Shirley Temple in the Public Garden

Shirley Temple on the Public Garden bridge

The BPL has a collection of Leslie Jones photos of Shirley Temple's visit to Boston in July, 1938, including her walk through the Public Garden, where she took a Swan Boat ride.

As you can imagine, she was crowded pretty much everywhere she went:

Crowds waiting for Shirley Temple

Although the photos all show her smiling, it was not the best of trips for her: She was almost crushed by the crowd in the Public Garden. And in a visit later in the week to the Charlestown Navy Yard, her chauffeur accidentally slammed a car door on her hand, injuring three fingers.

Shirley Temple Black died Monday. She was 85.

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First , Gloria Winters ( the

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First , Gloria Winters ( the well-mannered niece, Penny King, in the 1950s-1960s American television series Sky King ) , then Annette Funicello , and now Shirley . Thanx for the memories , girls .

Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine
R. et lux perpetua luceat eis:
Requiescant in pace.

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Shady swans

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When did they take the awnings off the swan boats? I don't remember them being there in the 60s and 70s when I was a kid.

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On the hottest days

Awnings were still put on the boats in the hottest days when I worked there in the late 1980's. They acted like a sail and helped moved the boat a bit if the wind kicked up.

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