Heyday of East Gloucester Square, 1930

East Gloucester Square, 1930 Anonymous/©Fredrik D. Bodin

I’ve been saving this photograph for a blizzard. Nary a snow storm’s come along, so I’m posting it now as a reminder of what winter could have been. The camera lens is pointing down East Main Street, with Highland Street in the center left, and the curve on the right at the telephone pole leads to the current laundromat and Duckworth’s Bistro on East Main. The store on the extreme left is J.C. Dade’s Hardware. The view is remarkably similar today. At one time the Square had three markets (Dutch’s, Powler’s, and First National); Wishnick’s barroom, Kirby’s pharmacy, Mrs. Fine’s seamstress shop with pants pressing, Jensen’s Shoe Repair, and two physicians (Doc Quimby, with Doctor Torrey next door). I’d like to thank Paula Parsons and Deb Callahan for this negative, and the East Gloucester fisherman who shared his childhood memories of East Gloucester Square. Please comment with your own remembrances.
Printed archivally from the original 6×7 centimeter film negative in my darkroom. Image # A9267-056.
Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930


  • Oh, yes. I grew up in E. Gloucester and attended Point Grammer School on Plum Street beginning in 1941. Of the stores, I remember Powlers, First National, Hymie Visnicks and the drug store was then run by a pharmacist by the name of Farrell. Your right, in that it hasn’t changed much.


  • Indeed. Not much has changed. My mother grew up at 27 highland in the 3os and 40s. The Whynott family: Percy and Rita with their kids Raymond, Laura, Roberta (Bobbie), Florence, David, Donald, Douglas. The house looks the same today as it did then! Thanks for posting!


  • Hi Sharon
    The dark building straight ahead is where Mark and Jeanne Kleindienst lived back in the mid 70’s.
    Looks the same now as the picture shows 72 years ago.
    talk to you later


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