Eighty years ago today, the failed experiment of Prohibition ended, ending scenes like this one - a Boston police officer with a raided still in South Boston.
Throughout Prohibition, news photographer Leslie Jones chronicled the ultimately futile efforts of lawmen to stem the tide of illegal booze. The BPL has a collection of his photos, including this one of federal agents dismantling... Read more
As an industrial and warehouse district, the areas along Fort Point Channel and the harbor have had more than their share of fires over the decades. The Boston Public Library has posted a number of South Boston fire photos by Leslie Jones, including this four-alarm blaze at the National Wool warehouse on Congress Street in 1913 (above) and a six-alarm fire in 1915:
Quite a bit, it turns out. J.L. Bell gives us a preview of a talk at Old South Meeting House this Thursday by Bruce Richardson on "Five Teas that Launched a Revolution."
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA., apparently has lots of hours of video of BCS "general meetings" - the big ones where leaders of the nascent PC industry, like Steve Jobs, would introduce "a new product or technology to the world's largest personal computer user organization." They're looking for financial help to digitize the recordings.
A fire that started in a downtown basement around 7 p.m. on Nov. 9, 1872, quickly spread and destroyed 776 buildings. Firefighters were hampered by the flu many of the horses that pulled fire wagons had come down with - and by the poor water pressure and bad zoning that Fire Chief John Damrell had earlier warned the city about.
Another mystery from the Boston City Archives: Where and when was this? See it larger.
Back in the good old days, like the 1890s, Boston voters had to be reminded to keep their tobacco and their hip flasks in their pockets. Also, women had their own voting instructions (but only for school-committee elections; they couldn't vote in other elections until 1920).