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Album 18-4: Boston Transit Authority: Traffic Congestion

PC009.018-4 (RS245189)


This album is inscribed "Photographs made in connection with investigation of congestion of traffic, etc." It includes approximately forty-five 3 x 5 inch views of Central Wharf; South Market Street; Blackstone Street; North Market Street; Dock Square; Exchange Street; Faneuil Hall Square; Union Street; and Commercial Street, with views of market wagons and commercial activities. Also included with this album were seven loose photographs of elevation drawings of Central Square Station in Cambridge which have been removed to the binder for album 18-6.

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Collection Name
Photograph albums collection
Collection Code
Acquisition Type
Library & Archives Purchase
Date of Acquisition
Physical Description
1 photograph album
Collection Type
Description Level
Additional Identification Number
Album Number: 18-4
Credit Line
Purchase, 1974.
Reference Code

Historical/Biographical Note

These albums, together with a large number of loose photographs, were purchased by Historic New England (then the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities or SPNEA) in 1974. They appear to have been office copies maintained by the Boston Transit Authority (now the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority or MBTA). The Library of the MBTA holds similar but not always identical photographs. These albums are part of a much larger collection of photographic material related to the construction of the Boston subway system, the first in the United States, which came to SPNEA in 1986. Please see individual album records for more detailed descriptions.

Record details

Other Organizations
Boston Transit Authority
Descriptive Terms
Blackstone Street, Boston, MA
Central Wharf, Boston, MA
Commercial Street, Boston, MA
Dock Square, Boston, MA
Faneuil Hall
North Market Street, Boston, MA
South Market Street, Boston, MA
market wagons
markets (structures)
rail transportation structures
Material Type
black-and-white photographs
photograph albums
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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