Working Women

First off, you don't see any working women in these photos as is the Sepia Saturday prompt do you? Maybe if you look closely you can see some women crossing the streets.

What makes this a working women photo is the essentially this place, especially in the upper photo taken in the 1940's. The area here was known as Boston's Scollay Square which was loaded with burlesque theaters. Thus, "working" women. Sailors disembarking their ships on shore liberty from Charlestown Navy Yard mostly headed here.

In the 1960's the area was slated for urban renewal cleanup and the burlesque houses were torn down. Government Center was born. The large brutalist architecture concrete building to the left of the lower photo is Boston's "new" city hall built in 1967. Everyone says it's an ugly eyesore of an upside down pyramid and should be torn down even now. I have a sweet spot for the "old gal" as I attended a brand new high school in the brutalist style.

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Look closely and the curved street to the left of the billboard in the upper photo. It ends at a building with an arched window. That's Boston's Faneuil Hall with a "gilded grasshopper" weather vane on it's steeple. The grasshopper is in Boston's city shield. When the new city hall was being designed the then mayor insisted his office have a direct view of the grasshopper. You can see Faneuil Hall in the newer photo as well.

Look closely at the other curved street to the right in the lower photo. This is State Street.  You can see the Old State House of which I blogged just a few weeks ago.

These photo's look to me they were shot from the top of the John Quincy Adams Courthouse which still stands today.

I'm sure there are a few "working women" in these buildings today, but in other less renowned professions.

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