After World War II, the East Boston Traffic Tunnel, also known as the Sumner Tunnel, was often gridlocked - being the only direct car route between Boston Proper and East Boston. The photo is from a 1947 report by a rapid-transit commission established by the state legislature, and has this caption: Read more
City officials and local historians and residents gathered at the former Dana Avenue Bridge in Hyde Park this morning to officially rename it as the Grimke Sisters Bridge in honor of two 19th-century sisters who fought for both the abolition of slavery and for women's rights to vote - and who on March 7, 1870 led a march of women to Hyde Park Town Hall to vote in the town elections, the first time women voted in the US - although the town then discarded their ballots. Read more.
Hannah Spicher reports that among the people at the auction of interior stuff at Doyle's today were representatives of the Boston Public Library and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, who were photographing and cataloging items up for sale to create an online gallery of what would seen be going out the doors. Read more.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports that the remains of an American serviceman in a plane shot down over Romania during World War II have been identified as U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Joseph E. Finneran, 22, of Jamaica Plain. Read more.
J.L. Bell discusses the Revolutionary ties of Brighton butchers to the Continental Army - one family's meat warehouse was considered so important the army posted guards around it to protect against sabotage.
No, not John Quincy Adams, but Charles Adams. J.L. Bell is recounting Good Time Charlie's problems while attending Harvard. Why, at one pre-Thanksgiving feast, he was one of several students who were "extremely disorderly and riotous, making tumultuous and indecent noises, breaking the windows of the Hall, throwing the benches out of the windows into the yard &c."
Emerson Today recounts the history of the landmark building at Boylston and Tremont streets - and tells us who Little was.
Historian Walter Muir Whitehill said the Little Building was “the most glamorous office building of the era of World War I.” It was later dubbed the “The City Under One Roof,” as it housed 600 offices, 37 stores, a post office, a restaurant, and underground passageways connecting to the Boylston Street T station and the neighboring Majestic and Plymouth theaters.