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What do you do with 1,000 photos of James Michael Curley?

The Jamaica Plain Historical Society recently purchased some 1,000 negatives chronicling the life of James Michael Curley between 1934 and his death in 1958. They turned them into photos, digitized them all and posted them on Digital Commonwealth.

Photo posted under this Creative Commons license.

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The rascal king's downfall came in the year 1949 when he lost to John Hynes. The major issue was the fare hikes immortalized in the theme song by progressive candidate Walter O'brien called 'CHARLIE ON THE MTA'

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Baker is a governor, not mayor of Boston. Most of the state's voters aren't even paying attention to the T's tribulations. Baker's "base" in particular are suburbanites who probably at most drive by a CR station every once in a while.

In Curley's day, the "T" was the MTA, an agency of the City of Boston, not the MBTA, a state-level agency it is nowadays. A fare hike effected everyone who would be voting for the City's mayor, and the Mayor could campaign on, and do something about, a fare hike.

Nowadays the T is neither under the control of Boston, at all, nor directly under the control of the Governor, nor do his voters particularly care. It's the quintessential example of an unelected and unaccountable government bureaucracy completely out of the control of the citizenry. Affecting the T through the voting booth would involve replacing enough state representatives and senators that they would then pass legislation altering how the MBTA is run or when and how they can hike fares.

Oh, wait. We tried that. And the MBTA responded by having their lawyers reinterpret the law the State House passed to effectively nullify it.

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Alternate title: "What do you do with 1,000 photos of "Himself?"

In sharp contrast to "What will Yancey do with 1,000 photos of himself?"

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for preserving Boston history.

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You can support the Jamacia Plain Historical Society by visiting their web site at http://www.jphs.org and signing up for their event calendar and/or becoming a member.

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that poster. It is wicked cool. So much history, plus Deco.

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The Boston Globe - Late again:

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/04/17/trove-curley-photos-come-hom...

...unless this is a different collection from what Adam described about 11 weeks ago

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