History

By - 9/20/18 - 8:58 am

Aline Kaplan recalls the days when the Boston area was full of Pewter Pot Muffin Houses.

By - 9/10/18 - 11:01 am
Old Glory in Old Boston

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

By - 9/2/18 - 9:15 am
Payphone on Belgrade Avenue in Roslindale

What appears to be a still functioning payphone remains mounted on the wall and trapped in time on Belgrade Avenue, near Walworth Street (we didn't try to make a call because neither of us had anybody we wanted to talk to at the moment).

By - 9/1/18 - 10:18 pm
Old sign uring a vote to create the city of Mandela.

Jenn reports she got a glimpse of what appeared to be an old campaign sign behind some drywall in her attic, decided to take a look and then wondered what it was all about. Read more.

By - 9/1/18 - 9:57 am
Moving a house in East Boston

The Boston City Archives have posted a couple of photos from Sept. 13, 1950, when somebody decided they had to move a house in East Boston, from 408 Frankfort St. to 2 Milton St. (which no longer appears to exist). Read more.

By - 8/29/18 - 8:53 pm

Atlas Obscura introduces us to Daniel Fireside of Somerville, whose hobby is looking for unusual manhole covers (something we, of course, would never do - well, not often).

By - 8/28/18 - 10:59 am
School kids in old Boston

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

By - 8/27/18 - 8:14 pm
Aboard the receiving ship at Commonwealth Pier in Boston

Sailors working out at Commonwealth Pier during the Great War. Source.

In August, 1918, Commonwealth Pier - today's World Trade Center - was a bustling place, with hundreds of sailors arriving there to await their permanent assignments for the "Great War" that the US had entered the year before.

Sometime on Aug. 27 or 28, two sailors reported, yes, flu-like symptoms. Read more.

By - 8/26/18 - 3:09 pm

In 1925, Boston Commonwealth Airport (it had not yet been named after Gen. Edward Lawrence Logan) consisted of four hangars and one runway - which was enough for the biplanes that still used it - as shown in these photos taken by Fairchild Aerial Survey of New York. Read more.

By - 8/21/18 - 12:21 pm
Historic block and lady in old Boston

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

By - 8/20/18 - 10:09 am
Stony Brook tunnel being dug through solid rock

Turning Stony Brook into an underground river in 1888. Source.

Boston was in the middle of one of those winter thaws we always seem to get: From a low of -7 on Feb. 5, the temperature shot up to 55 on Feb. 9, National Weather Service records show. On Feb. 10, with the temperature still a relatively balmy 40, rain started around 7:45 a.m. And then it kept coming. Read more.

By - 7/28/18 - 10:56 am
Proposed routes of West Roxbury Parkway in 1894

Three possible routes for a West Roxbury parkway. See it larger.

In the mid-1890s, city officials began looking at connecting the new city-owned Emerald Necklace parks with the giant Blue Hills Reservation the state Metropolitan District Commission was putting together just south of the city and the town of Hyde Park. Read more.

By - 7/22/18 - 1:00 pm
Workers resurface High Street in Charlestown in 1947

After his appointment as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Charlestown, the Rev. Wolcott Cutler took and collected more than 1,000 photos chronicling life in the neighborhood, including this shot, in October, 1947, of workers resurfacing High Street. Read more.

By - 7/19/18 - 9:38 am

Maureen Rogers recalls Fred's Video on Charles Street, in the days before Netflix and streaming and stuff:

When you went on weekends, Fred’s - a tiny little place to begin with - was always crowded. Nabbing a movie before someone else got their hands on it always gave you a little feeling of triumph.

By - 7/17/18 - 9:53 am
Big old house in old Boston

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

By - 7/11/18 - 11:27 am
Old house with outdoor laundry in Bostonh

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

By - 7/10/18 - 11:39 am

Widening a parkway in West Roxbury and Jamaica Plain

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.