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Places From Worcester's Past


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This is a collection of pictures, most from sources believed to be from non-copyrighted (or expired copyrighted) works such as turn of the century postcards and even a yearbook or two.

I've broken it down by subject, each page is devoted to one topic. Old postcards are definitely pretty cool, since you see what the city looked like about 100 years ago in COLOR. If possible, I will try and get present day shots of some of the public places for comparison.

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There are 121 pages about past in this section. Select an index page to see the list of pages available.

Indexes: [Latest] [A][B][C][D][E][F][G][H][I][J][K][L][M][N][O][P][R][S][T][U][W][Y]

ImgsMsgsName
19The Aged Men's Home
924Airport
396Allen & Thurber Firearms
421American Steel
34The Antiquarian Society
106Arial Shots of Worcester
35The Armory
38Art Museum
28Assumption College
13143Asylum For the Insane
535Bancroft Hotel
13The Bancroft School
344Bancroft Tower
12Baptist Church
56Bay State House
11Bigelow's Garden
1468The Blizzard of 1978
1Boulevard Dinner
270Boys Trade
113Bus Depot
59The Causeway
68City Hall
311City Hospital
613Clark University
1Coney Island
15Corner Lunch
14The Coronado Hotel
57The Courthouse
357Crompton and Knowles Loom Works
426Davis Tower
22Edgemere Diner
1El Morocco
1131Elm Park
47Elm Street
21Exchange Hotel
1013Fire Stations and Other Fire Stuff
18First Church of Christ
26Franklin Square Theater
630Front Street
29Geo H Ward Post Memorial Building
951Greenhill Park
140Greenwood Park
4120Harrington & Richardson
19Higgins Armory
47Highland Military Academy
945High Schools
911Holy Cross
13Hotel Standish
410Hurricane of 1938
614Institute Park
13Ionic Ave Boys Club
238Jail
14The Jordan Roads
34Kenmore Diner
126Lake Crompton Park
1822Lake Quinsigamond
37Laurel St. Church
13The Lido
121Lincoln Memorial Auditorium
313Lincoln Park
45Lincoln Square
340The Lincoln Square Boys Club
429Loews Theater
1927Main Street
16Masonic Temple
22Mechanics Hall
28Memorial Hospital
22Miscellanous Houses
511The New England Fair
35Normal School
212North Park
347Nortons
216Notre Dame Church
26Nurses Home, Worcester State Hospital
515Odd Fellows Home
645Oilzum
31Old City Hall
210Old South Church
19The Oval
24Pearl Street
414Pinehurst Park
329Pleasant Street
135Post 201 Explorers
18Post Office
211Presidental Visits
27Prime Value Mart
48Public Library
128Putnam Restaurant
26Richard Healy Furriers
115The Sowers Monument
237Spags
18Speedy's Hamburgers
14St. Anne's Church
14157St. Ann Orphanage
81St. Patrick's Day parade, March 17, 1985
124St. Paul's Cathedral
34St. Vincent's
14Synder the Florist
16Telephone Building
38The Thule Building
1T.O. Flynn Stables
1104Tornado of 1953
18Union Church
1920Union Station
11Unitarian Church
49University Park
1Waldo House
25The Warren
798White City
19Women's Club
131Woolworth's
316The Worcester Academy
117Worcester City Hospital
524Worcester Commons
37Worcester County Institution for Savings
116Worcester Market
1Worcester Public Library
212Worcester Theater
75WPI
14Y.D. Club
17Young Women's Christian Association


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St. Ann Orphanage, Comment by Leo Gagnon on July 04, 2012 - Report this comment
I was at St. Ann's from 1945 to 1950. My 3 brothers, Norman, Richard and Arthur were also there but were with the younger boys ( I was with the older boys). Although I missed home as I am sure, we all did, I have good memories on life there and of the nuns as well.I was in the choir and remember being part of a play done at the civic auditorium in Worchester. My fondest memories were of the kind families who took some of us into their homes for the hollidays.A Couple of unusual events were when the Budweiser Horses rode up to the orphanage, I was impressed with their huge size. Another out of the ordinary event was when a huge rat somehow got into the older boys day room. We grabbed mops and cornered him until the farmer from next door came over with his terrier. I won't go into details but the problem was resolved in a few seconds.It's my opinion that living in an institutional setting at the orphanage made it easy for me to adapt to military life. I later spent 20 years in the US Navy. If the orphanage were still in exisiance, I would certanly go back and visit. For now, I will just have to be content with reading the postings of others who were also there.


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