Oct. 10, 1910: What appears to be a horse-drawn fire engine headed one way down Washington Street as the North Station / East Cambridge trolley headed the other. The Old South Meeting House can be seen in the background.
Nov. 15, 1939: Washington Street traffic near Northampton Street.
May 15, 1952: Washington Street right before an air raid test was scheduled. A "red alert" was sounded in the first mass air raid test in Boston since World War II. The test lasted 10 minutes and helped determine the effectiveness of newly installed sirens and whistles.
May 15, 1952: Washington Street right after the air raid horn was sounded. All traffic stopped at the sounding of the first signal at 10:20 a.m. and MTA vehicles in subways traveled to the nearest station before stopping. All residents were asked, whether at work or at home, to seek prompt shelter.
March 25, 1956: Washington Street at 8:30 a.m. was empty on a Sunday before shopping was permitted. Stores were closed on Sundays until 1983.
April 13, 1966: Washington Street traffic was seen 13 years before the creation of Downtown Crossing in September 1979.
May 13, 1969: Shoppers at Washington and Summer streets.
Dec. 24, 1973: An aerial view of Christmas shoppers at the intersection of Washington and Summer streets.
Nov. 5, 1986: Washington Street under the elevated Orange Line tracks near the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.