Don't we all hate a cold, windy day on a street corner in the city? A lot of lore has come from these days in our history. For example, a popular falsehood is that Chicago was named the "The Windy City" due to high winds in the area. While Chicago is a very windy city, its nickname came from politicians full of "hot air" when the city hosted both the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions in the same year.
This lady on the Boston Street corner is suffering from the wind that nearly blows her away, and so she is holding on to the building for support. With the advent of the highrise in American architecture, the tall buildings divert low winds down to the ground, thus causing these areas to be much windier. People in cities experience this phenomenon regularly and have been since the last quarter of the 1800s. it is almost comical watching people struggle with the wind until the winds become merciless and knock people off their feet.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.