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Gilded Cage

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you know where and when this was taken. See it larger.

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    Location of Photo

    It is on Boylston Street in the Combat Zone sometime between 1960 (age of Rambler car on right) and January 1966 when the Paramount Hotel (visible through the truck window at left) exploded with some loss of life, (+/-) 9 people. I can't read the year on the license plate.

    Amazingly, the Plymouth Hotel next door was not damaged.

    These appear to have been SRO hotels with permanent occupants as well, perhaps,as the kind of short term guests on might expect in the Combat Zone.

    It was reported in national newspapers at the time.

    Origin of the name "combat zone"

    A series of articles in the Globe in 1995 debated the origin of the term "combat zone" as used to describe this area. They ultimately determined that it "got its name from a 1964 series of articles in the former Boston Record-American, detailing rampant prostitution and crime."