6 Main Street
A Mythical Place

The bandstand at 6 Main Street before the Black Shadow Vincent's arrival.

Museum Established in Acton

Archives and Antiques rescued from 6 Main Street (A Mythical Place)

     When Sandy went west to work in Hollywood on Warner Brothers 50th Anniversary Silver Screen History, greedy realtors manipulated their way into 6 Main Street, and ordered all the treasures within to be tossed into the Concord Dump. Tim Smith, aka Tim Tuba, roused the faithful and much of the priceless memorabilia was rescued. Throughout the years some of Sandy’s property has accreted back to his residence in Acton and is being re-organized into this web site and now a museum called “6 Main Street”. Its content and program will be put up on Sandy’s web page, honoring the Concord Junction Golden Redeemer Jazz Band and those who make it immortal. 

                                                  
Call: 978-266-9552 or email kaliflowa@hotmail.com with information leading to materials for the museum or web site.

 

Six Main Street, with its plethora of unique props, often served as a background for fashion shoots. Many of the antiques that Sid and Sandy collected over the years have been returned by the faithful who saved them from being stolen or thrown-out.

(anyone who can identify the models in these pics should contact Sandy at kaliflowa@hotmail.com, and the propor recognition will be added.)

The Studio was on the 3rd floor of this building, probably built around the time of the Civil War. The 3rd floor was a dance hall floored with birch, so it made an excellent home for the CJGRJB. At the time it was the tallest building in Concord, whose Firemen always refered to it as " Top Of The Town"...usually shaking their heads at its mentioning. In the 15 years that we occupied 6 Main Street, we were able to put out all our own fires.

     This was the Awards wall of 6 Main Street. The award presented to the CJGRJB for its commanding role in the Carnival of Boats is in the frame at top. The long photo of the three World War aircraft is beneath. Just above and to the left is a frame holding some of the medals; purple hearts, etc. awarded to Uncle "Musty" who was gassed at Verdun.
     We called this wall the Disaster Wall. In the center is dirigible Shenandoah which ended in disaster in Ohio. At the bottom is the Titanic with smoke coming out of its rear (phoney) funnel. At the upper left is a hunk of prop from one of the WW1 DeHaviland bi-wing fighters that John Macone cared for when he was in the Signal Corp...later to be known as the US Army Air Corp, Appropriately surrounding this grizly memorabilia are photos taken of visitors to 6 Main Street who failed to keep rocking 'till sun-up. They were called the "Fallen Heros".
This was an ancient still that we failed to get operational...though we tried. The vertical object to its right was a patent model of a self governing elevator. The painting in the background was from Sandy's father's garage on Lowell Road, circa 1920's. He was the first Chryler dealer in America. The poster, a personal family treasure, was outright stolen from Six Main Street...a rarity considering how many people passed through our doors in the many years they were open to the public.
     Here is a partial view of the extensive library that resided at 6 Main Street. Just about everything Trad was available in the form of 78's and LP's. The sheet music of every pop song from the turn of the century to 1950 was included in bound leather vo;umes. Beneath are a few of the hundreds of recordings that were made during the 20 years that 6 Main Street was secure.
     Here was the "business" end of the saloon. It also served as the blackjack table that Mildred Paperman ran when the joint was jumping. Two barrels of draft beer were cooled and lodged beneath, pouring forth from the coffee urn in the corner. The mirror and clock piece was the original time table from the railroad station at Concord Junction.
     Sid and Sandy ran a very successful business of technical photography that was the backbone of the madness that prevailed daily for ten years at Six Main Street. This was the "layout room", adourned with posters of old movies. Deanna Dorn's forehead reveals the handle of the refrigerator where the film was stored.
     This is a mural made from a shot that Sandy & Sid made at their office at Jacob Wirth's pub in Boston. The waiter's name is Whitey. The clarinet hanging above was bent so with one swipe to the side of Old Yellar. It didn't work any better by the quick adjustment.
Another view of the layout room, the design area for Alessandro Macone, Inc.; specialists in technical photography whose work paid for the CJGRJB's beer. Its sunlit contenance looked down on Concord Center.
     Here's the heart of our existence at Six Main Street...the band stand. Shown here without the band (an unusual view), Old Yellar reveals the christmas lamps that bounced in time to the rythmn from within. The beautiful paintings by jazz artist Dick Freniere where hung everywhere thoughout the studio. He was enthusiastic about the band and very generous with his talents.

 

     Sid Morton's Black Shadow Vincent motorcycle hangs from the ceiling above Reg and Sandy...and a worried guest. The occasion was Reggie's 50th Birthday celebration. Some of the guests complained about oil leaking down on the spaghetti supper that was featured. What great moments in Time!

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