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Trolley Car, Brookline Village
Washington St. heading toward Rt. 9 and Boston. This is a Type Four car, in use in Boston from 1911-1950. The two brick buildings still stand.

While nominally just a photo of a subway car this photo actually contains a number of interesting details of Village life in the late 1930s. To the right is the front end of what appears to be a 1935 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe. And there are glimpses of the following businesses:
  • Earl Colvin, dentist, is the clearest. He was at that location (221 Washington Street) as early as 1922 and as late as 1940. In 1944 he had moved to 1 Harvard Street.
  • Moore's, up the street, is Moore's Grille at 6-9 Harvard Square.
  • A.J. Grennan, Chiropodist.
  • Wolf & Smith, Meats. They are beneath Colvin and the name is only partly visible. They were there as early as the 1920s through at least 1944.
  • Elisabeth Cleansing Shop. The name is on the corner above the back of the trolley.
  • Daniel Goldberg. His name is on the window next to Grennan, but we don't find him in the city directories.