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  • This is great. I remember sometime in the late 80s, early 90s taking a writing class at Brown in the summer. It was for kids. I was probably 10 or 11. During one class the teacher took us on a walk down Thayer street. As a kid from West Warwick, that was like stepping out onto...
    Michael Griffin on Thayer Street (from Bowen to Waterman)
  • They had a photo booth there and we have photos we took there after our wedding that we used to get a Hostel pass for our honeymoon in Europe (1981).
    Karen McAninch on Downtown Bonanza Bus Terminal
  • (via Facebook) the photo booth! This was the common hub to and from Providence hardcore shows in the 80s, I still have pics of me and Cindy Holt from that photo booth!
    Heather Jean Toupin on Downtown Bonanza Bus Terminal
  • I’m so glad I found this. I thought I was imagining that I actually saw The Three Stooges at the park! We went often as we lived in nearby RI. Many happy memories.
    Deb Cabana on Crescent Park
  • I was born on Harris Avenue near Olneyville and have many memories of the area. Both my parents worked at Atlantic Mills. Father was a Weaver and Mother was a Carder. After the mill closed and the mills moved to the South where the cotton was grown, it later turned into a larg...
    Ken Barthelette on Atlantic Mills
  • I drove up to the store yesterday, because I saw they had moved into the smaller space on the right. It was about 3 in the afternoon, and they were closed. I looked inside and I saw only appliances. I did go awhile ago when it was still open in the larger space. It’s pretty mu...
    Carl W. on Apex Department Store
  • Not very much if anything is said about the big bands that played the Alhambra Ballroom. I know because I was in most of them. I played the trumpet and also worked at the Colonnade right next too the ballroom.
    Bob Cary on Crescent Park
  • I grew up in R.I am my life and still here. I remember weekend trips to Newport with Nana & Grandpa in the’re old Ford Crown Victoria. They had 2 of those cars over the years, a dark brown one and an Ocean State grey one, with an AMC Concorde in between. I would love going ove...
    Timothy Thurber on Jamestown Verrazzano Bridge (the old one)