Album 22: Boston Buildings and Streets, Part 1

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  • Photography





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The photographs in Album 22 appear to have been produced in the 1890s or early 1900s as copies of earlier prints originally produced from the 1850s to the 1880s. The originals have not been located, making these albums a significant resource for views by Boston photographers of churches, streets, and panoramas of Boston Harbor and Back Bay. With a few exceptions, the photographs in volume one are duplicated in volume two. It should also be noted that the quality of photographs is marred by a lack of contrast and a tendency towards dark tones. The photographs in Album 23 are duplicates of those in Album 22.

The images included in these albums are of: Back Bay; harbor from the Massachusetts State House; Peace Jubilee of 1869; Coliseum; Tremont Street, south; Providence Depot and Park Square; Hotel Pelham; taking down the Hotel Pelham; Public Garden; Masonic Temple; Temple Place; Winthrop House after fire; Old Somerset Club; Daniel Webster house; Tremont Street, north; Bromfield Inn; Federal Street Church; Franklin Street and the first Catholic Church in New England; Summer Street; Water Street; State Street; Old State House; Exchange Building and Post Office; Brattle Square and Brattle Church; Chauncy Street; Court Street; Washington Street from Milk Street; Portland Street and Old National Theater; Hanover Street; Scollay Square building; Howard Athenaeum; Essex and Columbia Streets.


Descriptive Terms

historic buildings
hotels (public accommodations)
churches (buildings)
photograph albums
gelatin silver prints

Additional Identification Number

Album Number 22

Physical Description

1 photograph albums; 12 1/4 x 10 3/8 inches

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Photograph albums collection

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Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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Material Type

photograph albums
gelatin silver prints

Descriptive Terms

Back Bay
Peace Jubilee
Tremont Street, Boston
Public Garden, Boston
Masonic Temple, Boston
Winthrop House
Hotel Pelham
Park Square, Boston
Old Somerset Club, Boston
Daniel Webster house, Boston
Bromfield Inn
Federal Street Church
Franklin Street
Old State House, Boston
Brattle Square
Old National Theater
Scollay Square
Howard Athenaeum
Summer Street
Water Street, Boston
State Street, Boston
Exhange Building
Chauncy Street
Court Street, Boston
Washington Street, Boston
Essex Street, Boston
Columbia Street, Bostonhotels

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The Bostonian Society and the Boston Athenaeum possess similar albums. Some of the photographs are among those reprinted by the Boston Budget at the turn of the century.