Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Main Street Moment, North Adams, c1908

Still damp from a recent pass of the watering wagon, Main Street, North Adams, stands frozen eternal, the calendar forever turned to 1908.

Amidst the bustle, a pair of barefoot boys stop to examine a window full of magic. Posters proclaim: The circus is coming to town!

Main Street's commercial offerings include druggists and (painless) dentists, loans and lunch.

On steel rails slicing the center of the street, a streetcar runs its rounds: Unshackled from the horse team only to be bridled to the wire.

Drivers and cyclists and folks on foot are caught in the camera eye unaware, life forever paused on a dry plate negative.

The sidewalk has long since dried in front of Wilson department store, the people have moved on. For though the moment's before us, time waits for no one.

As always, thanks for stopping by and take care.

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Map: Bird's-eye View of North Adams, 1881:

Photo source: Library of Congress; Prints and Photographs Division; Detroit Publishing Company Photograph Collection; Call Number: LC-D4-70516;

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