Tuesday, November 13, 2007

A Mid-Century Fixture

This advertisement comes from the Jamaica Plain Citizen, 1942. Carl Peterson was a fixture on Green street for many years. He was also one of a small colony of Swedes in Jamaica Plain. The Irish and the Germans were the major nationalities in Jamaica Plain during the post-Civil War years, but other nationalities should not be forgotten. My mother's parents were Swedish immigrants, and my grandmother had Swedish friends in the Danforth street area.

My mother tells me that Carl Peterson died on pnuemonia at a relatively early age. I suspect that years of laying under cars on a creeper did no good for his health.

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