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By - 4/21/17 - 12:48 pm
Empty playground in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives acknowledge the last mystery photo may have been a bit too easy, so have come up with this one - can you place it?

By - 4/19/17 - 11:09 am
Trolleys in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 4/17/17 - 10:44 am
Paul Revere in Charlestown

Gary Waldeck spotted Paul galloping through Charlestown this morning.

By - 4/16/17 - 10:25 am

J.L. Bell recounts the tale of the Wrentham Minutemen. Oh, they saw plenty of action - at local taverns - before finally marching up to West Roxbury, where they found a tory and took him to a patriot tavern at Centre and Allandale to figure out what to do with him (and then Bell leaves us hanging for tomorrow's account).

By - 4/12/17 - 10:46 am
Old building at Boston City Hospital

Today's mystery photo comes, as usual, from the folks at the Boston City Archives. But this one's different because they don't know the story of this building, either, and are looking for help to identify it.

Our own John Keith thinks he has the answer.

By - 4/9/17 - 7:16 pm
Where I-95 was supposed to go in Revere

Undead I-95 remains in Revere.

The unfinished northern half of the cloverleaf in Canton where 95 was supposed to head into Boston from the south is perhaps better known, but there's also the undone right-of-way where the highway was supposed to come out of Boston and smash through some marshes in Revere at Copeland Circle - which our own Cybah walked today.

By - 4/6/17 - 10:11 am
World War I recruitment poster

Today's the 100th anniversary of the formal American declaration of war against Germany. Within days, the National Guard began patrols of the Boston waterfront to guard against German spies - Boston being a key Atlantic port, of course.

Recruitment poster from the BPL collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 4/4/17 - 11:18 am
Small street in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 3/28/17 - 10:51 am
Doodle on old city document

The folks at the Boston City Archives report they recently ran across this doodle in the 1869 city tax records. Do you know what it represents? See it larger.

By - 3/21/17 - 11:18 am
One-horse carriage in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene involving a one-HP trolley. See it larger.

By - 3/19/17 - 1:47 pm
Asbestos applicator job posting from 1963

Brad Nailer was doing some work on a house in West Roxbury and came across some copies of the Globe and Herald from 1963.

Back then, help-wanted ads were segregated into two main categories: Male and Female: Read more.

By - 3/18/17 - 8:31 pm

Chuck Berry, who helped give us rock 'n' roll, died yesterday at his home in Missouri. Read more.

By - 3/18/17 - 9:04 am

Google "Loews Boston Common" and you get showtimes for the "Tremont Theatre," complete with the fancy old-fashioned spelling. As a bonus, you get a link to the Wikipedia page for the real "Tremont Theatre," which apparently was "a playhouse in Boston, Massachusetts, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries." Maybe it was at the same site? Probably just a weird Google Glitch, but maybe someone could shed some light.

By - 3/17/17 - 2:07 pm
Evacuation Day memorial

RoadTrip New England took in the Evacuation Day commemoration at Dorchester Heights this morning.

By - 3/17/17 - 9:51 am
German woodcut of the British evacuation of Boston on March 17, 1776

On March 17, 1776, with colonial cannon aimed at them from Dorchester Heights, the British troops occupying Boston evacuated the city. This 1776 German woodcut (from the Library of Congress) shows the British soldiers leaving for Nova Scotia, with only slight artistic license for the height of the hills surrounding Boston.

J.L. Bell quotes from the diary of a Virginia rifleman who was stationed in Roxbury at the time.

By - 3/14/17 - 10:28 am
Snowy day in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger.

By - 3/13/17 - 12:44 pm

The Boston city archaeologist livestreamed a dig in the crypt in the basement of Old North Church today.

H/t Josh G.

By - 3/13/17 - 10:39 am

The Boston Architectural College Library does the then-and-now with Marginal and Little Pearl in East Boston (which we discussed a couple months back).