The prompt this week shows a fair woman shopkeeper of the ages in front of what looks like a storefront, number 11 to be exact.
What you are looking at here in both the postcard and more recent Google earth photo is Pleasant Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Number 11 is on the left side with the blue store front. It's the home of Annie's handcrafted jewelry.
Pleasant Street has always been to my recollection a one-way street with the traffic headed toward the church you see off to the right. But from the postcard view the traffic looks as through it flowed both ways. There was even a street car line. I suppose horse and carriage and street cars were not as powerful and bulky as automobiles are nowadays.
The building immediately to the left was once an S.S. Kresge (forerunner to today's K-Mart) and J.J. Newbury, both 5&10 type stores. Immediately to the right was Eaton's Apothecary, one of Newburyport's last independent pharmacies. (There is one left)
|Photo: Google Earth|
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Further on the left, the five story brick building, was a shoe shop. It now houses exclusive condos, shops and restaurants.
Further to the right is the Unitarian Universalist Church. It's steeple is known to be one of the finest and most beautiful of colonial church architecture. It's especially beautiful lit up at night with the white spire popping off the black canvas of the sky.
But what really catches my eye in the postcard are the outfits the ladies on the right corner are wearing. zoom in to take a closer look. They are amazing. What do you suppose is the topic of their discussion? Could they be talking about a lady in the future about to buy jewelry in 11 Pleasant? Let me know!
You might find more women to talk about in front of number 11 at Sepia Saturday. Just click here.