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By - 8/31/15 - 10:47 am
RG Syndicate in old Boston

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

By - 8/27/15 - 11:12 am
Under the elevated train in old Boston

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

By - 8/21/15 - 4:48 pm
Hancock image

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (BPL) is hosting an exhibition, "We Are One, Mapping America's road from revolution to independence" to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the colonial resistance to the British Stamp Act.

This week, four new maps from the King George III Topographical Collection and other collections at the British Library were added to the exhibition. These maps are "one-of-a-kind", watercolor paintings in a beautiful 18th-century style. Read more.

By - 8/16/15 - 12:45 pm

Eric Moskowitz recounts the tale of the tenement that somehow survived the destruction of the West End.

By - 8/15/15 - 9:46 pm
Protest against the Stamp Act in Downtown Crossing, Boston

Andrew Oliver, appointed by His Majesty's Government to enforce and collect the stamp tax on all paper products, today announced his resignation from the position on the steps of the Old State House after a rabble of protesters marched his effigy around the town, put it on "trial," found it guilty and ripped it to shreds. Read more.

By - 8/14/15 - 10:55 pm
Liberty lanterns in Chinatown

Grace Holley took in tonight's commemorations of the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act protests on Essex Street in what is now Chinatown, which included these lanterns.

Johnmcboston also attended: Read more.

By - 8/10/15 - 10:26 am
Where in old Boston was this street scene?

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

By - 8/4/15 - 10:40 am
Guys in a factory in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on here, where and when.

By - 8/3/15 - 9:51 am

J.L. Bell alerts us to recreations of Stamp Act protests on the anniversary of them next week at the intersection of Boylston and Washington streets in Chinatown.

By - 7/31/15 - 1:17 pm
Bit of old newspaper found at Government Center MBTA station

The MBTA reports workers at the Government Center rehab project found remnants of a 1915 Boston Post behind an old door jamb.

Other, larger reminders of the station's past will be put on display: Read more.

By - 7/27/15 - 10:59 am
Kids in a field in Old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this old Boston scene.

By - 7/23/15 - 10:49 am
Scollay Square in Boston, where City Hall is now

Where City Hall didn't used to be. See it larger.

Between 1954 and 1959, urban planner Kevin Lynch took hundreds of photos in Boston and Cambridge to help show how residents build up a sort of mental map of what their city is like. The MIT Libraries have posted 1,900 of his photos. Read more.

By - 7/22/15 - 12:12 pm

Historic New England has release the final documentary in Justin Goodstein's series about the long-running market as part of its Haymarket Project.

By - 7/18/15 - 11:32 am

Today's the anniversary of Kevin White's 1972 call to police in Warwick, RI to convince them to release the Stones - who'd been arrested for a scuffle the night before - or there'd be a riot at the Garden, where 15,000 fans were waiting for them.

Photo of White on the stage at the Garden, telling fans the Stones had been busted, but that he'd just freed them and they were on their way.

By - 7/15/15 - 12:10 pm

The Library of the Royal Irish Academy wants to identify the people in the photograph below. Please contact the Library if you recognize any of the subjects. The Library can be reached via Twitter @Library_RIA, or by email at www.ria.ie/library/contact, citing "8 May Photo Query Tweet."

If more information regarding the location, subjects, time, et cetera, of the photograph become available, I will update this post.

By - 7/15/15 - 10:55 am

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

By - 7/6/15 - 12:05 pm
Waifs and urchins in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on in this photo and when and where it was going on. See it larger.

By - 7/4/15 - 12:07 pm
John Adams in Quincy

Seems our second president would have preferred July 2 as Independence Day, although that would have deprived us of that story about him and Jefferson both dying within hours of each other on the national holiday.

David Parsons captured the Adams mural in Quincy.

Copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/2/15 - 7:13 pm
Entering Boston, incorporated 1822

Most of the time, when you enter Boston, the signs say "Est. 1630." But when you enter Charlestown on Broadway from Everett, the signs say "Inc. 1822," which, while not inaccurate, since they refer to when Boston was incorporated as a city, just seem kind of odd.

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