Saturday, April 19, 2014

Appleton Street Grammar School

The Appleton Street Grammar School from a photo taken in the summer of 1907. Located at the southeast corner of Appleton & Elm, the school housed the Holyoke Public Library in one of it's rooms in 1870 and in 1913 was renamed Lawrence School after H.B. Lawrence. In 1932 when a new city grammar school was built on Cabot street, it would also carry Lawrence's name.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Pulaski Park 1950s

A resident of the old Polish Ward 4 poses for a picture in Pulaski Park in the early 1950s. Notice the park wall in the background and the beautiful view visitors to the park had back then. It's a shame the city and the railroad make excuses as to why we can't have a view like that today. (photos courtesy of the Seminole Bailey Archive)

Dwight Street - Summer 1898

Looking west up Dwight Street in 1898. The Holyoke skyline includes City Hall (left) and the Windsor Hotel (right) and the Marble Building in the background. The north side of Dwight street was bustling with many businesses at this time. (photo courtesy of Edwin L. Kirtland)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Welding On HSR Trolley Line 1910

A few photos depicting the process of thermit welding being applied to the rails of the Holyoke Street Railway in the summer of 1910, and taken from a December 1910 publication "Electric Railway Journal". The article was written by then head of the HSR George Pellissier. The following photos were taken near the Y.M.C.A at Appleton and High streets.