Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Main Street Neat Repeats!

Here are a couple of blasts from the past (i.e. repeats)! Who knows, if you weren't looking at this blog in 2008, maybe these are new to you. And in the end, isn't that more important than things like family, happiness, or health? You bet it is!

1956. The Beatles hadn't done a thing yet. Apple introduced the Macintosh computer many years later. "Jaws" were just things you chewed gum with. Gosh, what a year it was! One great thing that happened is that somebody took this swell photo in Town Square, just oozing with 50's goodness. I love that we can see the little police station to the extreme left... it made it into very few photos thanks to its location. City Hall looks splendid, as does the horse-drawn streetcar (and the horse, wearing a chapeau). 


Here's another fantastic shot, looking north on Main Street (Instagram is calling, it wants its filter back). Patriotic bunting makes me wonder if this was taken around the 4th of July - or perhaps it was always the 4th of July on Main Street USA, if you know what I mean.

Let's go watch Rudolph Valentino in the Main Street Cinema! We missed our chance to ride the Streetcar and the Surrey, but we can cross the street and pet the leeches in the Upjohn Pharmacy. I always liked to put two of them on my upper lip to make a hilarious old-timey mustache.


8 comments:

Nanook said...

Major-

So, was the reason folks were allowed to catch fish on TSI due to the fact there was no fishmonger on Main Street, USA - as there was a Butcher Shop-? Now, about those Jellies & Jams...

Thanks, Major, for this blast form the past.

Steve DeGaetano said...

Main Street in all her original, non-pastel colors. Just beautiful!

Alonzo P Hawk said...

Very nice photos today Major. A tip of ol' sparkplug's hat.

Nice to see Patriotic bunting utilized outside of Fenway Park on the 4th of July(when you need to advance the base runners).

Patrick Devlin said...

I sometimes get forgetful as to where Upjohn and Co. was: forgetful no more! Nice pics: clip, clop, clip, clop....

Anonymous said...

...and the pedestrians are all on the sidewalks

David Zacher said...

Back when people stayed on the sidewalk. Can someone explain the Instagram comment? I'm old, remember. Great pics, great memories.

dz

Major Pepperidge said...

Nanook, I wonder how many small midwestern towns had fishmongers. Maybe a lot! There’s plenty of rivers and lakes in that part of the country. How about a nice trout for dinner?

Steve DeGaetano, I will never forget an article about Disneyland (on the Huffington Post perhaps) in which the author claimed that the original Main Street was mostly browns and beiges. Zoiks.

Alonzo, 7.5 points for mentioning Sparkplug! I’ve never been to Fenway, but I’ve been to Wrigley Field…

Patrick Devlin, now you are ready for the exam!

Anonymous, back when people cared…

David Zacher, Instagram has a lot of filters that folks can apply to their photos, and among the most popular is one that makes a new photo look like it was taken 40 or 50 years ago (adding a warm color cast).

TokyoMagic! said...

According to Kathryn Hepburn, salt is a good depilatory for removing those leech mustaches once you decide that you no longer want them.