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[The Sidewalks of Lynn, Massachusetts]

1,500.00
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[The Sidewalks of Lynn, Massachusetts]

1,500.00

An archive of unusual documentary photography focused firmly on sidewalks in the suburban Boston city of Lynn, Massachusetts. Likely executed for a bureaucratic purpose or purposes by multiple photographers, several prints bear stamps of the city's Tax Appeals Board and one of its Police Department. The focus of the archive is singular, documenting sidewalks, streets, and storefronts of Lynn, and while its specific motive for creation and assembly is not abundantly clear (accident investigation, repair assessments, and tax purposes, each come to mind), we are unconcerned. The net result is an exceptional photographic archive. Gritty, often remarkably executed urban landscapes of Lynn from the 1920's into the Depression. 

[Photography] : [Infrastructure]. [Photograph Archive of the Sidewalks of Lynn, Massachusetts]. [Lynn, Massachusetts]: ca.1923-1936. 148 black and white silver print photographs. Loose. Most approximately 8" x 10" bordered prints (about five slightly smaller): 70 double weight ; 60 single weight ; 18 linen backed. Each with a location and date in manuscript pencil to verso. A few with stamps of City agencies. Some mild, unobtrusive edge curling to each photograph. Approximately 1/3 of single weight prints with some creasing, light tearing or edge/corner loss. Overall group about very good.

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An archive of unusual documentary photography focused firmly on sidewalks in the suburban Boston city of Lynn, Massachusetts. Likely executed for a bureaucratic purpose or purposes by multiple photographers, several prints bear stamps of the city's Tax Appeals Board and one of its Police Department. The focus of the archive is singular, documenting sidewalks, streets, and storefronts of Lynn, and while its specific motive for creation and assembly is not abundantly clear (accident investigation, repair assessments, and tax purposes, each come to mind), we are unconcerned. The net result is an exceptional photographic archive. Gritty, often remarkably executed urban landscapes of Lynn from the 1920's into the Depression. 

[Photography] : [Infrastructure]. [Photograph Archive of the Sidewalks of Lynn, Massachusetts]. [Lynn, Massachusetts]: ca.1923-1936. 148 black and white silver print photographs. Loose. Most approximately 8" x 10" bordered prints (about five slightly smaller): 70 double weight ; 60 single weight ; 18 linen backed. Each with a location and date in manuscript pencil to verso. A few with stamps of City agencies. Some mild, unobtrusive edge curling to each photograph. Approximately 1/3 of single weight prints with some creasing, light tearing or edge/corner loss. Overall group about very good.