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By adamg - 5/17/22 - 10:39 am
Rushing for a trolley in old Boston

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

By adamg - 5/16/22 - 5:58 pm

Guy Fieri set up one of his restaurants in the old Masonic Building on Tremont at Boylston, you know, the one with the signs warning you about hollow sidewalks and the large old Mason's Lodge logo done in tile that's been there for decades. Guy Fieri thinks his mug, and his need for workers, is more important, though, so he's wheat-pasted a garish help-wanted ad right over it.

What the mosaic used to look like.

By adamg - 5/15/22 - 5:40 pm

VietnamPlus reports Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh visited the Omni Parker House on May 14. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/22 - 11:04 am
Horse-powered streetcars in old Boston

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

By adamg - 5/10/22 - 12:05 am
Bostonopoly game

Cat Queen reports she was packing up her father's house when, up in the attic, she uncovered this old Bostonized Monopoly game - which you could probably date just by the BankBoston logo. Read more.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 10:15 am

Adam Balsam presents the evidence that the skinniest house in Boston was originally part of a larger two-family house in the early 1870s, but, in story that would not sound unfamiliar today, decided to try to carve a third unit out of the property.

He's also created a skinny-house chronology.

By adamg - 5/5/22 - 11:02 am
Tremont and Park streets in 1843

In 1843, William Sharp created this lithograph of a Boston street scene, specifically, Tremont Street, looking past the Park Street Church and Boston Common on the right.

From the BPL arts department. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By adamg - 5/2/22 - 12:02 pm
Hot chocolate for sale in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo (street name blurred out, natch). See it larger.

By adamg - 4/27/22 - 1:56 pm
Mural in moss at Jamaica Pond boathouse

The Mayor's Mural Crew's usual medium is paint on cement, but to honor Frederick Law Olmsted's 200th birthday, it turned to a material he probably knew well: Moss.

The crew outfitted the gazebo at Jamaica Pond with something he wrote: Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/22 - 2:18 pm

In a new report out today, Harvard University acknowledges a history that included being run by slaveholders right from the start: Read more.

By Neal - 4/22/22 - 8:43 pm

No, not that Big Dig, an earlier one one. This one, described by some as The Incredible Ditch was completed a long, long time ago. Of course you don't remember it, no one today does, so Burlington Retro's Rob Fahey fills us in on the history of the Middlesex Canal.

By adamg - 4/18/22 - 11:38 am
Dawes and horse warm up

Dawes and horse warm up before leaving John Eliot Square.

William Dawes returned to the First Church of Roxbury this morning, for the first time since before the start of the pandemic, to ride off to Lexington and Concord to warn the colonists that the Redcoats were on their way. Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/22 - 3:32 pm

Associated Press reports Jody Kipnis and Todd Ruderman yesterday bought 125 Tremont St., a three-story building across from Park Street, with plans to turn the building into a Holocaust museum, which would be separate from the Holocaust Memorial along Union Street near Faneuil Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 4/4/22 - 10:51 am
Woman wins color TV for naming a Logan restaurant

Going through her mother's stuff, Jessamyn West found the following clippings from the early to mid 1960s, when her mother won a contest to name the swanky new restaurant going into the Logan Airport control tower. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/22 - 9:33 am
Old building in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out where this building was (and, yes, they marked out the street name). See it larger.

Note: Because of the vagaries of the software here (specifically, the "see it larger" module), the above only shows about half the building. Here's the full photo: Read more.

By adamg - 3/21/22 - 1:49 pm

The Boston City Archives have been poring through Boston voter records from 1920, when women could legally register to vote in Boston for the first time, and tells the story of some of the women from Lower Roxbury and the South End listed on the rolls who worked as cherry pickers helping to make boxes of chocolate-covered cherries at the United Drug Co. factory on Leon Street - now part of Northeastern University's campus.

By adamg - 3/15/22 - 10:27 am
Rendering of 1905-1911 Centre St. proposal

1905-1911 Centre St. rendering.

Developer Gary Martell told residents last night that if the city gives him the parking lot at Corey and Railroad streets for his latest condo proposal, he'll gladly give up the decaying old Gilmore place and the small brutalist former bank next door on Centre Street so that residents can try to turn them into a history-oriented community center. Read more.

By adamg - 3/6/22 - 12:39 pm

Peter Muise of New England Folklore reports on a trip to the Central Burying Ground on the edge of the Common along Boylston Street.

By adamg - 3/5/22 - 1:34 pm
Burning trees to kill moths

In the 1890s, Massachusetts residents fought the caterpillars in part by burning infested trees.

The Entomological Society of America has decided to rename the tree-munching menace formerly known as "gypsy moths" as "spongy moths."

By adamg - 2/26/22 - 2:56 pm
Old Seymour's sign in Port Norfolk

Seymour's, maker of Nutty Buddies and other cold treats, was based at Dorchester's Port Norfolk. They're long gone (closed in the 1980s), but as Justin Thompson shows us, their sign is once again visible from at least the northbound side of the Expressway. Read more.

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