Linda Boss (left), owner of A-Boss Optical.
To the right is a portrait of her father Albert Boss, founder.
A-Boss Optical has been located at 938 Brookline Boulevard for over forty years,
offering quality frames, lenses and repairs at affordable prices.
Leo Demma and his wife Rose ran Demma's Market,
located at 934 Brookline Boulevard, from 1946 to 1985.
The Demma's Market butchers, shown in 1973, are John Seiler, Leo Demma and Dom
USA 1988 Olympic Women's Basketball Gold Medalist
Suzie McConnell-Serio (left)
and "Brother" George Gilfoyle, Brookline's most beloved honorary fireman.
Anna and Anthony "Nino" Rigano in front of
"Nino's Barber Shop" at 1011 Brookline Boulevard (left) and Angie Capuano
with his daughter Jackie in front of Angie's Barber Shop at 956 Brookline Boulevard
in 1937. The Riganos moved to
Brookline and operated their shop for over for over forty years. The Capuano family
moved into their building
in 1914. Angie became a legend in the softball community and later owned the
Brookline Young Men's Club.
Charles and Lois Haley, long-time owners
of Brookline Pharmacy, located at 502-504 Brookline Boulevard, where
the present CVS Pharmacy stands. The Haley's ran the drug store
for forty years, from 1946 to 1986.
Joe Chahine, the owner of Pitaland Bakery at 602
Brookline Boulevard, came to America from Lebanon in 1974 and
settled in Brookline. He worked for his brother George Chahine at Chahine Bakery. A
few years later he bought
the bakery. In 1990, the business moved to a new location on the boulevard and was renamed
Now a bakery, market, delicatessen and restaurant, Pitaland is one of the most successful
businesses on Brookline Boulevard and ships its bread across the country.
Michelle Trapolsi-Underwood, shown in 1978 and 2014,
began her Parks and Rereation career at the Brookline
Recreation Center at age sixteen. She spent the majority of her time in Brookline and
as Center Director from 2005 to 2014. She retired from Citiparks in 2017.
Al Quaill (left) of Brookline was a professional
boxer from 1934 to 1939. His record was 31-16-3 and at one time
was ranked as the #7 middleweight contender nationally. He often sparred
with Teddy Yarosz and later Billy Conn.
Later, he opened a gym on the Southside, where he trained a successful
team of amateurs. He later became
a local police officer and co-owner of Quaill's Cleaners. Al Quaill passed
away in 1967; On the right
is Tommy Zucco, a Brookline softball legend who also spent time as a wrestler
He worked as a security guard at South Hills High School for many years.
The interior of Blue Bonnet Bakery during the
Grand Opening in 1946. The bakery was owned by Laura Mae and
Gus Mantsch. Behind the counter is Lottie, who worked at the bakery until the day
For an interesting site with
memories of Brookline from the 1940s, visit The Short Cut, a page built by friends from the
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