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No. 210: Codman Square Reading Room
Postcard #210

Postcard. Caption on front: Dorchester, Mass. Codman Square Reading Room. Postmarked Roxbury Station, Boston, Aug. 24, 1909. With one cent stamp. On verso: Printed in Germany. Mason Bros. & Co., Boston, Mass. Another copy mailed at Dorchester Station, May 17, 1909.

 The building, still owned by the city of Boston, is now occupied by the Codman Square Health Center for administrative offices. The main reading room has been turned into a Great Hall for the use of community organizations.

Reader's comments:

From: "Fred Zusman" September, 2005

My family lived on Park and Norwell Streets from 1939 until 1944 (I was born in 1931). We used the Codman Square and Bowdoin Square libraries. The Codman Square Library had a dental clinic in the basement staffed by students from Tufts Dental School one day a week. My memories of it are so bad that it took almost 20 years before I would go to a dentist again.

From: Mildred Alpern, Nov. 29, 2005

I grew up in Dorchester (52 Wentworth St.) I lived there until 1953, when I graduated from Boston University. The library was a very special source for me as a youngster with its rich array of fairy tale books that fed my imagination and stimulated my love of reading.
Map: Scan of detail from 1910 Bromley atlas plate 24.
Modern image: Scan of photograph taken in 2001.
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Created: July 26, 2003   Modified: December 19, 2005