[Update: Thank you to everyone who ID'd this as Boston, not NYC. My apologies; post will be deleted]
Look closely at the left side of the 1905 postcard photo, and you can see the sign: “McDonald’s Restaurant.”
Hmm, could this humble-looking eatery have any idea that in less than seven decades, a different McDonald’s would start taking over the city?
The first McDonald’s franchise opened at 215 West 125th Street in 1973, reports this New York magazine piece, and now, there are more than 74 just in Manhattan.
What I’m calling the original first McDonald’s, the one in the 1905 photo, appears to be on Upper Broadway; according to the store owner who sold it to me, it’s 72nd Street and Broadway.
But the kiosk looks so different. Can anyone positively ID it?