The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene.
Fallout Five Zero, compiled on the 50th anniversary of public fallout shelters, in 2011, lists the locations of former fallout shelters in Boston and Quincy - some of which still have those fading yellow-and-black signs alerting the public where to take shelter in the event of an actual emergency.
Most would, of course, be fairly useless these days.
This film, by New England Telephone and Telegraph and the Massachusetts Commission on Public Safety, was released a couple months before Pearl Harbor.
Martin Luther King's connections to Boston are well known: He got his PhD in religion at Boston University while living on Mass. Ave. in the South End, met his wife here, later returned for a march from Roxbury to downtown.
The Library of Congress has this drawing of people skating in Jamaica Plain (and some who have plunged to the ice) in 1859 or thereabouts.
Thomas Lawson, a native of Charlestown, was not well liked on Wall Street back in the day. Lawson, who started working as a bank clerk after he ran away from home at 12, became rich as a speculator in copper stocks, but later tried to reform Wall Street, which, as you can see from this 1905 cover of Puck magazine, did not much appreciate the attention. Read more.
Atlas Obscura reports on a Harvard economics major who figured out new meanings for khipus - the knotted strings used by the Inca for record keeping that had long eluded detailed understanding by scholars.
Mayor Walsh today announced the beginning of a competition for an artist to design and build a memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr., who lived on Mass. Ave. in the South End while earning his doctorate at Boston University and preaching at the Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury and who returned to the city in 1965 to lead a civil-rights march from Roxbury to Boston Common. Read more.
If you really want to recreate the famous song, you'll have to cross over the Mystic River in Medford and head for the house that still stands at 114 South St. When Lydia Maria Child wrote the song, as part of the book, Flowers for Children, in 1845, she was recalling her childhood visits to her grandfather's house there. Read more.
As we all know, Bostonians rushed to Halifax, NS in 1917 after a massive explosion. Among them: Edward Allen, director of the Perkins School for the Blind. A number of the survivors were blinded.
The Perkins School has set up an online exhibit about the work by Allen and others to help newly blinded Haligonians. First, he had to overcome opposition from local eye specialists who resented "outsiders."
Walter Baker in Dorchester is normally the only chocolate guy people think of in Boston, but it turns out the North End had a chocolate maker of its own. The Old North Church reports it's won a $13,000 Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Chocolate History Research Grant from, yes, the maker of Mars Bars, to study the life of Capt. Newark Jackson, a parishioner who owned a chocolate mill and store in the North End back in Colonial days.
The church will also use the money to research colonial cacao trade routes.
Via J.L. Bell.
Today is the anniversary of the start of the Great Fire of 1872, which destroyed 776 buildings over 65 acres in downtown Boston (and which spread quickly in part because of the flu - which had stricken many of the horses that would otherwise have pulled fire engines to the scene).
The Boston Architectural College Library posted this drawing of the fire tonight (the fire started around 7 p.m.).
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