Vintage Fall River

15 Mar

Here are more images:

1st Congregational Church 1900’s

Durfee Textile School 1910 on Davol St.

City Hall 1950’s

Main Street 1950’s

Notre Dame 1907

City Hall 1908

South Park 1860’s

Globe Corners 1908

Main Street 1930’s

Post Office 1910

Fall River Hospital 1910

New Union Hospital 1910

Main Street 1900’s

South Park Pavillon 1908

Talbot store photo

EXTREMELY RARE PHOTOGRAPH – Showing the east side of a cornerstone Fall River business- the Talbot & Co. Clothing House. It is labeled on the back in pencil simply “1916- Second & Pleasant St.” Talbot’s, with its main entrance at 60-66 South Main St. in the former Pocasset Block, operated from early 1900 until about 1940 when Paul Woltman bought the business and moved his existing men’s store from the List Building on Third Street to the more visible location on City Hall Square. In the photo a young man dressed in overalls but wearing a bow tie can be seen leaning on a broom in what appears to have been a rear doorway at sometime in the past because no stairway leads down to the sidewalk level. In the corner display windows boys suits on forms, some shirts and a folded pair of trousers were on display along with a sign that reads in part- ‘School Times- Strong, Durable Styling.’ Having worked at Paul Woltman’s for several Christmas seasons back in the late 1950’s, I remember these display windows facing Bedford Street as being very narrow and without much room to create attractive clothing displays. Some sort of work was in progress at the time (roofing, painting ???) as evidenced by the temporary wooden fence extending out from the building. At the near corner under the barrier can be seen a wooden tool box with a handle. At the far corner (Pocasset Street) a man with his hands on his hips watches the photographer at work. The vertical sign at that corner advertised ‘K. P. (King Phillip) Ales’ (a local product) and was near the entrance to a basement tavern which was later known as the Tap Room. Across Pocasset St. in the right distance can be seen the corner of the old City Hall with a man leaning against its wall, a parked horse & wagon, overhead trolley power lines and, across the street, the massive old Post Office and Custom House. Nothing in this photo exists today – the site is partly occupied by the new ugly City Hall, ops- make that Government Center with the interstate highway, Route 195 underneath. Mounted on heavy backing board measuring  8 x 10 inches, this old photo measures 4.75 x 6.75 inches. Marked at the lower right is ‘W. B. Douglas Studio’ which was not a Fall River business. The mounting board bears very minor corner & edge wear from handling over many years as well as a tiny edge crease on the back side. The photo itself is in near mint condition. A seldon, if ever, seen image of the back of the Pocasset Block- Talbot Block- later Woltman Block and a valued addition to any serious Fall River collection.

I’ve added a few more images of old Fall River.  Aside from the great Mann murals out of public view at the old Kuss Middle School, other great murals of old Fall River can be seen HERE.

Ferry Street Rail Road Station – early 1900’s.

Notre Dame Church fire – 1982

More vintage pictures of Fall River…….

Rock Street 1910

City Hall after fire of 1886.

Steamship Pilgrim

Hotel Wilbur

Academy Building

Academy Building Interior

Main Street – 1905

92 Second Street – 1930’s

Lincoln Ave – House on left still stands and is easily recognized.

Main Street – 1940’s

Old Central Police Station

Bedford Street – 1888.

Main Street – 1890’s

1909 Bliffin Street family


Posted by on March 15, 2012 in Fall River History, Time Portals


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12 responses to “Vintage Fall River

  1. Una Boulay

    January 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Absolutely terrific. I remember so many walks “downtown” with my mother during the years from 1953 well into the sixties. The earlier photos were very interesting to me as I could imagine my grandparents having been alive and walking those streets then too. Thank You for the interest and wonderful work.

  2. jake roberts

    February 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    here is a funny story for you concerning lizzie borden. back in the mid 50’s when newpapers would have articles about lizzie and mention that she was burried in Oak Grove Cemetery. being that we lives a block away from the cementry we would hang out at main gate of the cemetery and people would always stop and ask us if we new where lizzie’s grave was . we would tell them for a dime we would show them lol hey those dimes brought a lot of basketballs and baseballs for us there was always a lot of confusion about here grave and where it was located due to the fact that after you entered the main gate on your eight you could see a large grave with a women on top holding what looked like an axe and the name on that grave was also Borden so many people believed that the thing the women was holding was an axe when it was a tool used in the old borden cotton mills so like i said for 10 cents we were tour guides for lizzie grave and e.quite a few other famous people from the 1800’s who lived in fall river .

  3. Anonymous

    February 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Have many of these postcards – but have not seen some of the photos. Great pictures, give us a glimpse of life in the past!

  4. Anonymous

    February 13, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    I loved these memories! When I was a little girl, in the 40’s, one day I rode my bike from the Flint for an adventure downtown. One of the things I did was climb all the stairs to the very top of City Hall. What a view from up there! I also visited the Historical Society and the big Library!
    Those were good years and Fall River was a wonderful place to grow up. I was born at Ste Anne’s Hospital in 1935!

  5. H. J. Blais

    March 8, 2012 at 7:42 AM

    I may have left Fall River but Fall River never left me and it will forever stay in my heart. I return to visit each year to where I still call “home”

  6. H. J. Blais

    March 8, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    All the wonderful photos bring happy memories.

  7. Anonymous

    March 13, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    I lived in Fall River from the 40’s to the 70’s. I remember visiting the Library, City Hall and the Academy Building. The Library was my favorite place when I was in my teens. It was a treasure house of great readings, especially books on Magic. I remember the great 5&10’s -Kresge’s& Woolworths. Patty Page Shoes and MCWhirr’s. I grew up in the Globe section and spent many hours in Father Kelley’s Park and South Park playing baseball.
    I went to Prevost High School and soon after I graduated both Notre Dame and Prevost burnt down!!

  8. Anonymous

    March 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Faye, i am interested in Bertie’s Husband, George Whitehead. Was he cleared by alibi?

    • phayemuss

      March 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      I don’t think Berties husband, George Whitehead was ever a suspect. According to their daughter they were going (and did, in fact, go) to that picnic at Rocky Point where half the police force was. To my knowledge there are no photos of AJB and Abby’s funeral at all. The funeral really never took place as the coroner was ordered to place their bodies in a vault pending the decapitation of their heads which he subsequently did – then took them to his home and boiled them so as the skulls could be used as evidence, which they were. At the graveyard only a few people got out of the carriages. The bodies were buried a few days later without their heads. After the trial, the heads were buried where it was thought the heads were at – approximately. Lovely little story, eh? But, alas, all true.

      Thanks for writing. 🙂

      • phayemuss

        March 16, 2012 at 8:39 PM

        I meant that the heads were buried where they approximated they would be if attached to the necks of the victims.

  9. Tom McDonald

    January 20, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Great Pictures.
    Would love to see more from the 1950’s of Fall River & Somerset.

  10. Anonymous

    September 16, 2018 at 5:21 AM

    Great photos. Thank you.


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