History

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

By - 9/10/14 - 10:26 am
Old hillside in Boston

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

By - 9/8/14 - 8:16 pm

Good Morning Gloucester reports the latest on what could be the remains of a a colonial-era ship uncovered on Coffins Beach.

By - 9/4/14 - 10:15 am
Trolleys, parade in old Boston

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

By - 9/1/14 - 1:57 pm
Labor Day parade in Boston's Park Square.

Leslie Jones photographed the Labor Day parade through Park Square in 1920, back when "Labor Day Parades were common."

Photo from the BPL's Leslie Jones collection used under this Creative Commons license.

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

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