History

By - 4/19/14 - 1:40 pm

1938 British Pathe newsreel on that year's Boston Marathon.

By - 4/18/14 - 7:42 pm

Starting at 8, the Paul Revere House will be "livetweeting" Paul Revere's ride.

Alas, poor Dawes, never gets as much credit.

Welcome to Dot suggests:

RT if by land, Favorite if by sea.

Via Beta Boston.... Read more

By - 4/18/14 - 10:16 am

J.L. Bell fires grapeshot at the notion that the Battle of Lexington supposedly started with a verbal volley in which a Redcoat commander demanded the Minutemen put down their arms in the name of George III, the sovereign king of England and a minster retorted that "We recognize no Sovereign but God and no King but Jesus."

Besides the fact that none of the... Read more

By - 4/18/14 - 9:24 am
Trolley at Devonshire Street in Boston

A.P. Blake reminds us that on this day in 1924, the predecessor of the MBTA shut the trolley line between downtown and East Boston for 50 hours to convert it into what we now know as the Blue Line.

The Boston Street Railway Association posted this photo of one of the old trolleys at Devonshire (late renamed State).... Read more

By - 4/12/14 - 10:41 am

Calendar of Patriots Day events - some this weekend. The list is, however, missing the annual re-enactment of the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes.

By - 4/10/14 - 10:28 am
Old tracks

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when and where this photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 4/6/14 - 5:07 pm
Norumbega tower

The Norumbega tower. See it larger.

Horsford

When you're rich, people listen to you. And you get to build monuments to wacky ideas with no proof behind them.

You can see proof of that at the far end of the Commonwealth Avenue mall, where a Romanicized version of Leif Erikson forever peers towards the Charles River and the Common - and in a small byway off River Road and South Street... Read more

By - 4/5/14 - 3:43 pm
Old town-line sign at Needham-Dedham border.

Old town line sign. See it larger.

Get off 128 at Great Plain Avenue and head towards Dedham and you'll see what looks like a driveway just before the Dedham line.

It's actually the remains of an old road, one that now dead-ends at the soon-to-be-expanded 128. Park by the gate, and you'll see the old town-line signs. Look down toward the river and you'll see an official boundary stone (like ... Read more

By - 4/5/14 - 9:12 am

Today's the anniversary of the 1926 arrest of H.L. Mencken on the Common for selling a magazine considered obscene by the local group that banned things in Boston. The charges were dismissed the next day and Mencken won a lawsuit against the Watch and Ward Society. The group's influence continued through 1982, when the position of city censor was eliminated.... Read more

By - 3/29/14 - 9:16 am

The East Boston Times-Free Press reports on the impending closing of Al's Shoe Store, where the Wein family has been outfitting the feet of East Boston since 1924.

By - 3/28/14 - 9:12 am
Royal Arcanum in Boston

Boston is home to several insurers, but they all have pretty boring names - except for the Supreme Council of the Royal Arcanum on Batterymarch Street downtown.

It sounds like some sort of fraternal organization, which, in fact, it is, but one that exists primarily to provide burial benefits and insurance to its members.

A Boston doctor, Darius Wilson, founded the... Read more

By - 3/26/14 - 7:27 am

Mike the Mad Biologist ponders days of yore, when most Englishmen and their Bostonian cousins would have rhotically parked their cars in Harvard Yard, if they'd had cars to park there.

By - 3/24/14 - 12:07 pm
Old classroom

The folks at the Boston City Archive wonder if you can place this photo. The date will be easy to spot if you see the larger version (and note all the other writing on the blackboards), but where?

By - 3/23/14 - 8:23 pm
Government Center MBTA station under construction

The current Government Center bunker, um, T stop went up in the early 1960s as part of the transformation of Scollay Square into Government Center.

In the photo above, from Boston City Archives' Government Center photo set, note the parking lot where Center Plaza would go across Cambridge Street. In this view, you'll see the answer to the chicken-egg question of... Read more

By - 3/19/14 - 10:55 am
Curved Boston road

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out when and where this photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 3/17/14 - 9:13 am
Boston from Dorchester Heights

This view, from 1838, shows the rather commanding position Dorchester Heights had over the town of Boston, so when Henry Knox got his Fort Ticonderoga cannons up there, the British really had no choice but to flee.

BPL photo posted under this Creative Commons license.... Read more

By - 3/14/14 - 11:44 am
Telephone operator

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell when and where she had her picture taken. See it larger.

By - 3/14/14 - 6:34 am
Old Pi Alley in Boston

Today's 3/14, and what better place to celebrate Pi Day than in Pi Alley?

It looks like back in 1914, the celebrating was mostly done indoors.

Photo from the BPL collection, used under this Creative Commons license.... Read more

By - 3/9/14 - 8:41 am
Wary Redcoat in Boston

Arturo Gossage attended the recreation of the Boston Massacre outside the Old State House last night.

Boston Massacre Historical Society.

Copyright Arturo Gossage. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 3/6/14 - 12:11 pm
Trolley terminal

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can tell where this trolley station was. See it larger.

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