Almost every town has a Main Street, and they usually represent one of the major hubs of small businesses within that community. This photo is of the Main Street in Melrose, Massachusetts and was taken sometime during the mid-20th century. Melrose was originally part of both Charlestown and Malden, and eventually became a separate town in 1850 and then became a city in 1899. Today, more than 27,000 people call it home and a part of Main Street is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Unfortunately, there’s no visible street address in the photo, so I can’t use Google Street View and see how this area has changed over the last 70 years. However, we can see that Main Street in Melrose has always been a key part in building the economic success of the small city.
Do you recognize any of these businesses on this street? Do you remember shopping in them or know what they sold? Do you have a favorite small business in Melrose? Do you have any of your own old photos of Melrose you’d like to share with us? We would love to hear your stories and see your pictures. Send them to Wicked Local Media Solutions or tweet us @WLMediaSolution.