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A delivery crew places granite curbing on the street for installation.

A man operates a stone cutting machine.

This is a drawing of a testing machine.

Stone abrasion machine. Slide label reads: "50-100 gram pieces are given 10,000 revolutions in this mach."

This crew, using one of the larger machines, is preparing the surface of a city street for paving.  The city is likely one of the greater cities in the northeastern section of the United States.


Large paving stones are being set on Poydras Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. Poydras Street is the central corridor of the New Orleans business district.  Familiar landmarks such as the Superdome and the French Quarter are just minutes away. The…

A work crew laying Durax paving stones at 110 Wallabout Place, Brooklyn, New York in October of 1917. This location is in close proximity to the Brooklyn Naval Yard. Located in Wallabout Bay, off the East River, the Brooklyn Naval Yard was…

A crew works on laying Durax paving blocks. Notice the various tools that are being used.

A work crew and supervisors pose during a stone paving job.

A work crew stops for a photo being taken to demonstrate how straight new paving stones are being laid.

A work crew demonstrates how various tools are used to make straight rows of paving stones.

Notice the workers' coats hung over a fence and the small child observing from a window above.

Unknown location.

A work crew using their grout boxes.

A cement grout batch mixer in action. Appears to be Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. A different view of this location is shown on Kirchin021.

As they pave a newly laid street, a crew uses a Hassan patent grout mixer.

An asphalt mastic heater being used in paving a street.

This is a different view of the street work pictured in the slide named Kirchin011. Workers' jackets still hang on the fence.

Mastic being spread on pavement.

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A sand heater used for the mastic in paving a city street. The date and location has been written on the image. June 2, 1916. 373 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York. Notice the supports for the elevated railroad tracks above. A large billboard…

Two workers mix mastic in a wheelbarrow and dump it on the surface of the street.

Same general location as shown in Kirchin010.

A work crew using the pot pouring method of applying mastic to a street. The writing on the slide tells us that this view is of 416 Broadway in Brooklyn, New York.  The date is June 2, 1916.  Several businesses are in view.  The one with the clearest…

Two workers mix mastic in a wheelbarrow and dump it on the surface of the street.Same general location as shown in Kirchin010. A duplicate image of Kirchin018.

A work crew using heavy machinery to grout the pavement. The location as written on the slide is Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Bedford Avenue is the longest street in Brooklyn - stretching just over ten miles. Exact location on Bedford Avenue…

Durax 4 inch cubes laid out in a typical street paving pattern.

A work crew pauses for a photograph. They are busy paving a street with Durax cubes. The only identified person is Harry Kirchin who is standing on the extreme left of the group.

A crew works on installing durax cubes in patterns for paving the street. Notice the mix of horse drawn carriages and early automobiles.

Dated circa 1916, this newly paved street is at the Center Market, B Street or what is now Constitution Avenue and 7th Avenue in Washington, D.C. The idea for a central market in the nation's capitol was begun by President George Washington…

Another view of the durax paved street next to the Center Market in Washington, D.C. Notice the sign that gives their hours.  The entire market slogan is out of frame, but it reads in part: "Every Day A Market Day At..."

Large durax cubes have been dumped on a city street where they will be used for paving. A crew works to size and shape the cubes for precise installation. Location is unknown but notice the many advertisements.  Drink Coca-Cola, Morton's Ice Cream,…

Durax 4 inch cubes laid out in a pattern when paving a street.

Duplicate of Kirchin022 slide.

A street paved in a pattern of Durax 4 inch cubes.

A duplicate of the Kirchin029 slide.

In a similar view to Kirchin001, two trucks deliver granite curbing for installation. Notice the two children on the right who have climbed up the fence to supervise.

This slide is labeled "halfway off" meaning the pavement has been partially removed in order to repave.  Streetcar tracks are clearly visible. There are several businesses in view.  One in particular is the Geo. W. Kirwan & Co.  According to a…

Granite curbing has been delivered for installation on a residential street.

The old way of delivering granite curbing. Tossed on the site of a muddy residential street. Zoom in to view two children getting ready to cross the street above.

Placing each slab neatly in its place by truck is the new way of delivering granite curbing. Notice the sign for the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene.  The signage actually helps date the photo.  The time period is between 1907 when the Pentecostal…

The durax blocks have been laid in the foreground and progress continues down the street. Location unknown, but same as shown in Kirchin027.  

A label on the slide described this as a view of the Roman Road.

This is a view of Haymarket Square from 20 Canal Street looking south in Boston, Massachusetts.  The photo was taken on September 17, 1917.  The street is in good shape, with streetcar tracks clearly visible.  The short building in the right…

This is the same view of Haymarket Square from 20 Canal Street looking south in Boston, Massachusetts as shown in Kirchin038.  This photo, however, was taken earlier - on July 20, 1916 - before roadwork was begun.  The street is in rough shape, with…

This is the view from 370 Albany Street looking south in Boston, Massachusetts.  The photo was taken on August 20, 1916.  The jagged cobblestones make it easy to see the road is in poor condition.  Google Street View of the same location.  View…

This is the same view from 370 Albany Street looking south in Boston, Massachusetts as shown in Kirchin040.  However, this photo was taken on September 17, 1917.  The street has now been nicely paved.  A clearer shot of the building in the right…

This is the view of Columbia Road from E. Cottage Street looking west in Boston (Dorchester Historic Neighborhood), Massachusetts. This photo was taken on September 17, 1917.  The street has been repaired and is smooth again.  Streetcar tracks bank…

This is the same view of Columbia Road from E. Cottage Street looking west in Boston (Dorchester Historic Neighborhood) Massachusetts as shown in Kirchin042. However, this photo was taken on August 20, 1916 before repaving began.  Google Street View…

This slide shows pavement with street car tracks on a bridge. Date and location unknown.

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According to the label on the slide, this is a view of State Street in Albany, New York. A horse drawn carriage is seen, as well as a street car making its way down the track. Several buildings that are in the view still exist.  Those include the New…

According to the label on the slide, this is a view of Gorham Street in Lowell, Massachusetts.  The slide was taken to record that the street was paved 7 grade and laid in 1912. Sadly, most of the buildings that are in the view no longer exist. …

This image is of a German Traction Engine.  The person standing with the machine might be a soldier.  The German Army in WWI was known to use traction engines to move heavy guns and equipment.

There is some faint writing on this slide that tells us this is a view of New York at Worth Street.  The photo is not dated but is probably close to 1917. The street is very busy with horses and wagons, as well as a few automobiles and at least one…

The slide label reads "A granite circle." Location and date unknown.

This slide has a label that reads "Hassam Block Pavement, Laid in 1910 by, Simpson Bros. Corporation Boston Mass." The city street location is unknown but most likely the northeastern U.S. What looks like a trolley platform is on the left and an…
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