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Long lost Curley Desk still lost, except in photos

Curley at his desk

The Boston Public Library has posted a ton of photos by Leslie Jones of James Michael Curley as mayor and governor, including this one of him sitting at his fabled desk at what is now Old City Hall in 1933. City Hall panjandrums have long wondered what happened to that desk.

Other photos show him posing with people such as Honey Fitz, Johnny Kelly, FDR, Father Coughlin, Aimee Semple McPherson, General Pershing and Richard Byrd. He's captured fishing in Jamaica Pond, throwing out the first ball at both Fenway Park and Braves Field, posing as an Indian chief, holding a snowshoe, being inaugurated as governor, visiting the Brockton Fair. His car is shown after two crashes. There's a picture of his son Francis with his pet monkey (and, of course, the photo of Curley with a hat-wearing zebra).

When the mayor packed heat:

Curley and gunCurley and gun

Photos from the BPL's Leslie Jones collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

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There is no one Curley desk. He used many over the years. I have little doubt that one Curley desk went south to the Cape decades ago, but it's probably not this one.

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