MLBaron Vintage Photos West Island Weather Station KA1WBH https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/ MLBaron Vintage Photos West Island Weather Station KA1WBH USS CONSTITUTION c1933 This photo captures the bow of The USS Constitution, America's oldest commissioned warship of The US NAVY as it is towed out of New Bedford Harbor in 1933 after a fund raising stop in the city in 1933. The Palmer's Island Light is in the background. The USS Constitution embarked on a 3-coast tour (1931-1934), visiting 76 ports and hosting 4.6 million patriotic citizens who helped in her massive restoration effort. New Bedford,MA had the privilege and honor to host "Old Ironsides". USS Constitution went into Dry Dock #1 in 1927 for her most comprehensive restoration to date. However, in order to finance the massive work, which was first estimated at over $400,000, Congress authorized a nation-wide fund raising effort beginning in 1925. They targeted school children, asking them to donate their pennies. Within the first year, the children collected $148,000, and the restoration plans began. The young motion picture industry aided the campaign with Paramount Pictures releasing the silent movie "Old Ironsides." Another part of the effort included noted marine artist Gordon Grant, who created a painting of the ship under full sail. Over one million lithographic copies were sold to individuals and corporations; the original painting is part of the White House collection. Wood and copper removed from the ship were again made into souvenirs; ashtrays, bookends, and inkstands were some of the more popular items bought and sold to help finance the restoration. As the Great Depression hit the United States in 1929 fund raising became more difficult. With the restoration half completed and little money coming from the campaign, Congress appropriated the remaining monies. USS Constitution floated out of dry dock in March 1930, restored as close to her original configuration as possible. In order to thank the Nation for funding the restoration, USS Constitution embarked on a 3-coast tour (1931-1934), visiting 76 ports and hosting 4.6 million patriotic citizens. 5 years after this photo was taken, the keeper's (Capt. Arthur Small) house (far left) was swept away and his wife Mabel Small was killed in the 1938 Hurricane. Video clip here: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/videos/videos/show/1534395-old-ironsides-in-new-bedford-1931 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123151995 123151995 "Putting on The Ritz" 1933 This "Dapper Dan" with a full lengh fur coat is ready for a night on the town. New Bedford c1933. The car appears to be a 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ. The Duesenberg, a favorite of the Hollywood Elite was the costliest American Luxury car of its time. This photo was taken in front of The Olympia Theater which was on the corner of Elm and Purchase St. To the left of the theater entrance was The Olympia Jewelers The city was suffering through a severe depression and hard times along with the rest of the country. I would hazard a guess that this unidentified young man was part of a "staged" photograph for some kind of promotion or some rich mogul's spoiled brat strutting his stuff., but very likely this guy returned to the soup line after his fantasy photo shoot was over. MLBaron Historic Archives Roger Chartier provided additional info:The film featured that day was "Heaven on Earth" made in 1931 included actress Anita Louise. She appeared in 70 films between 1924 and 1952. She later played the mother on the television series "My Friend Flicka" The Zeitz family bought the theater in 1962 In 1966 a national touring company staged the comedy hit "Barefoot in the Park". the show was sold out. The theater closed in 1971 and was demolished in 1972. The stores on ground level at the sidewalk were occupied by carious merchants over the years. In the first view below it is by the W. L. Douglas Shoe store, managed by Fred Barrows. More info on the Olympia Theater: http://www.whalingcity.net/picture_olympia_theater_1930s_duesenberg.html https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123157782 123157782 Pocahontas Fuel Co The Pocahontas Fuel Co. New Bedford, MA c1932 near the north side of the New Bedford Fairhaven Bridge. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123745750 123745750 Vintage Fire Alarm Cards Vintage Fire Alarm cards were a popular advertising tool, especially for politicians. Long before credit cards, almost everybody had one of these in their wallet. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122674414 122674414 Little Train Toy from EDAVILLE RAILROAD In 1969, this little wind-up train toy (about 2"x3") was a popular kids souvenir of EDAVILLE RAILROAD. E.D.Atwood was the founder of this amusement park that was probably a close second in demand to Lincoln Park for the kids and their families. And yes, the little train still winds up and goes! https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122985199 122985199 Classic New Bedford Dragger c1958 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122674419 122674419 The Fairhaven Water Tank The Fairhaven Water Tank towers over Rt 6 and Alden Rd intersection looking west in this vintage 1982 photo. A sign in front of Manny & Bobs (right) indicate it's time for the August inspection sticker. Can you identify businesses and landmarks that aren't there anymore? Note the Dodge Omni, Plymouth Horizon, and Chevettes. These pathetic cars were at the height of embrassment in the early 80's for the American Automotive Industry. We just never learned from the days of The Pacer, Pinto, Gremlin and Hornets of the 70's. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122674413 122674413 National Bank of Fairhaven, Rt 6 around 1973 National Bank of Fairhaven, Rt 6 around 1973 looking west. The GOLF sign is just about visible from Barbero's on the bottom left near center. Note the remains of the Lavasseur Estate that once went right across RT 6. Eventually the lot was broken up and another bank opened up on the corner (NBIS c1982). A very suspicious fire badly damaged the remaining Lavasseur house in 1977 when owned by one of the Fluerents. Today the building remains in one of the most mysterious states of limbo in town. It was being turned into condo units in the early 80's and a cease and desist order was issued. The building is abandoned and has remained unfinished for over 25 years! https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122675912 122675912 The Handy Star Finder Volvelle Chart A Fairhaven man invented the first Volvelle "Star Finder Chart". Commander S E Stubbs, US Navy takes credit for designing this clever star finder chart complete with circular dial and astronomy info on the reverse. This perhaps was the first of it's kind - a cardboard version of today's portable laptop - from the early 1940's. Volvelle's were extremely popular covering a wide variety of subject matter from recipes, math calculators, trivia and more. One of the most extensive Volvelle collections in the world is at The Yale University Library in CT. Mr Stubbs grew up with his brother at 35 Bridge St and went to FHS. He was killed in a Kamakazi attack on his ship in the Pacific in WW II. This chart was given to me by his 90yr old dad, Leonard Stubbs (late) in 1972. Mr Stubbs kept his late son's car - a 1940 Buick convertible in the garage on Bridge St for almost 35 yrs - before it was finally towed away in 1974 when he passed away at 92. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122715621 122715621 Fairhaven Fire Dept Ladder #1 c1909 Fairhaven Fire Department Ladder #1 in front of the North End Fire Station. Note no steeple installed on top of the Oxford School in background. Ladder #1 FFD 1909: Reg. Audell W. Monk Sr., Charles L. Drew, Jonathan Taber Jr., Thomas A. Clark, Jesse S. Gifford, Waldo L. Roundsvill, Lewis E. Gifford, Walter E. Taber, Frederick A. Pease, Clifford E. Hackett. Subs: Robert Dunn, James W. Bradshaw. Information provided by Fairhaven Fire Dept. Historian John Frates FFD-Retired. MLBaron Archives https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122716204 122716204 Atlas Tack Postal Commemorative 1938 Atlas Tack Postal Commemorative: May 15-21st-1938 National Air Mail Week - 20th Anniversary of Air Mail Service. Stamp indicates First Official Air Mail Flight, Fairhaven, MA Airport May 19, 1938. Complete with 6 cents air mail postage stamp - mailed to : George Cahoon (with address scribbled out) and eventually forwarded to: 8 Maple Avenue, Fairhaven, Mass. MLBaron Archives https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=122819816 122819816 "Stormin' Norman's seaplane c1973 "Stormin' Norman's seaplane c1973. Pilot Norman Gingrass (late) flew the air "taxi-cab", landiing and taking off daily from The Acushnet River to Cuttyhunk and the islands for many years. In this picture postcard, the plane is docked at the Cuttyhunk Harbor Marina, home base for Island Air Service, Inc. of Rochester, MA. The once familiar noise of the single engine seaplane revving up and taking off from the Acushnet River is but a fond memory. I flew a few times to Cuttyhunk and knew Norman. He was one of the best pilots in the area, but was known to take chances in bad weather. The plane was also based at the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Docks on Middle St and had an identical float along side to tie up. I saw and recall one dramatic moment and near multi-fatal disaster in 1984 when State Rep Goyette's fueling cabin cruiser bilges exploded in a huge fire ball tossing all souls over-board. The seaplane was just minutes away from docking at the same location to pick up 5- Five gallon containers full of gasoline waiting along side right where the cruiser exploded! The containers never ignited. Most of the victims were treated and released, but Goyette was hospitalized for a length of time. His nickname ironically was "Sparky". https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123151993 123151993 Where were you in 1978 ? Where were you in 1978 ? - We had a blizzard that year, the Ford Fairmont, and the dumbest weather song of all time. The week of Feb 7th also marked the 33rd anniversary of The Blizzard of 1978. (Where were you?) Phil Paleologos and I reminisced and took some calls on WBSM. The underlying theme throughout the show from callers was how everything came to a stand still the day after. Privately owned vehicles were banned from the streets. The only way to get food and provisions was by snowmobile or foot, and that?s if the store was even open. The Blizzard caused over $2 Billion (in today?s dollars) in damages and killed over 100 and injured over 5,000. Winds reached 85 MPH and gusted to over 110 MPH in the blinding snow that seemed to go on and on for more than 30 hours straight. Locally, Fairhaven and New Bedford reported 26 to 30" of snow that was on top of a prior snow storm a couple of weeks before that dumped close to a foot. The year that brought us a blizzard, also brought about some man-made disasters like the Ford Fairmont, the worst weather related song of all time: ?Someone Left The Cake Out In the Rain? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaZim6ybvdA, A failed attempt by a guy (Country Bill White) "buried alive" behind radio station WBSM to break a world record, John Travolta - Saturday Night Fever, and Animal House (which I liked). 1978 was just another year that helped https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123745853 123745853 Old Whaler Fairhaven, MA c1885 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123765040 123765040 Car Radiators of the 1930's https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123765336 123765336 1896 Letter of Recommendation Here's a 115 year old letter of recommendation for "the bearer of this note" to get hired as a railroad conductor. Note, the "bearer" appears to have filled in his name with pencil, but a closer look reveals the original letter writer added this in later. Hopefully the guy got the job. Just can't beat a letter of recommendation from a Wine and Liquor Store owner. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123765852 123765852 The Palmer's Island Light New Bedford Harbor c1920 Captain Small's lighthouse had kept the lighthouse on Palmer's Island near New Bedford since 1919. In 1938, he and his wife Mabel lived in a small white house on the island. Whenever they say anything about a lighthouse keeper, they always act as if he were some kind of hero. We're not heroes. Here I am on this island, perfectly safe, working and painting pictures, while you wander around in New Bedford, crossing streets with automobiles and trolley cars whizzing by, just missing you by a few feet. Why, you people take more chances in a week than I do in ten years. On September 21, 1938, the day of the great hurricane, Arthur and Mabel Small were the only ones on the island. Recognizing a storm, Captain Small sent his wife to the oil house at the highest point on the island -- already flooded 3 feet deep. Leaving her there, he made his way to the lighthouse, injured by debris as he swam. Mrs. Small went to the boathouse, intending to row out to her husband. (Very likely by the row boat in photo) He ducked a wave and saw the sea knock over the boathouse and then sweep it away. I was hurt and she knew it. Seeing the wave hit the boathouse was about the last thing I remember. I must have been hit by a piece of timber and knocked unconscious. I came to some hours later, but all I remember was that I was in the middle of some wreckage. Then I must have lost my sense again, for I remember nothing more. Somehow he managed to get himself to the lighthouse and kept the light operating throughout the entire storm. The next morning, seeing that most of the buildings on Palmer's Island were gone, two friends evacuated Captain Small. On the 23rd, he sent a letter to the Superintendent of Lighthouses in Washington, D.C. In reporting the destruction of and loss of building and equipment at Palmer Island Light Station, New Bedford, Mass. on September 21st, 1938, the keeper made preparations all during that day, securing everything so far as possible, carrying extra oil and lamp equipment to the tower.... Keeper swept overboard, but by swimming underwater, made the station again. Mrs. Small, the keeper's wife, was seen by the keeper while he was overboard. She left the oil house where he had told her to stay and evidently she tried to launch a boat to save the keeper, but she was swept away and drowned. ...There is no shelter to be had at the station, except in the top of the tower. Keeper remained on duty until properly relieved. The light and fog signal were in good order. Keeper removed to St. Luke's Hospital suffering from exhaustion and exposure. (Signed) Arthur A. Small, keeper. Dictated by Arthur Small, Keeper, recorded by Wesley V. Small, keeper's son. Harold D. King, Commissioner of the Bureau of Lighthouses, described Small's efforts as "one of the most outstanding cases of loyalty and devotion that has come to the attention of this office." E.H. Tripp wrote a tribute to Mabel Small that read in part: Mrs. Small's forty-eighth birthday came two days after the catastrophe. Mrs. Small was a member of the Fairhaven's Mother's Club, for which she and Captain Small had given talks. Living by and on the sea and knowing full well the might of god's awful elements as well as sunshine on a sandy, rock-strewn isle, the brave wife of a brave man, casting aside all thought of self, nor by wind or tide dismayed, she tried to bring succor to her mate, who struggled in the raging flood. We, her friends who weep, may pause and say, "There is no greater love than this -- her dear memory to us a treasure will be always." Among the Smalls' material losses were their life savings, $7,500, which Mabel had on her person, and a personal library of books on ships and the sea. The Treasury Department granted Captain Small a leave of absence with pay for two years, followed by his retirement on full pension. The oil house, where Captain Small had brought his wife for safety, and the lighthouse were the only two buildings standing on Palmer's Island after the storm. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=123766150 123766150 Vintage 1953 New Bedford Special Police Badge. Vintage 1953 New Bedford Special Police Badge. This badge belonged to my grandfather who was a guard at the infamous Ash St Jail. The jail is the oldest correctional facility in the US and is still operational today. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=124140121 124140121 Palmer's Island Light c1919 Captain Small's lighthouse had kept the lighthouse on Palmer's Island near New Bedford since 1919. In 1938, he and his wife Mabel lived in a small white house on the island. Whenever they say anything about a lighthouse keeper, they always act as if he were some kind of hero. We're not heroes. Here I am on this island, perfectly safe, working and painting pictures, while you wander around in New Bedford, crossing streets with automobiles and trolley cars whizzing by, just missing you by a few feet. Why, you people take more chances in a week than I do in ten years. On September 21, 1938, the day of the great hurricane, Arthur and Mabel Small were the only ones on the island. Recognizing a storm, Captain Small sent his wife to the oil house at the highest point on the island -- already flooded 3 feet deep. Leaving her there, he made his way to the lighthouse, injured by debris as he swam. Mrs. Small went to the boathouse, intending to row out to her husband. He ducked a wave and saw the sea knock over the boathouse and then sweep it away. I was hurt and she knew it. Seeing the wave hit the boathouse was about the last thing I remember. I must have been hit by a piece of timber and knocked unconscious. I came to some hours later, but all I remember was that I was in the middle of some wreckage. Then I must have lost my sense again, for I remember nothing more. Somehow he managed to get himself to the lighthouse and kept the light operating throughout the entire storm. The next morning, seeing that most of the buildings on Palmer's Island were gone, two friends evacuated Captain Small. On the 23rd, he sent a letter to the Superintendent of Lighthouses in Washington, D.C. In reporting the destruction of and loss of building and equipment at Palmer Island Light Station, New Bedford, Mass. on September 21st, 1938, the keeper made preparations all during that day, securing everything so far as possible, carrying extra oil and lamp equipment to the tower.... Keeper swept overboard, but by swimming underwater, made the station again. Mrs. Small, the keeper's wife, was seen by the keeper while he was overboard. She left the oil house where he had told her to stay and evidently she tried to launch a boat to save the keeper, but she was swept away and drowned. ...There is no shelter to be had at the station, except in the top of the tower. Keeper remained on duty until properly relieved. The light and fog signal were in good order. Keeper removed to St. Luke's Hospital suffering from exhaustion and exposure. (Signed) Arthur A. Small, keeper. Dictated by Arthur Small, Keeper, recorded by Wesley V. Small, keeper's son. Harold D. King, Commissioner of the Bureau of Lighthouses, described Small's efforts as "one of the most outstanding cases of loyalty and devotion that has come to the attention of this office." E.H. Tripp wrote a tribute to Mabel Small that read in part: Mrs. Small's forty-eighth birthday came two days after the catastrophe. Mrs. Small was a member of the Fairhaven's Mother's Club, for which she and Captain Small had given talks. Living by and on the sea and knowing full well the might of god's awful elements as well as sunshine on a sandy, rock-strewn isle, the brave wife of a brave man, casting aside all thought of self, nor by wind or tide dismayed, she tried to bring succor to her mate, who struggled in the raging flood. We, her friends who weep, may pause and say, "There is no greater love than this -- her dear memory to us a treasure will be always." Among the Smalls' material losses were their life savings, $7,500, which Mabel had on her person, and a personal library of books on ships and the sea. The Treasury Department granted Captain Small a leave of absence with pay for two years, followed by his retirement on full pension. The oil house, where Captain Small had brought his wife for safety, and the lighthouse were the only two buildings standing on Palmer's Island after the storm. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125947289 125947289 The New Bridge Drawing c1900 An artists rendition of the completed New Bedford - Fairhaven bridge will look like when completed. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125947294 125947294 Towards the end of an era c1900 New Bedford where whalers still active around 1900. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125947296 125947296 Kelly's Boat Yard Fairhaven, MA c1898 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125947297 125947297 Henry Huttleston Rogers Estate Fairhaven, MA c1903 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125947298 125947298 Ft Phoenix Fairhaven, MA c1903 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125947299 125947299 179 Main St, Fairhaven, MA 1900 Built by Jos. Hathaway, husband of Ann Dillingham Hathaway in 1802. Known for many years as the "Crowell House" Helen Radcliffe https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125947301 125947301 Wilbur's Point, Fairhaven, MA c1945 Wilbur's Point at the end of Sconticut Neck Rd. c1945 Most of this area is a private association including the streets. The town still plows the private roads as a safety issue. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=125953487 125953487 Fort Phoenix Bath House c1950 The Ft. Phoenix bath house had large locker bays for bathers to store their clothes. A token was about a quarter. The boardwalk is visible to the right. It extended out further but the Hurricanes of 1938 and 1944 chopped away at it. The most significant damage was done earlier around WW I when ice destroyed a large section. The building was eventually torn don after Hurricane Carol caused extensive damage. A concrete replacement building was erected in 1966 and still functions as a bath house. The property is owned by the State. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=128670828 128670828 Fairhaven Lawn Fair 1945 A Lawn Fair on William St by the 1st Congregational Church, Fairhaven, MA Helen Radcliffe https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385344 129385344 Fairhaven Graduation Class of 1902 Fairhaven Academy Grads 1902. "I think this is a graduating class from the Academy Bldg. Ed G. Spooner and my father are here (JHC Marston) . Many others may be recognized. written by Genevieve M. Darden. from Helen Radcliffe https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385345 129385345 The Mobil Gas Station on Acushnet Ave. 1950 Only the "old-timers' will remember when Weld Square was in one piece. In this photo: The Mobil Gas Station on Acushnet Ave. 1950 - was where the Cape Cod 195E exit ramp is on RT 18 heading North. Louie Baron in these photos -(MLBaron's dad) was a gas attendant at the station that was franchised by his brother Stanley Baron who also owned Scotty's in the North End. My father recalls Oliviers Plumbing across the street, Jone's Cut-Rate, McDermott's Fish Market, The Rialto Theater, and the Police Dept Weld Square annex north of the gas station. Also nearby, the infamous Green Parrot Lounge had a notorious real live green parrot as a mascot with language so fowl - that children were warned by their parents to steer clear from the place. Other businesses nearby: Graves Potato Store, Delmar Bakery, Sharpshooters Hall, Dunlop Tires, Arrabas Grocery Store, Deluxe Diner -near The Wamsutta Mills, (now Bluepoint Restaurant in Acushnet) and The Holy Rosary School, (church building still remains) In the photo-above the gas pump, you can see a women peering through an open window....it was a Monday when the photo was taken because she would look out every Monday for the mailman with her Social Security Check according to Louie. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385346 129385346 New Bedford Public Market c1940 Mystery Photo - New Bedford Public Market c1940 - perhaps north downtown near Times Building Some Facebook comments: John R. Lopes says: This was right across the street from the Star Store, just to the left(north) was NBIS. Golub Furniture bought the building and converted it to a furniture store and then sold out to NBIS for the new addition they added. Roger Chartier says: John Lopes is correct and my mother remembers it well. My grandmother used to buy scones there. It was on 712 Purchase Street across from the East side of the Star Store Dawn Vello says: Mr. Golub just recently passed away. I'm looking at the signs in the windows--opening Friday nite must have been big. Look at the baby carriage.... John R. Lopes says: I had dealing with both Golub brothers, as I was one of the companies that handled the store financing (way before credit cards). They sold the real estate and closed the store about 1978 if my memory is correct. MLBaron Archives https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385347 129385347 New Bedford South End New Bedford South End- Summer of c1957 . Old 50's photos had Chevy's everywhere - great way to figure out time period. Brian Rapoza says: End of County, looking at the Cove Gary Golas says: I totally agree...Brian beat me to it...end of County looking south at Cove Road (without the dike there.) In fact some of those houses on left gave it away, they are still there.! https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385348 129385348 Fairhaven Estates West Island c1951 This somewhat blurry photo shows a large sign displayed at the corner of Route 6 and Sconticut Neck Road. The advertisement was for Fairhaven Estates on West Island in 1951. The structure in the background, known as "The Poor farm" was constructed around 1900 and had gardens and accommodations for the needy families in town. Soon after this photo was taken about 1951, the building was torn down and a bowling alley was built. Atlantic Ten Pin Lanes remained on the site for almost 50 years when it was eventually torn down and replaced by a large supermarket chain. The stone wall still exists today. For more on Fairhaven Estates enter here: http://mlbaron.webs.com/fairhavenestates.htm https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385449 129385449 Comments: Jim Mathes The middle of the Times Building lines up almost perfectly with the westbound lanes of Route 6 over the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge. Based on the angle of Route 6 over the bridge and the distance from the bridge, this photo was looks to have been taken from a point north and west of the Times Building. The question, as ML pointed out is, how far west of the Times Building. Now I'm wondering if the photo could've been taken from a building that used to stand in the area where the Regency Tower is located? Ml Baron On thing is for certain, the parking lot appears elevated on the east end. a building east of the NB hotel likely, perhaps across the street where the "octopus" now intersects? Jim Mathes This is before my time in NB... I moved here in 1975. I've only heard stories of the many buildings and businesses that used to be in that area. Roger Chartier Joan is correct it is just north of where RT. 6 is still today. Roger Chartier http://www.whalingcity.net/wc_images/1936_new_bedford_map_se_1700.jpg Roger Chartier I enlarged it to try to read the sign on the building in the forefront. - can't see what it says.maybe on ML's original. Joan Laferriere Akin I just emailed a copy of this to my 85 year old dad to see if he can figure it out .... Jay Simmons This photo is taken from the east side of the times building. Jay Simmons This photo was taken from the east side of the Times Building, overlooking what was Acushnet Ave. Jay Simmons The parking lot we are looking at is where the current Downtown Parking Garage is located. Paul Hadfield We took a lot of bombings on the city back then, someday they'll rebuild this city! Godspeed! Joan Laferriere Akin My dad said yes, it's north of downtown proper, and he recognized some buildings, but wasn't quite sure where the camera was. This city tore down and built up a lot since then. I still think it's a bit north of the Elm Street, but .... I could be wrong... Roger Chartier My dad is 88 and he knew the buildings nearer the river but the ones in the immediate foreground are still a mystery. My mom is 85 and she hasn't commented on it as of yet. ML, I'll put it on Whaling City.net as the mystery picture. Roger Chartier AHA! If you look through the branches of the tree you can see the old stone lighthouse at the bottom of the green going up the hill. Later after the urban renewal of the area and the Octopus being built the top of it was placed a fake looking...See More Jay Simmons My answer for this photo wasn't a guess, this was taken from the top floor of the times building. Roger Chartier In the extreme right of the photo you can see that it was taken from a window of a brick building with granite or light stone window sills. Jay Simmons I posted the photo evidence on ML's page. Roger Chartier Jay - I'd like to post it on www.WhalingCity.net. Do you mind? Jay Simmons Go for it. Roger Chartier here's what I made so far http://www.whalingcity.net/picture_1950s_mystery_view.html Roger Chartier Here's a page thanks to Jay Simmon's contribution. http://www.whalingcity.net/picture_mid_1900%27s_times_bldg.html Ml Baron Hi Everybody-I think I just bumped into another mystery photo that got solved ! The building in background of parking lot could be New Bedford Public Market? see my newly added photo . Guess The WW2 Battle atlasbooks.com Out of all the battles in WW2, this was one of the biggest! Can you guess which one it is?. Sponsored. FaceBook link to some more great comments: http://www.facebook.com/MLBaron#!/photo.php?fbid=1614343890350&set=a.1030636538031.2004776.1588891101&theater https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385450 129385450 Fairhaven Airport c1930 Texaco trucks fuel up planes at Fairhaven Airport C1930 For more on Fairhaven Airport enter here: http://mlbaron.webs.com/fairhavenairport1930.htm https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385451 129385451 A Naval Presence c1901 A US Navy warship enters New Bedford harbor c1901. The vessel is very likely the U.S.S. Lehigh, which was a monitor ship specifically used for harbor defense of the New England coast. MLBaron Historic Archives https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385452 129385452 New Bedford Bridge c1897 The New Bedford Bridge looking east into Fairhaven. A"newer" bridge would be constructed about a year after this photo was taken. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385453 129385453 The Old New Bedford Drawbridge c1896 A tug passes through the drawbridge https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385454 129385454 New Bedford Harbor c1895 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385455 129385455 Old Whaler New Bedford Pier c1896 "A Past Industry" On sluggish, lonesome, muddy waters, anchored near the shore, An old dismantled, grey and battr'd ship, disabled, done and broken, After free voyages to all the seas of the earth, Hauled up at last and hawser'd tight. lies rusting, mouldering. WALT WHITMAN https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385456 129385456 Steamship Pier New Bedford c1898 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385457 129385457 New Bedford Whaleships Dockside c1898 https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385458 129385458 Downtown New Bedford, MA Purchase and Union Sts. c1902 A Large banner draped across the street announces: New England Championship Game Base Ball To Day at 3PM. Businesses including The C.F.Wing Co were prominent on Purchase St. A Sign on the trolley advertises a Labor Day Event. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385459 129385459 Old Whalers New Bedford Pier c1896 Old whalers ROUSSEAU and DESDEMONA "A Past Industry" On sluggish, lonesome, muddy waters, anchored near the shore, An old dismantled, grey and battr'd ship, disabled, done and broken, After free voyages to all the seas of the earth, Hauled up at last and hawser'd tight. lies rusting, mouldering. WALT WHITMAN https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385460 129385460 A NAZI U-Boat attacked this boat A NAZI U-Boat attacked this New Bedford scalloper in early 1945. On a foggy night while dragging for scallops off Nantucket, The crew of The Friars (1939 photo) spotted a periscope rising out of the murky water. The sub surfaced and began firing upon the fishing boat. Crew members donned their life jackets and prepared to abandon ship. They were not sure of the distance, but could see the flashes from the subs deck gun. 4 shells were fired at The Friars and then the sub quickly submerged. The Friars headed at full speed towards the north and then the Captain and crew decided to return the 74ft scalloper back to the fishing grounds after a few hours later. They returned to port with the story of their ordeal and a "1,000" gallons of scallops. A rare 1939 clip shows the Friars dockside at Pier 3: http://www.youtube.com/user/mlb525#p/a/u/3/OwVBaAp34sE https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=129385461 129385461 The David Duff & Son Coal Co of New Bedford This ad from an 1896 Calendar from The David Duff & Son Coal Co of New Bedford was quite elaborate for it's time. The Duffs allegedly had a monopoly with the city's primary fuel supply..COAL. They were a wealthy and politically powerful family. The main office was adjacent to the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge in the late 1800's and early 1900's. https://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=197401211 197401211