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By - 12/18/14 - 12:21 pm
Sign shop in old Boston

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

By - 12/16/14 - 7:17 pm

All Lives Matter

BY Deb CH 2014

You may think I deserved to die
My family still will mourn, grieve, and cry

Do they have the right
Or just pretend I did not exist

Innocent victims in harms way
Never to live another day

Such a damn shame we say

Police running to save a life
Soldiers facing war and strife... Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 3:54 pm

Transit historian and Harvard University librarian Foster Palmer narrates the trip, with a brief stopover at Barry's Ledge, once a gravel pit, then a never-was driving range.

H/t Tim Murphy.

By - 12/16/14 - 12:20 pm

Matthew Burke writes how he tracked down the life of Pvt. Elmer Gorham, who served as a medic on the front lines in France - and how he found his unmarked grave in New Calvary Cemetery on the Mattapan/Roslindale line.

Now, Pvt. Gorham belongs to the ages, his name etched in stone along with his service during The Great War. It may fade with

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By - 12/15/14 - 10:22 am
Old street scene in Boston

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By - 12/10/14 - 11:24 am
Mansion in old Boston

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By - 12/9/14 - 11:26 am
Haymarket Square in 1909

The Boston City Archives has begun digitizing its collection of photos of Boston Elevated Railway photos, including a set showing construction of the North Station/Lechmere section, such as this photo of Haymarket Square on March 24, 1909.

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By - 12/4/14 - 2:07 pm
Trolley tracks in old Boston

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

By - 11/28/14 - 11:23 am

Entering Boston reflects on the transition from the old to the new Boston, as signaled by the demolition of the Orange Line el through Jamaica Plain and Roxbury, as highlighted through the lens of the photos in Dirty Old Boston:

What photos in Dirty Old Boston also bring back to mind is how many people would gather outside, for one occasion or another.

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By - 11/27/14 - 8:38 pm

We just gobbled up a story by Vermont Public Radio on 19th-century turkey drives in which turkeys were herded and marched from the Green Mountain State to Boston in time for Thanksgiving.

"We're talking about thousands [of turkeys] in each trip ... Up to 10,000," Peter Gilbert, chair of the Vermont Humanities Council, tells Vermont Edition. "One of the largest drives in the fall

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By - 11/27/14 - 10:47 am
Winslow Homer Thanksgiving print

Also notice that even back in the day, there was a kids' table. By Boston's own Winslow Homer for Harper's, 1858.

From the BPL's Homer collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 11/23/14 - 9:42 pm
Restored lion being lowered into place atop Boston's Old State House

Leslee watched the refurbished lion being re-installed atop the Old State House today - complete with a new time capsule.

Posted under this Creative Commons license in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.... Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 11:30 am
Trolley work in old Boston

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By - 11/17/14 - 7:30 am

Allen Morrison posted a copy of 16-mm footage of trolleys running from Maverick to Suffolk Downs in 1949.

H/t A.P. Blake.

By - 11/13/14 - 11:28 pm

WBZ reports school officials took action after parents complained.

By - 11/12/14 - 11:29 am
Old Boston trolley station

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By - 11/11/14 - 12:23 pm
John Parker

On this Veterans Day, Heather Parker remembers her ancestor, John Parker, commander of the Minute Men on that fateful morning on Lexington Green.

The coat of arms of all the Reserves today is the Minute Man, the statue of my relative Captain John Parker which faces the Lexington Common who played a prominent role in the first battle of the War for Independence opening

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By - 11/7/14 - 7:49 am

Paul Levy says farewell to John Winthrop Sears, a gubernatorial candidate and the last Republican to win a seat on the Boston City Council. He died on Election Day. Levy recalls an interview he did with Sears about his role as commissioner of the MDC - many of whose tasks Levy would later take on as head of the new MWRA.

I loved spending

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