Vintage photographs are a key source of inspiration. One image that keeps inspiring is this 1900 scene at the corner of School and Washington Streets, part of the very core of Boston’s historic beginnings. This old building captures my imagination time and time again. The perspective, the people, all the bricks and cobblestones, the multitude of signs hanging or painted upon its facade (30) and the clarity of detail — truly mesmerizing. The building is said to be Boston’s first brick-made structure and dates back to 1712, which makes it just short of 200 years old at the time this photo was taken. Assuming the building succumbed to the passage of time ages ago, I couldn’t believe my eyes when we happened upon it while walking the city's Freedom Trail a few years ago. There it was, beautifully restored, enchanting as ever. I had to pinch myself.
Step into the ultra high-resolution original of this photograph at Shorpy Historical Photo Archive by clicking on the above image. You’ll be amazed.
We recently made a replica of a section of the Damrell & Upham Booksellers facia signs that hang above the awnings. For more history on The Old Corner Bookstore, click on the below image to link to our gallery.