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By - 8/30/14 - 10:49 am

Boston Magazine reports the Bostonian Society is taking down the two symbols of British rule from the Old State House for repair.

By - 8/29/14 - 10:04 am
Mystery item at old Cocoanut Grove site

Phil spent some time the other day sidewalk supervising construction of Piedmont Park Square, which is rising above the site of the Cocoanut Grove disaster. Among the things he spotted was this wire-connector thing mounted on a basement wall.

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

By - 8/27/14 - 11:21 am
Old newsstand

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

By - 8/25/14 - 10:46 am
Construction in front of a co-op grocery store in Boston

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

By - 8/22/14 - 1:47 pm
USS Constitution in Boston Harbor

Jan looked out her office window this morning to see Old Ironsides returning from Castle Island after a salute of volleys.

The nation's oldest commissioned warship goes into drydock for two years of repairs in March.

Jocelyn photographed the Constitution from East Boston, on her way out to Castle Island.

USS Constitution

Ted... Read more

By - 8/20/14 - 12:06 pm
Old brick street in Boston

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

By - 8/11/14 - 7:04 pm
Mayor Walsh at revitalized Alvah Kittredge mansion

Mayor Walsh at Alvah Kittredge dedication. Photo by Bartlett Events.

City officials this evening formally dedicated the rebuilt Alvah Kittredge House, saved through the work of Historic Boston, which took ownership of the long-vacant early 19th-century structure on Linwood Street in 2011 and rebuilt it as five two-bedroom apartments.

By - 8/11/14 - 11:36 am
Lots of bales on an old Boston street

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo - and figure out what the deal was with all those bales. See it larger.

By - 8/11/14 - 10:36 am

Suffolk University will offer the History of Boston as a free online course starting Oct. 20, taught by Suffolk history professor Robert J. Allison.

By - 8/11/14 - 10:33 am

The Dig reports a Globe column on the history of the word "scofflaw" notes its Boston roots but uses the passive voice to avoid mentioning the role of the Herald in popularizing the word.

By - 8/11/14 - 9:28 am
Abandoned fallout shelter next to abandoned Tremont Street trolley tunnel

The fallout shelter's on the right.

Patrick Kineavy and Alex Lovejoy of the MBTA recently explored a long-abandoned fallout shelter next to an abandoned trolley tunnel under Tremont Street (the one you see on the right on the inbound platform at Boylston).

Imagine having to subsist on whatever's in this barrel:

Old food supplies
By - 8/6/14 - 1:02 pm
Old trolley now boarding

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

By - 8/4/14 - 4:22 pm

J.L. Bell reports a cannon that has been in the chamber atop the Bunker Hill Monument since the 1840s is being removed today for restoration. But it's unclear where it will wind up once it's spruced up, he writes.

By - 8/4/14 - 10:13 am
Mystery platform under construction in Boston

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

By - 8/1/14 - 1:10 pm
Tracks in Roslindale on South Street

At least in Roslindale, old trolley tracks never died - they just got covered over with asphalt. Tim Murphy noticed the tracks exposed on South Street for some utility work in front of Wallpaper City today.

In 1948, the tracks were still exposed all the time, as you can see in this Boston City Archives photo of South Street (taken from what is... Read more

By - 7/25/14 - 10:15 pm
USS Constituion and the Charles W. Morgan

Brian MacLean photographed the USS Constitution and the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in the world, currently here on a port call during its 38th voyage (more photos).

Copyright Brian MacLean. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 7/24/14 - 11:32 am
Bleak Boston street

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

By - 7/21/14 - 11:02 am
Old escalators at an MBTA station

Some of you might remember when escalators on the T featured wooden slats that were death on heels. The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this station and when the photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 7/17/14 - 10:35 am
Tollgate Inn

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

By - 7/16/14 - 9:57 am

J.L. Bell provides an account of "a large Serpent, or monster" spotted by Massachusetts sailors in 1780 (and he tries to figure out why one officer didn't mention it in his memoirs).

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