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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21 Wits said…
A nice selection for our hard working box factory- beautiful photo.
Brett Payne said…
An amazing comparison - so much has changed, and yet they feel strangely similar views.
Boobook said…
An amazing change. I wonder what the next hundred years will do.
Bob Scotney said…
A great then and nowww. The triangular building is immediately recognisable but not the rest,
Lipton's Teas!! A tea trader in Boston ??...According to Wikipedia...Thomas Lipton began travelling the world for new items to stock in this store, one such items was tea, since sales had grown from £40 million pounds from late 1870s to £80 Million pounds by the mid-1880s.....[ No...I don't trust these figure...never mind].... Lipton believed that the price was far too high so he started growing his own tea and selling them in packets by the pound, half pound, and quarter pound, with the advertising slogan: "Direct from the tea gardens to the teapot." Lipton teas were an immediate success in the United States. Thomas Lipton was knighted by Queen Victoria at the age of forty-eight.......One in the eye for Boston by Queen Vic !
Kathy said…
Interesting to see the changes over time. I've been to Faneuil Hall but would not have known I was looking at it in the photographs if you hadn't pointed it out.
DougVernX said…
Boston has always had a notorious past with British Teas. :) I can remember Lipton Tea signs in the small community just north of Boston. Thanks for visiting my blog!:)
Unknown said…
That was very interesting. I have never been to the city of Boston. Been around different areas but I love this type of post. Then and now.
Postcardy said…
Although I once took a History of Architecture course, I don't remember ever hearing about brutalist architecture. The building looks kind of interesting, at least in the photo.
Alan Burnett said…
Both photographs contain such historical detail and the comparison between the two is fascinating as well.

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