History

By - 10/22/14 - 11:30 am
Evil Eye in old Boston

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

By - 10/22/14 - 11:02 am

Seth Barnett, lawyer for the company that owns the now closed Blue, Inc. on Broad Street, came prepared to a Boston Licensing Board hearing today: He figured somebody would ask why his client would want to name the replacement restaurant after the Broad Street Riot.

And, indeed, board member Milton Wright asked what the deal was with wanting to name the place Broad Street... Read more

By - 10/20/14 - 10:49 am
Old tenement building in Boston

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

By - 10/15/14 - 1:07 pm
Old river photo in Boston

But where and when? The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place the photo. See it larger.

By - 10/3/14 - 10:36 am

And what better place for it than the Greenway? Not because the 1919 sticky death flood happened there, but because the Greenway is where all memorials are supposed to go these days (and the state is seeking proposals for what to put atop Big Dig ramps).

By - 9/30/14 - 11:20 am
Old Boston train station

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

By - 9/26/14 - 11:01 am

The interior tour starts at 1:00.

The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports on a class project at Wentworth to scan in photos of both the exterior and interior of James Michael Curley's house at 350 Jamaicaway - which is owned by the city but which is almost never opened to the public.

By - 9/24/14 - 12:07 pm
Mysterious old machinery in Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what this thing did. See it larger.

By - 9/22/14 - 12:55 pm

Fort Hill History takes note of the Roxbury Russet - a type of apple first grown in Roxbury, back when it had apple orchards. See where you can find them now - and the cider they are good for.

By - 9/22/14 - 10:52 am
Roxy Dress Shop and elevated railroad in Boston

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

By - 9/18/14 - 11:55 am
Mustache man in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what happens when he pulls the rope. See it larger.

By - 9/17/14 - 10:49 am
From old Boston town report

Back in the day, the land south of Charlestown used to be known as Shawmut. Then the Puritans got sick of the mosquitoes and lack of water in Charlestown and moved south and decided on Sept. 17, 1630 to call their new home Boston, in honor of the town in Lincolnshire where they'd come from.

The oldest document still in possession of the Boston... Read more

By - 9/16/14 - 7:52 am

Justin H. Goodstein-Aue and Historic New England's Everyone's History project are chronicling the four seasons at Haymarket. Here, they interview longtime vendors and customers.

By - 9/15/14 - 11:00 am
Old orange trolleys in Boston

Yes, it's orange-trolley day here on UHub. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 9/15/14 - 10:12 am

Tim Murphy gives us a look at Packards Corner in the 1940s, when you could still take a trolley from downtown to Watertown Square, back in pre-MBTA days.

Imagine how bad this area would be today if there were still no traffic lights?!

By - 9/14/14 - 11:09 am
Lion taken down from Boston's Old State House

The Bostonian Society took down the lion and the unicorn from the Old State House today for renovations. Jocelyn was there to watch them cage the lion, no doubt to make sure he didn't escape and try to re-assert his royal authority over the colony.

By - 9/12/14 - 12:35 pm
Tremont Street plaque where you can see Old North Church

This plaque is embedded in the sidewalk on the Tremont Street side of the Parker House. It's easy to miss - who looks down while walking down that particularly busy sidewalk? - but once you see it, you just know you have to stop and take a look.

And for years, your view was, in fact, of Old North Church, just to the left of... Read more

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