The Boston City Archives have posted this digitized film reel from 1932, showing the work to widen Centre Street between VFW Parkway in West Roxbury and the Arborway in Jamaica Plain.
A DPW inspector made the film (look for the brief shot of William T. Morrissey, the engineer who later got a boulevard in Dorchester named after him); his son donated it to the West Roxbury Historical Society, which in turn gave it to the Archives.
Huzzah! David Finnerty ran across this Minuteman picking up an iced coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts near Faneuil Hall this sweltering Independence Day.
An honor guard at Logan Airport today welcomed home John MacDonald, a Somerville native and Allston resident, who, as a Marine, died on Nov. 20, 1943, during the first day of a battle to take the Pacific island of Tarawa. Read more.
The folks at the Boston City Archives have posted a photo of a truck used to deliver supplies to one of Boston's many fine nuclear fallout shelters in 1964. Can you figure out where?
Alert the Harvard Business School alumni association: The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company holds its annual leadership change tomorrow, and that means a march around downtown with frequent firing of muskets, with even more musket fire - and cannon fire - on the Common between 1 and 2 p.m. Read more.
Black Perspectives interviews Mitch Kachun, author of First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory, about Attucks, both for how he died in front of what is now the Old State House and the use of his memory in later struggles for abolition and civil rights. Read more.
While taking a little tour to the casino, we came across the old Anthony's Pier 4 barge - between Charlestown and the Everett power plant.
The Cambridge Historical Commission shows us what the new Longfellow Bridge looked like in 1908 - a couple years after it opened - as the Cambridge Bridge. Look at those gasometers in Kendall Square on the Cambridge side. Read more.
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