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Denny Shay's Barroom

Late 1800's on the corner of Elm Street and Acushnet Avenue. Somebody once sang "Whiskey for the men and beer for the horses". I wonder if that applied here.

Israel Sher was holding the reins of the horse. Mr.Sher was a horse dealer and sold horses for a living. He was listed in the 1907directory at 402 Acushnet Ave.

This is reminiscent of the wild west, but New Bedford's waterfront bars weren't much less wild.

Bartenders with white shirts and bow tie (as if it was a high class place) are John Bohan and Fred Ling.

Dapper Denny Shay is standing with a flat top hat in the style of the day with his dalmatian resting comfortably on the floor. Nearby is Joe Barbosa and the other guys are unknown customers. Notice there are no visible stools or chairs. Gas lights above the bar and the middle of the room.
Click the picture below for a larger version to see details.

Denny6 Shay's Barrom -

Below is a 2011 map showing Acushnet Avenue and Elm Street
There is a parking garage and the Standard Times building etc. in that area.
The circle points out the area where the bar was.

Acushnet Avenue and ELm street -