History

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).

By - 7/13/14 - 12:46 pm

La Bibliotequetress asks:

We want book suggestions for kids/YA coming to Boston for first time. History fiction or non fiction to read before trip?

By - 7/8/14 - 10:55 am
Higgins' Oyster House in old Boston

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

By - 7/4/14 - 1:46 pm
USS Constitution on July Fourth in Boston Harbor

Matt Conti watched the USS Constitution on her last July Fourth turnaround before three years in drydock for repairs. More photos.

By - 6/30/14 - 10:53 am
Construction work in old Boston

But which square, and when? The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo. See it larger.

By - 6/28/14 - 9:14 pm
Busing protest in South Boston

Southie Spots shows us the road in front of South Boston High School tonight - repainted for filming for the murdering-thug biopic (you may recall how said serial killer shot up the Globe for its support of busing).... Read more

By - 6/27/14 - 7:30 pm
Old trolley track and cobblestones in Cambridge

They just get covered over with asphalt until they pop up again when it's past time for the city to repave the roads.

Ari Ofsevit noticed part of tracks and cobblestones on Pearl Street in Cambridge, which last saw trolley service sometime in the 1920s.

By - 6/26/14 - 10:17 am
A triple decker in Boston on wheels

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

By - 6/23/14 - 10:57 am
G.E. Osgood

The where of this photo might be easy, but when was it taken? From the Boston City Archives.

By - 6/9/14 - 11:51 am
Mystery dirt piles in Boston

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

By - 6/9/14 - 10:54 am
Endicott and Lafayette in the North End

In some ways, the view down Lafayette Avenue from Endicott Street hasn't changed much since a photo in the Boston City Archives was taken some time between 1917 and 1920: All the buildings are the same - and even the fire escape on the building on the right has gone unchanged.

But, of course, there is one towering difference, as you can see... Read more

By - 6/6/14 - 3:56 pm
USS Constitution in Boston Harbor

Dan Senty watched the USS Constitution as it was guided out into the harbor to fire cannons off Castle Island to commemorate D-Day.

Kristie Helms headed over to Castle Island, where she also watched Old Ironsides and took in the display by some Minutemen:

By - 6/2/14 - 9:58 am
Mystery man

The folks at the Boston City Archives have posted a photo of a Boston block back in the day and ask if you can figure out where it was and when the photo was taken (see it larger). Normally, I'd post a copy of the entire photo, but I was struck by this guy hanging out in the shadows of a laundry.... Read more

By - 6/1/14 - 11:44 am
Then and now: Engine 30 on Centre Street in West Roxbury

In October, 1921, Leslie Jones traveled down to West Roxbury to witness the end of an era: The replacement of the horses that had long pulled Engine 30's fire apparatus with one of those newfangled motorized vehicles.

Nine decades later, the firehouse is still in use and is still home to Engine 30 (along with Ladder 25).

Photo from the BPL Leslie Jones... Read more

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