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Beacon St. Photos, East to West

Washington Sq., Bartlett Farm
Northest corner of Beacon and Washington
Corey Hill, seen from Aspinwall Hill
Castle-like structure was torn down in 1955
Washington Sq.
Beacon St., Washington Sq., November 1915
[Source: Olmsted]
Washington Sq. Looking West on Beacon St., 1887
Winthrop Rd. is along the top of the hill.
Beacon St., Washington Sq., 1887
Looking West on Beacon, Washington St. going north to the right.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St. This photo contains the mystery man, here sitting on the stone fence, who was posed in a number of the 1887 photos.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St., Francis Hunnewell House, 1887
Beacon St. north side, just west of Washington St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St. This photo contains the mystery man, here leaning against the tree, who was posed in a number of the 1887 photos.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Moses Withington House, Beacon St., 1887
Across from Winthrop Rd., around today's #1680 Beacon St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St. This photo contains the mystery man, here leaning against the fence, who was posed in a number of the 1887 photos.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Moses Withington House, Beacon St., 1887
Across from Winthrop Rd., around today's #1680 Beacon St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St., Isaac D. White House, 1887
Beacon St. going west to the left. At about #1702, across from Tappan St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St., Isaac D. White House, 1887
At about #1702, across from Tappan St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. & Winthrop, circa 1888
Looking east on Beacon St. approaching Washington Sq. Note gas lamp in center of photo.
Beacon St. Looking West At The Eugene Knapp House, 1887
Standing at Tappan St.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St. This photo contains the mystery man, here sitting on the stone wall, who was posed in a number of the 1887 photos.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Eugene Knapp House, Beacon St., West of Tappan St., 1887
Southwest corner of Beacon and Tappan.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St. This photo likely contains the mystery man. He closely resembles the man standing in the driveway talking to the worker and was otherwise posed in a number of the 1887 photos.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. Looking East Toward Tappan St., 1887
Eugene Knapp house in the distance, Tappan St. just beyond that, his apple orchard in the foreground. Knapp was financially involved in the impending widening of Beacon St. and donated some of this land to the project.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Virginia Aiken and Babcock Electrics, circa 1912
Virginia Elsie Aiken is pictured in front of the Hotel Beaconsfield, 1731 Beacon St., (destroyed by fire in 1966) driving one of the demonstration cars for Babcock Electric, a firm that first employed her as a teenager. Born in 1895, she moved from Chicago to Brookline, around the age of 16, and attended the Runkle School.

She lived with her father's sister Viola and Viola's husband, Day Baker, first at 145 Winthrop Road then at 33 Dwight St. Her uncle was the New England representative for the General Vehicle Co. (Buffalo, NY) and head of the Electric Vehicle Club of Boston. Remarkably, while still at the Runkle School, Virginia assumed the position of New England representative of the Buffalo-based Babcock Electric Carriage Company, responsible for sales throughout the six-state region. Aiken operated out of the Brandon Garage at 643 Washington Street, where she maintained an office, employed a stenographer and a bookkeeper, and kept several models of Babcock Electrics to demonstrate to prospective buyers.

Extensive details are avalable at Muddy River Musings.
1783 Beacon St., Chamberlain House, 1887
Looking west from today's Dean Rd. Residence of Susan Y. Chamberlain, widow of Thomas.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Beacon St. Looking East From Englewood Ave., 1887
Chamberlain house in the foreground, residence of Susan Y. Chamberlain, widow of Thomas. House of Eugene Knapp in the background on the same side (south). House of Isaac White just visible in the background on the north side of Beacon.

From the 1887 photo series taken just before the widening of Beacon St.
[Source: Digital Commonwealth]
Reservoir Court, 1862-1870 Beacon St.
Beacon St. at Englewood Ave.
Looking east on Beacon St. several blocks from Cleveland Circle. Reservoir Hotel is off screen on the right, entrance to Englewood is on the left.
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