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Memories: Chestnut Street

This photograph of Chestnut Street in the 1920s was taken from Union Square looking towards Willow Street. The Norwich Fire Department Central Headquarters is located on the left around the corner. Most of the buildings on the right are gone today. The second building, on the right, housed Cooley’s Weekly, Franklin Press, Norwich Evening Record and Pullen Publishing Company. The second one-story building was Automotive Service Company and Betting Battery Company. The next building was Ring Brother’s Autos and Williams Brother’s Plumbing, followed by M.A. Barber, Machinist. The tall building in the background was the J.B. Martin Velvet Company. On the left is the back of Broadway Church.

Ken Keeley has published 12 Norwich pictorial history books of Norwich. He can be reached at


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