Friday, April 13, 2007

Weekly Portland Photo of the Past

Our last photo was of Exchange Street in Portland's Old Port, looking up from the intersection with Fore Street towards where today Exchange Street crosses Middle Street. Here is another photo, courtesy of Abraham Schechter, who runs the Portland Public Library's Portland Room.

This time it is of another Portland street, again estimated to have been taken circa 1900-1910. Around the turn of the century, Portland felt a pressing need to relieve itself of the sewage problems of an increasing population. Before long, the major sewer pipes of the city were being laid, many of which are still working today. Click on the photo for a larger version to inspect details.


Monkey said...

You said " relieve itself". Snicker.

(Good Lord I'm regressed.)

Jack Zall said...

Ah, there's so few identifying details that I think you may have stumped me on this one -- The top of the second building on the right does look mighty familiar, but I just can't place it -- but I'll take a wild guess and say it's Cumberland Ave.

Michelle said...

Dearest Monkey-- It was so hard to resist, I figured why the devil not? ;)

Jack-- No, it's much closer to the Old Port area, still. This one definitely has much less in the way of clues, due to the groundward focus of the image. It's tricky! The street is still there today. I don't think it sees a LOT of traffic, but there is some still.

Rick said...

I`ll take a shot at this,Newbury st

Michelle said...

Rick-- Not Newbury... it's on the other side of the Old Port, the end towards Brian Boru.

Michelle said...

Okay, I owe EVERYONE an apology! My information on this photo got mixed up with another one (so keep those hints in mind for the future).

This photo is of sewer installation on Forest Avenue in Portland. The camera is facing towards Woodfords Street.

No wonder no one could get it! Even MY answer was wrong.