Main Street, Gloucester, circa 1890
Main Street, Gloucester, circa 1890 John I. Coggeshall/©Fredrik D. Bodin
This is the bend in Main Street’s West End, just past Palazola’s (where the large tractor trailer trucks get stuck). The photograph was taken shortly after trolley tracks were installed, but before the time of automobiles. In those days, small deliveries were made by horse drawn wagons. Large long-haul deliveries were made by train, sailing vessels, and steam ships.
Photographer John Coggeshall set up his 8×10 camera in front of Valentino’s. The second building on the left is where Bananas is now. Next to it, behind the horses and wagon, my gallery is the light-colored building. At that time it was James Patten’s fruit market, with a print shop upstairs, and in 1896 it was the Wingaersheek Cafe. On the other side from right to left are the present Gloucester Estate Buyers, Cafe Bishco, Stone Leaf, and the Bookstore. Boynton Way, now a walking street, was open to traffic.
Printed from the original 8×10 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Negative # A93810-011
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