Reading Historical Images

These photographs have been the property of the Reading Public Library for many years. They were digitized with the support of a grant from the Reading Celebration Trust's Historical Preservation Fund. One portion of the collection was the personal photo album of Mrs. Albert F. (Martha Cook) Converse, others are donations to the collection from various individuals.


  • Institution: Reading Public Library


  • Massachusetts--Middlesex (county)--Reading


[Reading High School class of 1904 50th reunion]
[Reading High School class of 1904 25th reunion]
1928 aerial photo, Reading, Mass.
Walter S. Parker
Walter S. Parker Junior High School
Highland School (elementary) Middlesex Avenue
Highland School 1940 second grade
First grade at Union Street School
Union Street School
Birch Meadow Elementary School
[Construction of Joshua Eaton School]
Joshua Eaton School (Elementary)
The residence of James Wight, Sanborn Street, Reading
Reading High School
[Aerial views of Reading, Mass., 1965]
Aerial view Reading High School
The main entrance to Reading High School
[Reading Poor Farm]
Pearl Street School
Reading Poor Farm
Reading Poor Farm
Chestnut Hill School
School 19 years : home 96 years
Quannapowitt Playhouse
Chestnut Hill School 1941 grades 3 and 4
The Quannapowitt Playhouse
Alice M. Barrow[s] Elementary School
Arthur W. Coolidge Middle School
J. W. Killam School
Saint Agnes School
Austin Preparatory School
Aerial view of the Reading Memorial High School
Reading Memorial High School
Reading Memorial High School
Samuel Pierce organ pipe factory
J. W. Richardson shoe factory
Reading Planing Mill
Hutchinson's carriage repository
Everett Richardson Factory
Horton Manufacturing Company
Factory of Charles E. Damon Company
Factory of Henry Austin
[Photograph of S. Harnden's mill yard after fire]
1854 sketch of S. Harnden's mill yard
[Photograph of S. Harnden's mill yard after fire]
[Photograph of S. Harnden's mill yard after fire]
Mayall's experimental lab
[Goodall Sanford Mills]
Ace Art Company
Boston Stove Foundry
Believe it or not!
View of Ash Street
Reading Chronicle office after 1978 blizzard
The Reading Chronicle press
Ye olden-time shoe shop
The 12 mile marker from Boston
Berson Drug Store
Purple Door Paint Store
Jack O'Brien's station
Weston's Greenhouse
Old Colony Bank
The fire at Paul Doucette's furniture store
Laurel Hill cemetery
Laurel Hill cemetery entrance
Laurel Hill Cemetery entrance
World War [I] memorial
Forest Glen Cemetery
Charles Lawn Cemetery
Two views of Old South Church
[First meeting house in Reading, MA]
[Site of first meeting house in Reading, MA]
The Old South Church 1818
[Old South Methodist Church]
Old South Methodist Church
[Old South Methodist Church]
Old South Church
Devastating church fire in 1911
First Church of Christ Scientist
[Bethesda Congregational Church]
Bethesda Congregational Church
Congregational Church
Congregational church fire
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Church of the Nazarene
Church of the Nazarene
Baptist Church, Reading, Mass.
Baptist Church on Salem Street
Baptist Church, Woburn Street
[Fire at First Baptist Church]
[First Baptist Church]
[First Baptist Church]
Christian Union Church
Unitarian Church]
[First Catholic Church]
Saint Agnes Church
Saint Athanasius Church
Security Hall
Odd Fellow's Hall
[Reading Town Hall]
Reading Public Library
Reading Public Library
Reading Town Hall
Reading Public Library and Town Hall
The Reading Public Library
The Reading Public Library
Reading Public Library and Town Hall
Reading Public Library's logo
Reading Public Library
Central Fire Station
Central Fire Station
Central Fire Station
1914 Knox pumper
Main Street Fire Station
Central Fire Station
Old hose house
Woburn Street fire station
West side fire station no. 2
Ambulance purchased 1956
Reading ambulance
Reading police station
Old Nike site
Police station
Police station
Town garage
Site of present pumping station
Water tower
1957 fire at Highland School
Laying the new water lines in Reading Square
Bear Hill standpipe
Auburn Street water towers
Pump House
Purification plant
Public works garage
New Department of Public Works facility
Reading's very own incinerator
Reading's incinerator
Municipal light and power station
New municipal light building
Reading Municipal Light Department
[American Legion, post 62]
Reading Athletic Club
New England Telephone building
Home of D. Kingman
[Cornerstone of the Reading, MA post office]
[Reading, Mass. P.O.]
[Reading, Mass. P.O.]
[Reading, Mass. P.O.]
[Reading, Mass. P.O. from west]
[Reading, Mass. P.O.]
[Reading, Mass. P.O.]
[Reading, Mass. P.O.]
[Reading, Mass. P.O.]
1982 aerial view
[35 Walnut Street]
[472 Summer Avenue]
[Chestnut Hill School]
[483 Summer Avenue]
[Willow tree]
[483 Summer Avenue]
[Watering trough at Hopkins and Walnut Streets]
[15 Hopkins Street]
[841 North Main Street]
[460-462-464 Summer Avenue]
[Looking down Lowell Street from corner of Highland Avenue]
[55 Lowell Street]
[Old high school and Old South Church]
[Unitarian Church]
[East end Masonic block and square]
[Baptist Church]
[Congregational Church]
[Minot Street, corner Warren Avenue]
[Dr. Dow]
Lowell Street cloverleaf on lower edge [Route I93]
[Mrs. Converse's house]
[Parker Tavern]
[Mrs. Converse's living room]
[Mrs. Converse]
Prescott Street
Sanborn Street, Reading, Mass.
Corner of Woburn Street and Main Street at Lowell Street
Corner of Woburn Street and Main Street at Lowell Street about 1902
Paving Woburn Street
Summer Ave., Reading, Mass.
Summer Ave., Reading, Mass.
Edgemont Road
Edgemont Avenue
Birch Meadow-High School complex
Lowell Street at Highland Street [sic]
Hockey game in flooded yard
The Parker Tavern
Home of Lieutenant Loea and Annie (Bancroft) Parker
Home of Mary Leeds
Edward Manning row house
Benjamin Boyce house
Hartshorne - Pratt home
[Sanborn home]
Thomas Symonds home
The Richardson house
House of Dr. Francis Brown
[Luther Elliott house]
A. Newell Howes home
House located at 36 Gould Street, Reading
Badger family home
Aerial view of west side of lower Main Street
Bancroft House
Weston homestead
Greek revival
Batchelder home
Jonathan Frost house
Jonathan Frost home
Jonathan Frost house
The Jacob W. Manning home
The green doorway
Doucette home
Reading Home for Aged Women
Reconstructed Skinner organ factory
Skinner organ factory
Church organ builders
[97 Pleasant Street]
[42 John Street]
Aerial view of Washington Park
P. & S. Variety Store
Nancy Bliss' candy store
McLaughlin's Variety Store
Joann's Variety Store
Kean's store
Myrtle Waterhouse's store
Dragon Corner Store
Friendly Variety Store
The Pratt house
The Pratt house
[House moved from Salem Street to Azalea Circle]
The move of the Ruggles' house
Aerial view of Christensen's Gardens and Washington Park
[House moved from Reading Lumber Yard]
[Formerly [39] Woburn Street]
[Formerly 39 Woburn Street]
1938 hurricane
September 1938 hurricane
Elmer Rising's Parker Tavern
Elmer Rising
Father Kemp's Olde Folks Concert
Hancock No. 2 personnel
Old Center School
Boy Scouts
Girl Scouts, Reading, Massachusetts
Girl Scouts, Reading, Massachusetts
[R. Dexter Temple in front of home of Waldo E. Perkins]
R. Dexter Temple
1985 aerial view [Reading, Mass.]
Rally on Reading Common 1990
[Workers of Walter Hopkins' farm]
The Reading Women's Choral Class
Reading baseball team season of 1919
Reading High School class of 1932
Prospect Street school 1910
HIghland School 1914
[Aerial photograph of Reading, Mass.]
Reading benchmarks
Reading benchmark maps
[Reading's Bicentennial Celebration]
[Reading's Bicentennial Celebration Committee]
[Ringing the bells for Reading's Bicentennial Celebration]
[Reading's Bicentennial Celebration]
[Reading's Bicentennial Celebration]
Broadside of the Lowande Circus
Reading fairgrounds
Imagination Station play area
Meadow Brook Golf Club
Football field at Reading Memorial High School
Little League ball park
Community Christmas tree
Reading Square
Entrance to Memorial Park
Running track at Reading Memorial High School
New Camp Rice Moody
Camp Rice Moody
Memorial Park
Bay State Military Rifle Association
Sailor Tom's home [the ship]
Canal-dump and curtain
[Laurel Hill Cemetery] : new wall replacing iron fence
Church and high school
Tannerville complex
Cedar Glen complex
Peter Sanborn complex
Dedication of Barclay and Bishop local history room
Reading's historians
Reading Town Forest
Reading Square
[Trolley tracks in Reading Square, Reading, MA]
Lowell trolleys
Reading Square
Intersection of Main and Haven Street
M. F. Charles, jeweler and stationer
Chamberlain's Block
West side of Main Street
Reading Theatre in Square
Site of Reading Theatre
[Town Garage, Reading, MA]
Trolley car barns
View of Square, Reading, Mass.
Bank building
Bank building
Bank building
Reading Square
Bank building
Reading Inn
The Elmwood Hotel
The Reading Inn
West side of Main Street in 1947
West side of Main Street in  1956
West side of Main Street to Haven Street on left
Continuation of west side of Main Street in 1956
Reading sign on common
Reading Square from Reading Common
Reading Common and Old South Church
"NE corner of Main and Haven Streets"
E. C. Metcalf's store
July 4th parade in Reading
Site of Willis home on Main Street
The new VFW meeting house
An end to elegance
Fabric Town
Reading Theatre
Main Street looking north from Chapin Avenue
Reading Theatre
Main Street looking north from Green Street
Main Street looking south from Haven Street
Intersection of Main and Washington Street
Haven Street looking east toward Main Street
Haven Street looking west from Main Street
Haven Street looking west from Main Street
Willis' corner
Trolleys in Reading Square
Two views of Masonic Block
Middlesex County National Bank
Motorcycle business
Business block
Painting by Reading resident Ellen Nelson
Early morning fire at Seaport Fish Market and Restaurant on Haven Street
Rockport Fish Market
For a mere hole in the ground it has entertained a lot of people recently
Reading Cooperative Bank
Lower Haven Street
R. R. Station and Black's Block
Corner of Haven and High Streets
Black's Block
Looking north on Haven Street from High Street
Looking north on Chute Street
Old Reading Depot
Reading Depot looking north
Aerial photo Reading Square looking north
Reading depot heading south
Reading Depot
Boston & Maine Pacific 3640 at Reading Highlands
Boston & Maine Pacific 3653 with train #1020 at Reading Highlands
The Highland Roundhouse
Boston & Maine Pacific 3687 at Reading Highlands with train #118
Boston & Maine Pacific 3638 leaving  Reading Highlands with train #135
Boston & Maine Pacific 3627 at Reading Highlands
Boston & Maine Pacific 3627 and 3623 at Reading Highlands
Roundhouse Reading Highlands
Railroad crossing Woburn Street
Reading Highlands
Reading Highlands
Boston & Maine locomotive #3713 "Constitution"
Boston & Maine locomotive #3713 "Constitution"
Train heading toward Boston
Railroad yards at Reading Highlands
Redesigned railroad area
Diesel engine at Reading Depot
Reading Depot
Reading Depot
New "no-bump" crossing at Woburn Street
Cottage Hall
Prospect Street School
Prospect Street School
Lowell Street School
The Center School
The Reading High School Band
Miss Hattie Walker's Sunday school class (Unitarian)
Prospect Street School, Grade 2

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