond's sold mostly junk. What good is it to get a fire-sale bargain on something that's sub-standard?

An old story: the unscrupulous exploiting the poor (through flattery).

Ron Newman
12-12-2009, 08:48 PM
Raymond's is before my time, but it seems to inspire a lot of nostalgia among people older than me. It couldn't have been that bad if people remember it this fondly.

ablarc
12-13-2009, 05:07 PM
^ It's Uncle Eph and the misspelled words. After all, they did go out of business.

tobyjug
12-13-2009, 08:50 PM
The prices were pretty good. It probably occupied the market niche now held by Kmart. They used to serve flat watery Coke at the soda fountain.

charles65ofboston
12-14-2009, 08:40 AM
Hello, All!
I see that not all of you know much about Raymond's...It seems harsh to say "junk" really, Kmart is a good way to think of it...it was known for items that we may well call lower priced...and it had a very well known rug department that was used by all sorts of folks in all the income groups. It was a bit "out of touch" by the 1960's when it moved over to the old RH White's building and was much more "fun" in the earlier days when Boston had so many shops to look into on a shopping trip. In the end they even tried having a few live peacocks in one of the Washington Street windows to try to bring shoppers down to their new location. Oh, well.
And yes, it holds a special place in the hearts of the generation now well into their senior years based on the emails I have read from some of my visitors.
For a few more bits of information on Raymond's please see:
http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2008/10/some-fun-raymonds-trivia.html

Enjoy....Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
02-11-2010, 07:11 AM
Hello. All!!
Just a quick update with a great 1977 photo of Downtown Boston taken by Nick DeWolf as he flew out of Boston from Logan.
A last look at Jordan Marsh's Annex before it was no more in 1978.
Come and see!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
03-05-2010, 09:18 AM
Hello, All!!
A short update on the Boston Dept. Store blog to enjoy.
Jordan Marsh builds a tunnel....then a bridge....to connect the Main Store to the growing Annex. The sky bridge was ready to go up in 1915 but....come see!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2010/03/jordan-marsh-cobuild-me-bridge.html


Enjoy....Charles:cool:

charles65ofboston
06-25-2010, 07:48 AM
Hello and Happy Summer to all my Retro Boston Loving Friends:-)

I have updated the blog with a tribute to Gilchrist Company and have included a wonderful memory from a super blog fan who worked in the branch in Medford from 1957 until 1960.

Come and visit!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2010/06/gilchrist-company-department-store-of.html

Enjoy...Charles:-)

Ron Newman
06-25-2010, 08:45 AM
Do you happen to have a list of where all the other Gilchrist stores were? I'm curious how they have been reused, or whether they have been demolished.

charles65ofboston
06-25-2010, 09:52 AM
Hello, Ron!!

I have a 1964 ad for Gilchrist's that lists them all...I think that was all there were until they closed by 1977.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ywAzIaHWgxc/TCShDRBB-QI/AAAAAAAABLk/PX7mJqIMPrc/s1600/gilchrist's028.jpg


I shall try to find out more about the re-use of the buildings.

Charles:-)

Ron Newman
06-25-2010, 09:58 AM
I'm most curious where they were located in Cambridge, but I'd like to see all of the addresses if you happen to find them.

charles65ofboston
06-25-2010, 10:00 AM
Hey Ron,
First up Brockton...Westgate Mall
Gilchrist's/Jordan Marsh (73,000 sq ft.) (Gilchrist's opened in 1963, closed in 1975. Jordan Marsh opened 1977. Converted to Macy's in 1996, closed 2006 as Macy's moved to former Filene's. Store razed. Being replaced by 12-screen cinema)

More as I find them:-)

charles65ofboston
06-25-2010, 10:13 AM
Quincy Gilchrist's:

GILCHRIST CO., Clivedon Street & Parking Way, Quincy, Massachusetts (Boston)
announced 1.23.39, opened 3.18.39
Manning Waters (Boston), architect
1 story + basement, 26,500 square feet (selling space), municipal parking 1000 cars
in store block with supermarket
extant, altered (7.98)


Framingham:
the link...
http://www.framinghammass.info/Gilchrists1948.htm

Stoneham seems to have had shops in Redstone?? Not sure about where or what that was. It may have been part of a shopping strip of some sort...Stoneham readers help!!!!

Cambridge, Dorchester and Waltham remain a mystery....anyone out there recall locations of Gilchrist's in those towns??

Let us know:-)

Charles:-)

Ron Newman
06-25-2010, 10:50 AM
The Redstone Shopping Center in Stoneham is on Route 28 (Main Street) up towards 128 (http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=redstone+shopping+center,+stoneham+ma&fb=1&gl=us&hq=redstone+shopping+center,&hnear=Stoneham,+MA&cid=0,0,482327848328018770&ei=988kTJvBIIKKlweJm6TEAg&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBMQnwIwAA).

Looks to me like Gilchrist's Framingham is now Salvation Army (http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&q=concord+st+and+howard+st,+framingham+ma&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Concord+St+%26+Howard+St,+Framingham,+Middle sex,+Massachusetts+01702&gl=us&ei=gtAkTIzAGoaBlAejy-i0Ag&ved=0CBQQ8gEwAA&ll=42.278579,-71.416776&spn=0.00816,0.019097&z=16&layer=c&cbll=42.277687,-71.416781&panoid=G2sO8WQ6nKeGSoS-wTkKHw&cbp=12,131.76,,0,-0.33).

charles65ofboston
07-02-2010, 12:49 PM
Hello All!!!

Two new updates on the blog!!

One about Raymond's and the other is a look at Filene's over time with some super shots from a blog reader named Michael and some "net" finds I have come upon in my travels.

Come and see:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:-)

Ron Newman
07-02-2010, 01:14 PM
Anything more about Gilchrist's Cambridge location? I'm still intensely curious about that.

Ron Newman
07-02-2010, 01:18 PM
Also, this photo is amazing. Do you happen to know what year it was taken?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_ywAzIaHWgxc/TC4iqMxUIOI/AAAAAAAABOE/v22Zf4sAsiw/s1600/Filene%27s+Window+circa+late+1940%27s(from+Michael ).jpg

statler
07-02-2010, 01:32 PM
^^I'm pretty sure that is from the MIT collection, so... 1956?

edit: I was wrong. From the image name: Filene%27s+Window+circa+late+1940%27s(from+Michael ).jpg

Beton Brut
07-02-2010, 02:42 PM
Going by this article on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CBS#The_television_years:_expansion_and_growth), I'd guess between 1947 and 1952.

EDIT: The Sightmaster Television (http://www.earlytelevision.org/postwar_american.html) was a late 40s product-line.

Looks like both WBZ-TV and WNAC-TV went on the air in June of 1948 (http://www.earlytelevision.org/postwar_stations.html).

Ron Newman
07-02-2010, 05:28 PM
From http://jeff560.tripod.com/chronotv.html "Nov. 17, 1947. Broadcasting reports television network service extends to Boston with the opening of AT&T radio relay system between that city and New York." That's probably the event pictured here.

charles65ofboston
07-05-2010, 06:27 AM
Hello, Glad you enjoyed the photos.
The TV photo is late 40's and before the MIT Boston set was done(mid-50's to 1960ish).
I would place it at 1948 as a guess.
It may have been a testing of network broadcast ability and could be as early as 1947....but late 40's:-)
So, Ron I think you may have found the right bit of information...Well, done:-)

Keep talking:-)

Charles:-)

charles65ofboston
07-09-2010, 09:43 AM
Hello, All!
Update on Boston and the Bicentennial( ads from the last 4 big stores) and ads from the old Boston area Yellow Pages from the 50's to 70's!

Come see:-)


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
07-09-2010, 10:50 AM
The Gilchrist ad says Basement branch in Cambridge -- could this have been the now-vacant space under Shaw's (Star Market) in Porter Square? In my memory that has been Decelle's and then Burlington Coat Factory.

I have a treasured copy of that Boston 200 Bicenntennial guide book and should take another look at the ads there. Thanks for reminding me of it.

It features mapped-out walking tours of several neighborhoods, including the South End which is described as "a tour for city-watchers, not for sight-seers. The South End is a grab-bag of ethnic and income groups: elderly people living on fixed incomes, newly weds, and middle-aged millionaires share the same block.... in a neighborhood composed of over forty different nationalities, no one of them can ever dominate.... The South End hasn't decided whether to tempt the middle-class away from the suburbs or build low-cost apartment complexes; its future is open-ended."

Also: "Visit the South End late in the morning or early in the afternoon, when it's safe but lively. Women alone will be harassed (in a wide variety of dialects), winos may appear on every other street corner, and restaurants and restrooms are few and on the tawdry side. But a visit to the South End will give you a richer picture of urban life than the view from the Hancock tower ever could."

Ron Newman
07-09-2010, 11:26 AM
There's also a full-page ad for Woolworth's on page 77 (THE LARGEST WOOLWORTH STORE IN THE WORLD), Kennedy's on page 233 (Come to historic Summer Street and weigh yourself for free on Kennedy's old fashioned scale! It's accurate, and a great way to meet people!), Saks Fifth Avenue on page 243, Bonwit Teller on 245 (A Boston Landmark), Paine Furniture on 249, Lord & Taylor on 251, and Shreve Crump & Low on 253 (Spoons for a Boston Tea Party).

So many vanished business names among these ads:

New England Life
Filene's
Howard Johnson's (81 restaurants and 22 motor lodges in historic Massachusetts)
New England Telephone
the Fenway hotel chain
the Ritz-Carlton on Arlington Street
The First National Bank of Boston
Woolworth
The Boston Five (See our collection of antique coin banks)
United States Trust Company
New England Merchants National Bank
The National Shawmut Bank of Boston
Finast (The 17,000 people at Finast are proud to be part of Boston's 200th anniversary)
The Provident Institution for Savings in Boston (Nation's Oldest Savings Bank Charter, Founded in 1816)
Gilchrist
Kennedy's
GTE Sylvania (Danvers, Waltham, Needham, Fall River, Salem, Ipswich)
Bonwit Teller (A Boston Landmark)
Jordan Marsh
Paine Furniture
R. H. Stearns
Martini Arl (The Man of Fashion Shops at ...)
Scotch 'n Sirloin
Maison Robert & Maitre Jacques (the latter in Charles River Park)
The Boston Half Shell (Why come to the seafood capital of the world if not to eat the world's finest seafood?)
Brigham's (Over 100 stores serving the ice cream, candy and sandwiches Boston grew up on)
Zayre (Charge the Redcoats! And the blue jackets. And the yellow dresses ... )

charles65ofboston
07-12-2010, 03:34 AM
Thanks, Ron!!
I had no idea so many little treasures lived in this book.
I do not have a copy of my own....not sure if I ever did even back then...but it is a great list of places to shop and eat in the Boston area that are no more.
I would love scans of Kennedy's and Woolworth's to add to the blog update I just did.
Any chance???
If you could send them to my email, I will place them with the others for a more complete picture of Boston 1976:-)

Let me know....Thanks:-)

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

Ron Newman
07-12-2010, 10:32 AM
I'm sending you the Kennedy's and Woolworth ads, as well as Shreve Crump & Low, Zayre, Brigham's, and Howard Johnson's. Let me know if you want any of the others I listed above. The bank ads may be the most interesting.

Ron Newman
07-12-2010, 10:58 AM
by the way, any idea where the Kennedy's in Cambridge was, or the Filene's in Winchester? Of all the former suburban downtown branches of Jordan's and Filene's, I think only the former Filene's in Belmont Center survives today as a Macy's.

czsz
07-12-2010, 11:39 AM
Bonwit Teller was a Boston landmark? It was a branch of a New York store. It would be like calling Macy's or Saks a Boston landmark today.

Ron Newman
07-12-2010, 11:53 AM
Bonwit Teller was in the former Natural History Museum building, later replaced by Louis. The building is definitely a landmark, and it's featured in the ad.

(The Prudential Center is a Boston landmark even though the company has never been headquartered there.)

CDubs
07-12-2010, 01:01 PM
Found at preservenet.cornell.edu...

WM. FILENE'S SONS, Main & Thompson streets, Winchester, Massachusetts (Boston)
Federated
announced 1.24.40; opened 3.2.40
2 stories, @ 5000 square feet
in Locatelli Block
additional space in building opened ca. 1942, ca. 1945, 1946
building extant (8.96)


It closed in 1968. Here's the googlemap of the location (http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=main+st+at+thompson+st.,+Winchester,+ma&sll=42.452324,-71.136785&sspn=0.001112,0.00284&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Main+St+%26+Thompson+St,+Winchester,+Middles ex,+Massachusetts+01890&ll=42.452357,-71.136775&spn=0.008834,0.022724&z=16). Not sure in the street view which is the Locatelli Block - Starbucks?
--------------------
Adding the link to the word document, if anyone wants to take a look at the list of former department stores across the country:
http://www.preservenet.cornell.edu/publications/Longstreth%20Branch%20Store.doc

The book Longstreth wrote on department stores was just recently published: The American Department Store Transformed, 1920-1960 (http://www.amazon.com/American-Department-Store-Transformed-1920-1960/dp/0300149387/)

Ron Newman
07-12-2010, 01:21 PM
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/mhc/mhcpdf/townreports/Boston/wnt.pdf describes the Locatelli Block in Winchester as "a two story brick Georgian Revival structure, built in 1935."

That document also confirms that Gilchrist in Cambridge was in the basement of the Porter Square shopping center (later Decelle's and Burlington Coat Factory, now vacant)

I can't figure out where this was, however:

WM. FILENE'S SONES, Routes 128 & 2, Lexington, Massachusetts (Boston) Federated
announced 4.18.57, project
Raymond Loewy Corporation (New York), architects
in shopping center
Raymond Loewy Corporation, architects
Arthur and Sidney Shurcliff (Boston), landscape architects
Wm. Filene?s Sons, developers
500,000 square feet, 108 acres, parking 5000 cars

There's no big mall or shopping center anywhere around there today.

CDubs
07-12-2010, 02:43 PM
I wonder if this project was announced, but never built? From a pdf guide to Hayden Woods (http://www.lexingtonma.org/clc/Publications/HaydenGuide.pdf), which is right there at 2 and 128:

This was also the original intended site of the Burlington Mall. Fortunately, in the 1960s and 1970s the Lexington Conservation Commission was able to purchase various lots that make up the property that exists today.

charles65ofboston
07-13-2010, 03:48 AM
Thanks, Ron!!
The scans are super and I will put some up on the blog ASAP:-)

charles65ofboston
07-13-2010, 05:03 AM
Hello, All!
The 1975 ads are up from Ron with a few thoughts from me as well.
I shall place any more scans from Ron's guidebook there on this update...it is a patchwork of places to shop and eat in the area Boston circa the 1970's.

Enjoy and Thanks again, Ron!!

Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
07-13-2010, 09:49 AM
OK, I just sent you some more ads -- a few restaurants, some NYC department stores with branches in Back Bay, the Ritz-Carlton on Arlington Street, and ... the brand new John Hancock Observatory.

Let me know if you want the bank ads. I don't know why so many banks advertised in a publication for tourists.

Beton Brut
07-13-2010, 02:39 PM
Bonwit Teller was in the former Natural History Museum building, later replaced by Louis.

Funny family anecdote: My dad was Governor Peabody's SPO and driver. The Governor's wife Toni (politely described by my old man as a "spoiled witch") once instructed him to take the Governor's town car over to Bonwit's to pick up her hat. Let's just say someone else had to pick up that hat...

Ron Newman
07-13-2010, 02:53 PM
what is SPO?

Beton Brut
07-13-2010, 03:27 PM
Security & Protective Officer.

Ron Newman
07-24-2010, 09:24 PM
Not sure in the street view which is the Locatelli Block - Starbucks?

Yep -- the words LOCATELLI BUILDING are etched over the door just to the left of Starbucks on Main Street in Winchester Center. This doesn't look much like a department store building to me, but apparently it was.

charles65ofboston
07-26-2010, 09:02 AM
Hello, All!!
More of Ron's great ads from his copy of the Boston Bicentennial guide published in 1975 are up as well as memories sent to me by Henry from Vancouver who grew up in Boston in the 70's.

Have a look!!!!
Thanks, Ron!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
07-26-2010, 12:24 PM
Thanks. I'm trying to figure out where that photo with Kresge's was taken. Avon Street doesn't exist anymore -- where was it?

charles65ofboston
07-28-2010, 04:27 AM
Hello, Ron and All!!!

I just did a mini update called, A Place Called...Avon Street

And hope it helps you see the location of where it used to be.

Have a look....let me know:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
08-30-2010, 07:16 AM
Hello, All!!

A new set of pre-1958 Boston memories was sent my way for posting.
Thanks to J!!

Come see!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
08-30-2010, 09:34 AM
Thanks. I don't recognize these store names; can you tell us more about them?

Peck and Peck, Chandler's, Coleman's, Conrad?s, Jay's

charles65ofboston
08-31-2010, 05:53 AM
Hello, Ron and all!!!

I tried to answer your question Ron about some of the smaller shops J spoke of in her memories of pre-1958 Boston.

Have a look at my next update on the blog:)


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Enjoy.....Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
10-06-2010, 10:06 AM
Hello, All!!

Today we take a walk back in time to 1959!

A Saturday in mid-October....and we hit the stores....and maybe a movie...or a live show...Boston here we come!!!

Many 1959 ads for you to enjoy!!! Including some retro movie notices, too!!

Come see!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Enjoy....Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
10-06-2010, 10:27 AM
The live theatre listings refer to the "Little Opera House", a name I was unfamiliar with. After a bit of Googling I see that it was on Mass. Ave. between Boylston and Huntington, only had this name for a couple of years, and was better known for most of its history as the Fine Arts Theatre (http://cinematreasures.org/theater/6460/). The Church Park Apartments abomination occupies this site today.

By the time I moved to Boston in 1975, the Sears on Park Drive was not a full-line department store anymore, but just a warehouse closeout outlet. Do you know when this change occurred?

As for the movie theatre ads... [edited to move these to a separate post below]

charles65ofboston
10-06-2010, 10:38 AM
Well Done, Ron!
You should see the things I have found about the Back Bay Theater(the old Loews State) and all the protesting that happened once they said it would be torn down in mid-1968.
I will continue to do these Shopping day from 19?? style of updates and will try to feature all the stores and theater notices I can dig up:-)

Enjoy....Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

ps...The Sears on Park Drive was a full store(more or less) on the lower level until the early 70's. I recall being taken there to do back to school shopping in 1971 or 1972 and soon after that I noticed the stock became very thin and hardly anything to look at. It was not "fun" for a child to go there anymore....and the toy section vanished!!!!

Ron Newman
10-06-2010, 10:47 AM
As for the movie theatre ads, most are long gone but a few survive, some with different names:

Metropolitan is now the Wang Theatre

Paramount just reopened this year as part of Emerson College

RKO Keith's Memorial is now the Opera House

Loew's Orpheum is still around but is no longer Loew's

Mayflower is about to reopen as Modern Theatre (its original name), part of Suffolk University

Capitol Theatre in Arlington is still going strong, though now with 6 screens

Newton is now West Newton Cinema, also subdivided into 6 screens

Strand in Dorchester is still open but struggles to attract live shows

Embassy in Waltham is not the same place as today's Embassy Cinema, but the new one was built a block or two from the old one

I can't read the name of the live-music venue advertised at the lower right corner; can you?

statler
10-06-2010, 10:55 AM
Is the Loew's of Loew's Orpheum the same company of the modern movie theater chain?

charles65ofboston
10-06-2010, 11:02 AM
Hey, Ron...It is..The Ballad Room at the Copley Sq. Hotel

New to me, too:-)

Hey, Statler...I think the Loews name is the same company that is still around today in some form or another:-)

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
10-06-2010, 11:22 AM
Yes, same Loew's. However, the Loew's Theatres company no longer exists. They merged to become Loews Cineplex, then later went bankrupt and were taken over by AMC. For some reason, AMC has elected to retain the name 'Loews' on some of their properties including the Loews Boston Common and the Harvard Square.

This was Marcus Loew's company, not to be confused with E. M. Loew in Boston who also at one time owned an extensive local chain of movie theatres. The 1959 Globe ad that Charles reproduces in his blog has ads for both (Marcus) Loew's Orpheum and E.M. Loew's Center theatre (which today is the Emperor's Garden restaurant on Washington Street)

This Loews Corporation (http://loews.com/loews.nsf/home.htm) is still around. They own the Loews Hotels as well as a variety of unrelated insurance and oil and gas businesses. At one point they owned Lorillard Tobacco. They are a descendent of Marcus Loew's enterprise, but they long ago spun off the theatre division.

Ron Newman
10-06-2010, 12:37 PM
The Conrad & Chandler ad contains a reminder that department stores used to be open only certain evenings each week:

NIGHT OPENINGS:
Boston - Monday and Wednesday
Belmont - Wednesday and Friday
Northshore - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

When I first got to Boston, the whole downtown shopping district was open only on those two nights. Other areas had different nights -- in Harvard Square, stores stayed open late only on Thursdays.

charles65ofboston
10-29-2010, 12:33 PM
Hello, All!!
Just wanted to share a new project with you and hope some of you may want to participate in it.
I am starting the Jordan Marsh Memory Project and here is a bit about it from my new Facebook page:

This blog(http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/) has been so popular and generated much discussion around many of the stores of the past but one store really has become a true legend for many. Filene’s has many fans that are true to its dear memory….but Jordan Marsh seems to have a wonderful nostalgic aura that surpasses all the others for so many Bostonians. For this reason, I have decided to begin a very special project dedicated just to The Jordan Marsh Company and a key part of this project will be the gathering of as many memories from the public who loved to shop there over the many years it ruled the Boston shopping scene.
The Jordan Marsh Memory Project could become a book or booklet of some type in the future…at this point I am just gathering all the information and research materials I can find about this great store of Boston’s past. I encourage anyone who would like to participate in the project to write to me at:

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

and share your memories. I am also looking for photos and other memorabilia of Jordan Marsh that could be scanned or sent my way for inclusion in the final product.
This project will take a great deal of time and I am hoping many people will want to share their treasured memories with me thus creating a lasting tribute to this former Boston retailing giant.



Please feel free to write me....More information and a blog update soon!!!

Thanks....Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
10-29-2010, 12:56 PM
For a lot of people, that fond memory is of the dome at Shopper's World in Framingham.

charles65ofboston
10-30-2010, 05:24 AM
Hello, Ron!
I feel that all memories of Jordan Marsh in Boston and in various branch locations should have a place in my tribute project:rolleyes:
I want to gather as much information, memories and memorabilia as I can find.
The dome was so Retro....and now it's gone. Would love some photos of the inside when it was new...newish:rolleyes:

Fingers crossed that the public wants to share their nostalgic treasures with me!!! Charles:-)


The Jordan Marsh Memory Project

Write me at:

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
10-30-2010, 06:46 AM
Shopper's World nostalgia is pretty popular on the web. Here are a few pages that I found in a quick search:

http://www.thisisframingham.com/category/shoppers-world
http://www.thisisframingham.com/category/shoppers-world/page/2

http://framingham.wordpress.com/category/shoppers-world/
http://framingham.wordpress.com/category/shoppers-world/page/2/
http://en.wordpress.com/tag/shoppers-world/

http://www.labelscar.com/massachusetts/shoppers-world
http://natickmass.info/GCC.html (focuses mostly on the General Cinema rather than the stores)

http://www.zazzle.com/never_forget_old_shoppers_world_t_shirt-235528870801886658
http://natickmass.info/ShoppersWorldOpeningPage.jpg

charles65ofboston
10-30-2010, 08:26 AM
Thanks, Ron!!
You are great at finding things for me!!

And a new update on the blog as promised:-)

Gilchrist's Then and Now

A super blog reader and fan of old, retro Boston has snapped some great photos of the classic building as it is today...and I added my retro touch with a few goodies from 1967.

Come and see!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2010/10/gilchrists-then-and-nowplus-new-project.html

I also introduced the Jordan Marsh Memory Project on the blog.

Hope to get lots of memories flowing my way soon:rolleyes:

Charles:-)

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001763830923

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

statler
10-30-2010, 09:27 AM
Charles, out of curiosity, do you ever check out any of the other threads on this forum?

charles65ofboston
10-30-2010, 10:11 AM
Hello, Slater:-)

Yes...as a matter of fact... I love the Boston Skyline thread, Boston shots of the 50's-60's, Hancock of the Day, Cranes Pix, T Photo of the day and have been very impressed with the Paramount Theater updates.

I love this place.

I don't offer as many comments as I would like to....since I feel a bit removed from the action being located in the UK.

But I am fine coping with the past...I did know Boston once upon a time:-)

Thanks for asking....I think this is just about the best forum I could imagine being part of. I have tried a few others....none are as "Boston" based at all.


Keep talking....and sharing:-)

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
11-05-2010, 10:21 AM
Hello, All!!!
Just put up a quick update to add a bit more about Gilchrist's...I found a list of all locations as requested plus a few other items from 1965:-)

Come visit!!!!

Charles:rolleyes:



http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
11-05-2010, 03:22 PM
Gilchrist's of Medford is now a medical building, I believe.
And this confirms that Gilcrhist's of Cambridge was in the now-vacant space under Shaw's in the Porter Square Shopping Center. In my memory this was Decelle's and then Burlington Coat Factory.

Ron Newman
11-27-2010, 10:08 PM
Here's a video of the last days of Shopper's World in Framingham, including interior shots of the domed Jordan Marsh:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTf2CO3sZ2g&feature=player_embedded

(thanks to Universal Hub's Adam Gaffin (http://www.universalhub.com/2010/t-shirt-people-who-remember-when-shoppers-world-ac) for finding this)

charles65ofboston
11-29-2010, 03:45 AM
Thank you, Ron!!!!
What a memory!!!
I had not been to Shopper's World since about 1970 or 71???
Back then it was still....the place to go outside Boston for a mall experience:-)
My early memories of it must be from a trip there one summer in the late 60's and it still had a large fountain in the green near one end. It may still have been doing the "dancing waters" to music which was there from the start in the early 50's. I recall the dome of JM as a child and feeling very small as I walked around under it. I loved the original two level J.G. McCrory's store that was there from the start until the 70's when the chain shut down.
I recall the toys...oh, yes....great toys in that store!!

Thanks again!!!!

Charles:)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

briv
11-29-2010, 03:53 PM
Voices from the Basemen (http://www.voicesfromthebasement.com/)t, the documentary on Filene's Basement created by Michael Bavaro and Susan Edbril, will be televised on WGBH on Thursday, December 9, at 8:30 p.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZKi7wsehCM

charles65ofboston
12-05-2010, 07:58 AM
Thanks, Briv for the note on the new Voices From The Basement!!

I posted an update with this WGBH program in mind....a look at Filene's Basement in 1974(Thanks again Nick)....plus a look back at Christmas 1969 as well.
A double update to enjoy:-)


Come and drop by....lots of great photos and ads to see!!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

charles65ofboston
01-14-2011, 07:44 AM
Happy New Year!!!

Just posted another set of great shots taken for the blog by Walter of the classic 1912 Gilchrist's building.

Please come and enjoy his work!!!

Charles;-)


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com



charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

charles65ofboston
01-20-2011, 06:59 AM
Hello, Retro Lovers!!

A look back at January 1959 and what downtown Boston had on sale in the BIG stores.

Have a peek:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/



Charles:cool:

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

charles65ofboston
01-25-2011, 08:38 AM
Hello, All!!!
After many requests from readers, I have done an update all about
The RH Stearns Company.

Come and enjoy a look back at a Boston landmark and retail legend...

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:


ps...I have also included some copies of building permits for you to enjoy!!!

datadyne007
01-25-2011, 09:56 AM
Hello, All!!!
After many requests from readers, I have done an update all about
The RH Stearns Company.

Come and enjoy a look back at a Boston landmark and retail legend...

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:


ps...I have also included some copies of building permits for you to enjoy!!!
Do you happen to have records of those "5 Drawings" that were attached to the 1946 permit?

charles65ofboston
01-25-2011, 10:03 AM
Hello, I am working on getting the drawings for many plans of various stores in Boston during these "busy" years. Keep visiting the blog....more should be on the way soon, I hope:rolleyes:

Thanks.....Charles:-)



Originally Posted by charles65ofboston

Hello, All!!!
After many requests from readers, I have done an update all about
The RH Stearns Company.

Come and enjoy a look back at a Boston landmark and retail legend...

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles


ps...I have also included some copies of building permits for you to enjoy!!!

datadyne007
01-25-2011, 10:04 AM
Hello, I am working on getting the drawings for many plans of various stores in Boston during these "busy" years. Keep visiting the blog....more should be on the way soon, I hope:rolleyes:

Thanks.....Charles:-)


Sweeeeeet. I look forward to them.

charles65ofboston
01-28-2011, 10:33 AM
Hello, All!!

I know it's early...but I did a Valentine's update on the blog.
A look back at 1960 and some items Boston department stores had on offer for those with "love" on their minds:-)


Enjoy this look back.....Charles:rolleyes:


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/



charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

charles65ofboston
02-11-2011, 09:19 AM
Hello, All!!!

R. H. White's (used to be almost opposite the Paramount Theater on Washington Street) turned 100 in 1953 and I have collected some memories of that year on the blog. Photos, ads and other goodies await you....come and see:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!!!

Charles:rolleyes:



charles65ofboston@yahoo.com


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http://www.flickr.com/photos/24334155@N03/

Ron Newman
02-11-2011, 09:54 AM
Was White's where Lafayette Place is now, or where the Hayward Place parking lot is, or both?

charles65ofboston
02-11-2011, 10:34 AM
Hey, Ron:-)

It's so hard to imagine the way the area looked before all the changes and Lafayette Place was built.
I have posted a photo on my Facebook page that shows the view from the air in the late 1920's. The blue dot is on RH White's roof and the pink dot shows the entrance on Washington Street of BF Keith's now known as The Opera House.
RH White's was more opposite Keith's really....the Paramount would have been at the very edge of the building on the opposite side but had not been built when this shot was taken.
Lafayette Place takes up the space from where JM's annex complex was to where White's whole building was...more or less. Avon St., Bedford St.(the section that went to Washington) and Hayward Place are all gone and used to mark the area for easy location...now it's all a bit fuzzy:-)

Check out:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2009/03/rh-white-companyanother-giant-of-old.html

That update has more info on White's history as well as today's update at:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2011/02/r-h-whites-turns-100its-1953-in-retro.html

Hope that helps:-)

Charles:rolleyes:

Facebook link page:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001763830923

charles65ofboston
02-17-2011, 07:24 AM
Hello, All!!!

I just found out some facts about a store once located near Dudley Square from 1862 until the 1950's. Timothy Smith's was the name and I posted some information and various other goodies including a map to locate the store circa the 1920's.

Come and enjoy a peek at Timothy Smith Company!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles:rolleyes:


charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_163309760355786&ap=1

Ron Newman
02-17-2011, 07:39 AM
Thanks! I'd be interested in knowing about other large department stores that were located in neighborhoods outside downtown Boston.

What are the dates of those ads where the store describes itself as 'suburban' ?

charles65ofboston
02-17-2011, 07:47 AM
Hey, Ron!!
I aim to please and many blog readers are eager for more information on stores of the retro past that were located just outside of Boston, too:-)
The ads for today's update are moslty from 1915 to the early 1930's...Roxbury was still a place just "that much" outside of the city:-)

Enjoy the update!!!!!! Charles:rolleyes:


Hello, All!!!

I just found out some facts about a store once located near Dudley Square from 1862 until the 1950's. Timothy Smith's was the name and I posted some information and various other goodies including a map to locate the store circa the 1920's.

Come and enjoy a peek at Timothy Smith Company!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles

charles65ofboston
03-03-2011, 05:56 AM
Hello, All!!! Happy March!!

Today I have posted a look back on a merger in 1958 Boston...the story of Conrad and Chandler....and how they became one.

Ads, articles, photos...give you an idea of what was behind the merger.

Survival:-)

Have a peek....

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
03-03-2011, 08:44 AM
I just added two more articles I located about the Chandler Building on Tremont Street sale and re-use back in the late 1950's.

Enjoy!!! Charles:rolleyes:


Hello, All!!! Happy March!!

Today I have posted a look back on a merger in 1958 Boston...the story of Conrad and Chandler....and how they became one.

Ads, articles, photos...give you an idea of what was behind the merger.

Survival:-)

Have a peek....

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
03-03-2011, 10:29 AM
How long did the combined chain last, and what caused its downfall? Where was the Belmont store located, and what is there now?

Also, you mentioned Slattery's which closed in 1957. Where was this store?

charles65ofboston
03-03-2011, 10:55 AM
Hey, Ron:-)
The new combined store lasted until 1972 when it closed all branches including Boston. I shall post a bit more about this in a future update on the blog.
The Belmont location was in Cushing Square.
Slattery's was housed in three connected buildings... part of where "Tremont On the Common" now sits. I shall be posting an update on E.T. Slattery's soon on the blog....they also had other stores....a very nice one was in Coolidge Corner using the street floor of Pelham Hall.
More on Slattery's soon!!!!

Charles:rolleyes:



Hello, All!!! Happy March!!

Today I have posted a look back on a merger in 1958 Boston...the story of Conrad and Chandler....and how they became one.

Ads, articles, photos...give you an idea of what was behind the merger.

Survival:-)

Have a peek....

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
03-03-2011, 12:29 PM
I'm looking forward to learning what caused the Tremont on the Common disaster to be built.

charles65ofboston
03-04-2011, 03:32 AM
Hey, Ron....I have a nice collection of items that deal with the end of Slattery's and the start to the "Tremont on the Common" project in the 60's:-) I may even toss in some building permits for good measure.

Stay tuned...more on the blog soon!!! Charles:-)




Hello, All!!! Happy March!!

Today I have posted a look back on a merger in 1958 Boston...the story of Conrad and Chandler....and how they became one.

Ads, articles, photos...give you an idea of what was behind the merger.

Survival:-)

Have a peek....

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
03-11-2011, 09:18 AM
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5215/5517619442_b470b1abdd_b_d.jpg


Hello, All!!!

Coming soon!!! A look at March shopping in 1941 Retro Boston....The update looks at what was on offer in all the big stores as well as the other smaller stores in Boston during those early spring days. Should be posted on the blog in March...fingers crossed!! Also a look at both ET Slattery's (used to be on Tremont Street) and Hovey's in future updates in the weeks to come. Enjoy!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
03-22-2011, 09:15 AM
Hello, All!!!
Happy Spring!!

The March 1941 update is now on the blog!!

I am thrilled to present an assortment of ads from all the big stores plus many smaller ones....maybe even a few you never heard of before:rolleyes:

Also I tossed in lunch specials, movies and theatre listings for mid-March of 1941 as well.

So stroll on over and enjoy:


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:


Ps...Future updates on Slattery's, Hovey's and the man behind Unkle Eph of Raymond's!!!

Ron Newman
03-22-2011, 09:37 AM
Looks like Raymond's was the Building 19 or Ocean State Job Lot of its day.

charles65ofboston
03-22-2011, 09:58 AM
Hey, Ron:-) It would seem so...that was their way of getting the crowds in.

Thanks for looking:rolleyes:

Charles:-)


Happy Spring!!

The March 1941 update is now on the blog!!

I am thrilled to present an assortment of ads from all the big stores plus many smaller ones....maybe even a few you never heard of before

Also I tossed in lunch specials, movies and theatre listings for mid-March of 1941 as well.

So stroll on over and enjoy:

shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles

Ps...Future updates on Slattery's, Hovey's and the man behind Unkle Eph of Raymond's!!!

charles65ofboston
03-30-2011, 10:25 AM
Hello, All!!

The new update on E.T. Slattery's is up on the blog!!!
Slattery's was a long time retail resident of Tremont Street and with its end in 1957...made "Tremont on the Common" possible.

The blog contains the history of Slattery's in Boston plus a bit about each of the branches located in Wellesley and Brookline. The Brookline one was very notable and well recalled by the town residents long after it shut.

I include ads, articles and photos....plus a building permit from the early 60's giving way to the big Tremont project that would cause a fair amount of controversy in the years to follow.

Come and have a look:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
03-30-2011, 11:07 AM
Thank you so much for this. Now I can understand how Tremont-on-the-Common came to be.

Have you written about Coleman's before? I don't know anything about them and am curious now.

charles65ofboston
03-30-2011, 11:21 AM
Thanks, Ron!!! I do aim to please and I have had requests to investigate that area of Tremont Street and present the how and why of what is there now and to recall what was there once upon a time.
I will put something together for Coleman's as well...it was located for many years in the handsome building with the large columns in the photos next to Slattery's.
Much More to come:rolleyes:

Keep visiting for updates:-)

Charles....


Hello, All!!

The new update on E.T. Slattery's is up on the blog!!!
Slattery's was a long time retail resident of Tremont Street and with its end in 1957...made "Tremont on the Common" possible.

The blog contains the history of Slattery's in Boston plus a bit about each of the branches located in Wellesley and Brookline. The Brookline one was very notable and well recalled by the town residents long after it shut.

I include ads, articles and photos....plus a building permit from the early 60's giving way to the big Tremont project that would cause a fair amount of controversy in the years to follow.

Come and have a look

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
04-29-2011, 10:23 AM
Hello, All!!!
A super blog reader sent to me a wonderful treasure. He is the grandson of the real Unkle Eph. His mother wrote a university paper in 1962 all about her father....the real Unkle Eph.
Raymond's...folks all had reactions to this one of a kind store......liked it....loved it....hated it....But it was a unique place and a true Boston original!!
Find out about the man who was the face and voice of Raymond's for many years....Unkle Eph:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston@yahoo.com

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24334155@N03/

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charles65ofboston
05-06-2011, 07:27 AM
Hello, All!!

Today we look back at Boston's first department store...C.F. Hovey's!!

Come and find out more. Photos, ads and other goodies await you!!


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
05-06-2011, 03:34 PM
Thank you for this ! I never knew any of it.

charles65ofboston
05-07-2011, 02:39 AM
Thanks, Ron!!!
C. F. Hovey's was a store name my mom and nana spoke of long ago ,but I had no real knowledge of it at all other than it was merged into JM and my nana sometimes worked in the old "Hovey Building" in the late 40's and early 50's before it was all torn down. So it was fun to uncover the history of this old Boston store and share it on the blog!!

Charles:rolleyes:




Hello, All!!

Today we look back at Boston's first department store...C.F. Hovey's!!

Come and find out more. Photos, ads and other goodies await you!!


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
06-23-2011, 11:54 AM
Hello, All!!!

June update time!!!!

Today we look back at....The Shepard Stores!!

Come and find out more!!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:

JohnAKeith
07-03-2011, 01:44 PM
The front door to R.H. White and Co. (location?) and four from the annual Raymonds' elephants parade (Where U BOT The Hat)

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2490/5736773437_43f63bb380.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5143/5634460727_78e11b5da1.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5021/5635035738_1ac3ca5545.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5070/5635035864_ab53dc78d7.jpg

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5181/5634455305_65b4efdc1a.jpg


http://www.flickr.com/photos/boston_public_library/

MonopolyBag
07-03-2011, 02:37 PM
Haha, this thread is sick.

^^^ are those street car rails? Or just a T?

charles65ofboston
07-05-2011, 05:46 AM
Hello, John

The photo of RH White's shows what the original entrance on the corner of Bedford and Washington Streets looked like in the late 1800's.
It was changed to a more "modern look" in the 20th century:rolleyes:

The blog has a few of the later views:-)


Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
08-07-2011, 11:48 AM
Hello and Happy Summer 2011!!!

I really get a "kick" out of my Retro Boston blog...

Today I explore....Wilbar's.

Ring any bells???

Lasted until 1976 and was in all the local shopping malls of the day....including the Pru Center.

Come and find out more....on the blog, of course:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Enjoy!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
09-01-2011, 10:14 AM
Hello, All!!!

Happy September!!

The blog features an update from Aug- Sep. 1949 and we look at back to school shopping in retro Boston.

Lots of neat finds....come see:rolleyes:

Charles:cool:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
09-01-2011, 10:22 AM
Hard to imagine walking into Jordan Marsh and buying a bicycle, but there it is.

Beton Brut
09-01-2011, 11:05 AM
^ Awesome! How much would a member of the skinny-jean set (http://mediaelites.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/grotesk-wannabe-messenger-artwork-2-442x575.jpg) pay for the "fully equipped" $49.95 model (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_wZvK7iTFnA/Tl-TLrVA60I/AAAAAAAACwI/k3LX4ciC97g/s1600/Aug-Sep%2B1949-9.jpg) on eBay?

charles65ofboston
09-01-2011, 11:49 AM
Ron, Just had to share this!!!
My second bike was bought at Jordan Marsh in Boston in the early 1970's...they had many to pick from, it was great!!
The sporting goods had just moved to the 1949-1950's "new building" but the toys and hobby section remained over in the Annex, the new and improved Avon Street Bridge connected the two departments more or less.

I am living proof that you could buy a bike in JM:rolleyes:

Enjoy!!! Charles:cool:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/




Hello, All!!!

Happy September!!

The blog features an update from Aug- Sep. 1949 and we look at back to school shopping in retro Boston.

Lots of neat finds....come see

Charles

charles65ofboston
09-04-2011, 08:12 AM
Hello All!!!
Another email...a request....and a new hunt for retro Boston goodies.

Let's DO Lunch.....at Schrafft's....a retro Boston spot to eat, drink and fill your sweet tooth!!!

Come and look back with me:rolleyes:

Charles;)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

JohnAKeith
09-04-2011, 10:52 PM
Great update, Charles! Very interesting. Schraffts predates me so I had no idea it had so many locations around the city.

I do remember the Bailey's ice cream building, or at least, the sign in front of it, pretty much next door to the Schraffts building. Or was it further up Bolyston?

I always wished they would re-open the Bailey's. Ice cream parlors, even high-end ones, must be difficult to make work, since to many, visits are a special treat. Oh, and then there's winter, of course.

charles65ofboston
09-05-2011, 05:30 AM
Thanks so much!!!
I may just have to do further updates to include other great places in retro Boston that were fun to eat and snack in...keep visiting!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:



Hello All!!!
Another email...a request....and a new hunt for retro Boston goodies.

Let's DO Lunch.....at Schrafft's....a retro Boston spot to eat, drink and fill your sweet tooth!!!

Come and look back with me

Charles

datadyne007
09-05-2011, 12:32 PM
Ice cream parlors, even high-end ones, must be difficult to make work, since to many, visits are a special treat. Oh, and then there's winter, of course.

I disagree. High-end everything is in right now. High end coffee - Starbucks. High end froyo - Pinkberry. The latter is the most important indicator. Pinkberry is taking Boston/Cambridge/Wellesley by storm right now. I don't think a high-end ice cream parlor would be such a tough business. Bostonians make more than the rest of the country does anyways.

Also Charles, I really enjoyed this post. The plans were a great addition too. I really would love to see plans for more of the buildings you write about. =)

JohnAKeith
09-05-2011, 07:20 PM
Probably true, high-end is gold. I like the idea of low-end, too. How about a place where you don't have to spend $2.99 for two pieces of bread and a slice of American cheese and where coffee is only a buck with unlimited refills, somewhere in downtown Boston.

charles65ofboston
09-12-2011, 12:09 PM
Thanks.....I would like to find more building plans....always a great plus to any blog post I do:rolleyes:

Charles:rolleyes:


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/





Hello All!!!
Another email...a request....and a new hunt for retro Boston goodies.

Let's DO Lunch.....at Schrafft's....a retro Boston spot to eat, drink and fill your sweet tooth!!!

Come and look back with me

Charles

charles65ofboston
10-05-2011, 04:30 AM
Hello, All!!!
Happy October!
Today the blog presents....an idea for the present.
You all know me as the guy who "dwells" in Boston's retro past....well, today some fresh ideas from Ms. Elizabeth Fuller of the University of Notre Dame.

She presents her ideas for the Filene's site.

Thank you, Elizabeth for sharing your creativity and talent with us all!!

Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
10-25-2011, 10:14 AM
Hello, All!!

I have had many requests to feature stores "just outside" of Boston that we all enjoyed shopping at. Today we pop back to Lechmere Sales....and have a good old wander around:rolleyes:

Come and enjoy a look back!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles;)

charles65ofboston
11-12-2011, 02:25 AM
Hello, All!!!

After a few emails about the recent news, I did my own retro Boston tribute to....The Basement!!

Come and enjoy a look back at a wonderful, wild place to shop....Filene's Basement:rolleyes:

Many photos, ads and other odds and ends!!!!



http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


Charles:rolleyes:

datadyne007
11-12-2011, 03:11 AM
I absolutely love the Summer St Basement/subway entrance pic. Amazing.

I also love the shopping concourse pic with all the < Filene's Jordan's > signs too!

Do you happen to have any more pix of the shopping concourse in general?

charles65ofboston
11-14-2011, 02:44 AM
Hello, datadyne007

Thanks for the comment.....glad you enjoyed the photos!!!

I shall look for more photos....Love to please the readers!!!!:rolleyes:

Charles:rolleyes:

Hello, All!!!

After a few emails about the recent news, I did my own retro Boston tribute to....The Basement!!

Come and enjoy a look back at a wonderful, wild place to shop....Filene's Basement

Many photos, ads and other odds and ends!!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

charles65ofboston
12-06-2011, 05:57 AM
Hello, All!!!!

Merry, Merry!!!!!!!!!

The December update is now up on the blog and it is a HUGE collection of ads, articles, photos and other goodies all selected from Xmas 1956 8-)

The ads are an assortment from the BIG Boston stores to smaller ones...a great variety of holiday shopping venues from the past to see.

Plus.....a holiday challenge or two!! Come and join in!!


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
12-06-2011, 07:32 AM
Hello!

When you say there were seven department stores, what are they? I see Jordan's, Filene's, Gilchrist, Kennedy's, RH White, Raymond's ... but then I'm not sure whether you consider the seventh one to be WT Grant, Slattery's, Conrad's, Chandler's, RH Stearns, or something else.

charles65ofboston
12-06-2011, 09:57 AM
Hey, Ron!! Thanks for asking. R.H. Stearn's would be one of the seven in the 1956 grouping.

So the list of deparment stores of downtown Boston in that year would be:
Jordan's, Gilchrist, Filene's, Raymond's, White's, Kennedy's and Stearn's.

The BIG ones in downtown with full "complete" lines that included large appliances, furniture, tools, auto supplies, etc. would have been:
Jordan's, Gilchrist, Raymond's, White's.

Hope that helps:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Charles:-)



Hello, All!!!!

Merry, Merry!!!!!!!!!

The December update is now up on the blog and it is a HUGE collection of ads, articles, photos and other goodies all selected from Xmas 1956 8-)

The ads are an assortment from the BIG Boston stores to smaller ones...a great variety of holiday shopping venues from the past to see.

Plus.....a holiday challenge or two!! Come and join in!!

Ron Newman
12-06-2011, 10:16 AM
wow - since Filene's is not on your list of BIG stores, that means Gilchrist's, White's, and Raymond's were even bigger than Filene's?

In any event, your updates fill me with a bit of sadness, that I never got to see downtown Boston in its full commercial glory.

charles65ofboston
12-07-2011, 03:51 AM
Thank you, Ron! I am so glad you have enjoyed looking through the 1956 Xmas update. The way Boston is today compared to over 40 years ago...yes, it is sad. Many argue that Boston looks cleaner, has better&more mordern buildings now that attract business and some of the street layout is easier to navigate...but what has vainished....as I have said before on the blog...is Boston's unique soul. The variety...chaos...aging facades...tacky signs...even Unkle Eph....all gave Boston character.
Like it, love it or hate it.....that was Boston.

Now as for Filene's and the word BIG. Filene's was BIG....indeed it was.
But Filene's...Kennedy's...R.H. Stearn's fall into a department store grouping that is slightly different from Jordan's, Gilchrist, Raymond's and White's.

The Filene's group of stores sold mainly clothing and personal goods for the whole family....they also carried household goods like curtains, bedding, small appliances, kitchenware, china, etc....but not huge amounts. Filene's had the most of these other departments of that group of stores. Plus Filene's had a HUGE basement and a very large eaterie on the top floor. Kennedy's had the least of these other departments.

Jordan's, Gilchrist, Raymond's and White's. They were BIG...not so much for building size but for scope of selling departments. Although Jordan Marsh filled two whole blocks and a bit by 1970....making it the biggest "physical" store of the entire group.
These stores carried most things....including hardware store items....even the proverbial kitchen sink:-) They also featured, at different times during their long retailing lives, speciality departments like pets, bicycles, automotive items, garden shops, food stores, bakery goods, home decorating and re-upholstering services....even storm windows!!!

What normally used to (in the old days) break or divide the stores into the two groups was the inclusion of major household appliances and furniture. Jordan's, Gilchrist, Raymond's and White's all had these items. Jordan's had the largest sections of these....but they all did have them at some stage....thus.....they were BIG, full-line stores.

As far as building size went for all seven:
Jordan's was the largest, Filene's came next, White's was close behind, Gilchrist, then the old Raymond's site where Woolworth's used to be, Kennedy's and R.H. Stearn's would have been a near tie.

Hope that helps:rolleyes:


Thanks!!!!! Charles;)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/



Hello, All!!!!

Merry, Merry!!!!!!!!!

The December update is now up on the blog and it is a HUGE collection of ads, articles, photos and other goodies all selected from Xmas 1956 8-)

The ads are an assortment from the BIG Boston stores to smaller ones...a great variety of holiday shopping venues from the past to see.

Plus.....a holiday challenge or two!! Come and join in!!

Shepard
12-07-2011, 07:24 AM
Charles - thanks for these, I really enjoy them. Just wanted to ask, which decade was it in which this era of department stores and downtown shopping started sliding towards decline? Was it most particularly suburban development and shopping malls which precipitated it, or some other factors in addition?

charles65ofboston
12-07-2011, 08:15 AM
Hello, Shepard!

Glad you enjoy the posts and the blog!!!!

I have looked at a variety of sources doing my research over the last few years since I retired from teaching and have found a turning point in Boston's downtown picture. The business flow was good up to the early 50's...the seven department stores of downtown held strong but the suburban boom was starting to pull shoppers away. The increase in car ownership and lack of parking also began to create issues for downtown Boston in the 1950's.
The big "slap" to downtown Boston really came in 1957....my blog did an update a while back on this...when R.H. White's parent company, City Stores pronounced the flagship location on Washington Street as "too old, out of date, hard to maintain and 1956 lost them money"...and after trying to cut a deal with Boston to lower its tax rate...closed the big store. They, City Stores, wanted to invest their money in the suburban locations...and not in the aging downtown.
This sent alarm bells ringing in the many city retailers...and the slide downward picked up speed into the 60's and 70's.

I have a 2012 update planned for the final months of White's...and another dedicated to City Stores attempt to come back to Boston and try again in the early 60's. I think readers will find these very interesting to explore when they are posted.


Many more updates on various retro Boston stores, too...in 2012!!!:rolleyes:

Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/



Hello, All!!!!

Merry, Merry!!!!!!!!!

The December update is now up on the blog and it is a HUGE collection of ads, articles, photos and other goodies all selected from Xmas 1956 8-)

The ads are an assortment from the BIG Boston stores to smaller ones...a great variety of holiday shopping venues from the past to see.

Plus.....a holiday challenge or two!! Come and join in!!

Shepard
12-07-2011, 12:22 PM
Thanks!

Ron Newman
12-07-2011, 01:19 PM
I recall Gilchrist lasted until the late 1970s, and Kennedy I think until the 1980s.

datadyne007
12-07-2011, 01:39 PM
Shoppers' World - 1951
Northshore Mall - 1958
South Shore Plaza - 1961
Westgate Mall - 1963
Natick Mall - 1965

Coincidence? Nope.

charles65ofboston
12-08-2011, 04:41 AM
Thanks, datadyne....those dates of shopping malls do match up to the shift from Boston being the shopping center of New England.


Hello, Ron

Well, done!!

Gilchrist made it to the end of December 1976 and Kennedy's carried on to the early 80's before it closed.

Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/




Hello, All!!!!

Merry, Merry!!!!!!!!!

The December update is now up on the blog and it is a HUGE collection of ads, articles, photos and other goodies all selected from Xmas 1956 8-)

The ads are an assortment from the BIG Boston stores to smaller ones...a great variety of holiday shopping venues from the past to see.

Plus.....a holiday challenge or two!! Come and join in!!

Ron Newman
12-11-2011, 10:26 AM
'Shopping Days in Retro Boston' gets a shout-out near the end of this Boston Sunday Globe 'Ideas' article today:

What is Christmas without the department store? (http://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2011/12/11/what-christmas-without-department-store/oN2hfmXktw7n7rm74lv6YJ/story.html)

Ron Newman
12-30-2011, 12:52 PM
Yesterday was the final day for Filene's Basement, on Boylston Street and everywhere else.

charles65ofboston
12-31-2011, 03:10 AM
Thanks for the update, Ron!!

Any of those folks who want to look back at this great Boston shopping spot and have not see the update from November....the link is below:


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2011/11/filenes-basement-retro-boston-tribute.html


Charles:rolleyes:

datadyne007
12-31-2011, 05:53 AM
http://www.caz-cards.ie/images/Image/wallet_card_in_remembrance.jpg

<begin candlelight vigil>

JohnAKeith
12-31-2011, 03:28 PM
Anyone remember having lunch at either Jordan Marsh or Filene's. It's a cloudy memory for me, but maybe it happened? A restaurant was up on the third / fourth / sixth floor at Filene's?

NY Times says they're making a comeback at department stores in NY.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/30/nyregion/department-store-dining-with-city-views-and-jimmy-choos.html?sq=macy%27s%20restaurant&st=cse&adxnnl=1&scp=1&adxnnlx=1325366859-RZfYSZTgT06uhmbqZ1/RtA

charles65ofboston
01-01-2012, 03:48 AM
Hi, John!!
Happy New Year!!

Yes, Filene's was the last of the Boston BIG stores to maintain a very active restaurant on the top floor of the Burnham building.

Not sure if it lasted into the 2000's but I do know it was there into the 1990's.

It was a feature from the start of the store in this building(1912) and changed "themes" and menu types over time.

The name I recall....is The Greenery for most of my memory scope:rolleyes:

The 1956 Christmas blog update has an ad all about eating at Filene's while out shopping....lots of variety.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QdQQ7g_J5xQ/Tt32SgxA7zI/AAAAAAAADtk/CvMyla3KqJs/s1600/Christmas%2BBoston%2B1956-135.jpg


The place had the feel of an airy greenhouse....great high ceiling and lots of plant style decor.

You could use your Filene's charge to pay for lunch....another plus in those days:rolleyes:

Hope that helps!!

Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/


PS....I did another Filene's update back in 2009....take a peek:)
http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2009/06/recalling-some-happier-days-for-filenes.html

Ron Newman
01-01-2012, 08:36 AM
When Jordan's and Filene's got out to the shopping malls, did they also have restaurants? (Lazarus did in Columbus, Ohio, where I grew up. People have fond memories of eating there.)

datadyne007
01-01-2012, 11:26 AM
When Jordan's and Filene's got out to the shopping malls, did they also have restaurants? (Lazarus did in Columbus, Ohio, where I grew up. People have fond memories of eating there.)

Yes, they did - notably Jordan Marsh. You can clearly see where the restaurant used to be in the Jordan Marsh at the Burlington Mall. They're the only windows on the facade and they have been unfortunately blacked out because the spaces were all repurposed and reconfigured.

The article clipping that Charles posted also notes Filene's Chestnut Hill restaurant.

JonFrum
01-02-2012, 08:24 PM
When my mother would bring me shopping with her in the early 1960s, we didn't eat at Filenes, but we would go to the counter diner type restaurant in one of the other stores. I seem to recall they specialized in a deviled ham sandwich, or something similar, and all the ladies would go there for their special 'treat' when they shopped. I think I probably got my first grilled cheese sandwich there - with a pickle!

charles65ofboston
01-14-2012, 02:22 AM
Hello to Jon Frum and All!!!

Happy New Year!!!

A few of you wrote about eating in the old stores of Boston....well, let's look back at the retro Boston store lunch experience.

The theme of the first update for 2012:

Tickling Your Taste Buds in Retro Bostonís Once Great Stores


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Come and enjoy!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
01-30-2012, 07:11 AM
Hello, All!!!
Curious about charm schools in our Retro Boston stores??...come and look back with me on the blog....it's a "charming" update:-)

Charles:rolleyes:

http://​shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogs​pot.com/

charles65ofboston
02-16-2012, 07:08 AM
Hello, All!!!
Very happy to report that the blog has been featured on "Ultra Swank", a retro living and style site all about the 1950's to 1970's.
Please have a look...the update is...very retro:-)

http://www.ultraswank.net/roadtrip/postcards-from-a-vibrant-retro-boston/#more-3676

Enjoy!!!!!! Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com

charles65ofboston
02-28-2012, 10:55 AM
Hello, All!!!

A bit of Christmas in February!!!

Welcome to TheMBTADog, a wonderful photographer and a new blog contributor!!

Come and see his fine images!!!!

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

BostonObserver
02-28-2012, 01:48 PM
Jordan Marsh was famous for the blueberry muffins and Ghilcrest for the coconut macaroons, were there any other 'famous' Boston shopping foods?

charles65ofboston
02-29-2012, 06:41 AM
Hello, Boston Observer!!
I hope you checked out the update that was all about foods in the department stores of old that was posted in January:
http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2012/01/tickling-your-taste-buds-in-retro.html
Many folks enjoyed the steamed hot dogs sold in Filene's Basement and the hot pretzels as well.
If any more ideas pop up...I shall post them here:-)

Charles:rolleyes:

Hello, All!!!

A bit of Christmas in February!!!

Welcome to TheMBTADog, a wonderful photographer and a new blog contributor!!

Come and see his fine images!!!!

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

BostonObserver
03-01-2012, 06:10 AM
Thanks, I forward the page to a friend of mine is thinking of having the macaroons and blueberry muffins in her new restaurant. She has both recipes.

statler
03-01-2012, 06:45 AM
Hey, charles65ofboston, make sure you pick up the latest issue of Yankee magazine. There is an interesting memoir of a lady who was a 'Marsha Jordan' girl back in the 70's.

charles65ofboston
03-10-2012, 04:19 AM
New March Update!!!

Find out all about the short-lived Citymart, a Boston experiment in creative retailing and building reuse from the early 1960's.

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/

Ron Newman
03-11-2012, 10:29 AM
Downtown could sure use that full-scale supermarket floor today. I wonder why that alone wasn't enough to keep the store going.

charles65ofboston
03-11-2012, 11:16 AM
Hey, Ron:-)
A very innovative project indeed for 1962!
But as I wrote in the blog...Location was the big factor. Citymart's management was trying to pull "the family" in...and the location alone worked against it. Raymond's would suffer as well once it relocated in 1966...I shall do an update on the final years of Raymond's soon as they tried to make a go of it at 518 Washington Street.

Charles:rolleyes:


New March Update!!!

Find out all about the short-lived Citymart, a Boston experiment in creative retailing and building reuse from the early 1960's.

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.com/2012/03/citymarta-boston-tale-of-reuse.html

charles65ofboston
03-22-2012, 07:28 AM
Hello, All!!!

New update on the blog...second one for March:rolleyes:

Come and learn more about the once great Ferdinand's of Dudley Square in Roxbury!

Charles:rolleyes:



http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

charles65ofboston
04-04-2012, 05:08 AM
Hello, All!!

A look back at the classic Kennedy's Clothing Store...a legend that sat on the corner of Summer and Hawley Streets for many years.

Come and enjoy!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
05-02-2012, 09:03 AM
Hello, All!!!
Happy May!!!

Today the blog looks at the way the stores of old helped us get from floor to floor...in style and speed!!!

Look back...have a peek at how vertical travel changed inside our great stores of old.

Articles, ads and much more:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

Charles:rolleyes:

datadyne007
05-02-2012, 09:41 AM
Absolutely loved this article. I'm a bit of an elevator and escalator geek myself and I was trying to piece together the fragments of the past that I and others remember. I know the Filene's elevators ended up getting modernized by Montgomery in the 90s and were originally Otis Autotronic.

It's an absolute shame that none of these incredible pieces of equipment exist anymore. Boston in general entirely erased it's own department store history. NYC has Macy*s, Chicago has Marshall Fields, St. Louis has Famous Barr, etc all with their original stores. What did we get in the end? A fragment of the Jordan Marsh complex. The most generic dingy box you could ever imagine, complete with one piece of junk Westinghouse hydraulic elevator. No tourist in these days would ever guess that Boston was once a world-class shopping city from the picture of DTX they see today. There's no grandeur to the department store experience here anymore and that grandeur once encompassed incredible banks of escalators rising 9+ stories and massive ornamented elevator banks.

charles65ofboston
05-02-2012, 09:48 AM
I know....oh, how true, Datadyne007!!!!

I so loved putting this update together. Jordan Marsh...the old Main Store and Annex had wonderful elevators...the bells and doors and great signal lights with classic floor dial indicators.
The escalators in the Annex were quirky...but if used with care, as most of us did for years, also retro classics!!

Thanks!!!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

Hello, All!!!
Happy May!!!

Today the blog looks at the way the stores of old helped us get from floor to floor...in style and speed!!!

Look back...have a peek at how vertical travel changed inside our great stores of old.

Articles, ads and much more:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

charles65ofboston
05-17-2012, 11:38 AM
Hello, All!!!

A new book is out on May 21st!!!!

Check out the blog for more details!!!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/great-new-filenes-book-is-here.html

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
06-08-2012, 05:54 AM
Hello, All!!!

June update is posted on the blog today!! The focus is subway access to stores in retro Boston.

Come see...ads, photos, articles...enjoy!!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

charles65ofboston
06-28-2012, 05:04 AM
Hello, All and Happy Summer!!!

A look back to the summer of 1949 is posted on the blog!

Come and explore a summer of high heat in retro Boston.

Charles:rolleyes:



http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

tobyjug
06-28-2012, 08:26 AM
Thanks Charles. Enjoyed the metal chair ad. Reminded me of hot humid evenings gently rocking one, taking in the Chesterfield scented air.

charles65ofboston
06-29-2012, 04:34 AM
Thanks, Tobyjug!!!

Glad you enjoyed it!!! More soon!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/


Hello, All and Happy Summer!!!

A look back to the summer of 1949 is posted on the blog!

Come and explore a summer of high heat in retro Boston.

Charles

charles65ofboston
08-13-2012, 07:22 AM
Second Summer Update!!

Hello, All!!! A Jordan Marsh mystery is solved....plus a look at hats in the 1940's to 1960's!

Come see!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/


Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
08-31-2012, 06:06 AM
Hello, All!!!

New update is on the blog!!!

A look back to 1970 and the "Back to School" sales!!!


http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/



Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
10-03-2012, 05:53 AM
Hello, All!!!

A very special update today!!!! A wonderful interview with James Schaye, former Raymond's executive. Looking back with Jim was a great way to spend an hour this past summer....come see!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/


Articles, ads and photos to enjoy!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

bostonbred
10-03-2012, 04:57 PM
IAM enjoysinG tHIs thiNGs

charles65ofboston
10-04-2012, 04:01 AM
Thanks, Bostonbred!!! Unkle Eph would be proud:rolleyes:


Hello, All!!!

A very special update today!!!! A wonderful interview with James Schaye, former Raymond's executive. Looking back with Jim was a great way to spend an hour this past summer....come see!!!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

Charles:)

charles65ofboston
12-05-2012, 05:20 AM
Hello, All!!!

The tribute to Christmas in Boston 1942 is up on the blog. You will find nearly 200 ads, articles, photos and other items to give you a real feeling for Boston during Xmas in 1942. Bittersweet is the best word I could find.
I learned so much...and felt so much!!
Share the blog with all your friends...this is the time to bring new folks into the Boston retro memory fold...so get the word out:-)
Thanks to all of you who read and contribute to the ever growing collection of memories!!!!!

Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

Ron Newman
01-05-2013, 08:34 AM
Charles, can you do a feature on Filene's of Belmont Center? It's about to close (http://belmont.patch.com/articles/breaking-macy-s-to-close-belmont-center-store) (as a Macy's, since 2006)

charles65ofboston
01-21-2013, 10:59 AM
Hello, Ron
Sorry to be sooooo slow...I just saw your note here today about the Belmont Center Filene's AKA Macy's:-)

Let me see what I can find out....Thanks!!!!!

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
02-21-2013, 04:20 AM
Hello, All!!!!!

A very LATE Happy New Year!!

New update about Gilchrist's on the blog...a floor by floor look at the store from 1963!

Lots to see!!!



http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
03-06-2013, 08:09 AM
Hello, All!!!

New update on the blog all about store charge coins in Boston.
Thanks, to Elizabeth for sending me her great photos of her super collection of Boston charge coins.

Also a perfect photo of 1940's Boston is featured as well with some various notes from me, of course!!! Come and see!!! Charles:-)

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/


Charles:rolleyes:

charles65ofboston
04-05-2013, 08:40 AM
Hello, All!

April update is on the blog. Parking issues from the mid-1950's in Boston.
The building of the Hayward Place garage is the focus and the years covered are 1955-56...a wee bit of 1957:-)

Come see!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

Charles:rolleyes:

Ron Newman
04-05-2013, 10:14 AM
As you may know from reading other threads here, the Hayward Place parking lot is now (finally) being built on.

charles65ofboston
04-05-2013, 10:41 AM
Thanks, Ron!
33 years on...here we go:-)


Hello, All!

April update is on the blog. Parking issues from the mid-1950's in Boston.
The building of the Hayward Place garage is the focus and the years covered are 1955-56...a wee bit of 1957:-)

Come see!

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

charles65ofboston
09-25-2013, 09:36 AM
Hello, All!!!!

I am back....took some time off but have come back with an update looking back to Boston 1980. My own walk down memory lane from my high school years. Come and enjoy:rolleyes:

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/

Charles:cool:

charles65ofboston
10-25-2013, 07:23 AM
Hello, All!

A look back to those last weeks of 1963 in Boston.

Photos, ads and tributes.

http://shoppingdaysinretroboston.blogspot.co.uk/




Charles:rolleyes: