Images and Commentary


Building Permits, 1900-1935           for single- and two-family houses, a measure of suburbanization

Downtown from an Airplane, 1919           Rare photo taken from an airplane soon after the War

A City Scene about 1870          Can you identify the place and the major elements of it? 

Race Track at the Agricultural Grounds          Horse racing in Worcester!

City Population Chart        A history of Worcester in a single chart (but not really) 

A Passenger Train in the Cascades, 1909           Filled with travelers from Worcester

Men at Work:  On the Railroad, 1890s           Yard and shop workers at Union Station 

Men at Work: Building a Road, 1910           Chamberlain Parkway and Lenox

Steel Framed Buildings, 1912-14        By this time the standard method

Four Men, about 1892          Know who these four men are and what they did?

Radio Highlights, 1929          Program schedule for a week by Worcester’s a.m. broadcast station

How Not to Do Statistical Analysis        A brief case study, intended as humor  

Picturesque Worcester          A book of some 485 photographs of Worcester from the early 1890s

Worcester’s Only, 1909          An attempt to provide “as-it-happens” election night coverage in 1909

Lincoln Square, 1969         Over-60s may remember this traffic arrangement, but probably not its predecessor

A view from Norfolk Street, 1978          Looking across the center of the city from above the tracks



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