Boston in the snow back in the day

Tobogganing in Franklin Park

The BPL has posted lots of photos of Boston in the snow in the old days, such as this postcard showing tobogganing at Franklin Park sometime in the early years of the 20th century.

Back in 1941, the city still used one-horsepower plows on the Common, as Leslie Jones showed:

One horsepower

In 1939, parents in the South End sent their kids out for sacks of coal:

Coal

Then, as now, snow often flummoxed public transit, but back then, you could still catch a trolley in Uphams Corner:

trolleys

In 1922, the National Guard stabled lots of horses behind the Commonwealth Armory on Comm. Ave.:

Horses

And in 1922, guardsmen weren't the only ones to still use horses. Like people, horses sometimes fell on the ice, like on Tremont Street:

Horse fall

1922 was a good year for skating on Jamaica Pond:

Jamaica Pond skating

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Excellent photos. But one thing...

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I noticed in the first photo the spelling of "toboganning."

I thought it should have two 'g's.

Just to make sure, I googled 'tobogan'...and saw the second google result from the Urban Dictionary.

I can't stop laughing.

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