History

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.

By - 7/4/18 - 10:59 am
Minuteman picking up a Dunkin' Donuts iced coffee

Huzzah! David Finnerty ran across this Minuteman picking up an iced coffee at a Dunkin' Donuts near Faneuil Hall this sweltering Independence Day.

By - 7/4/18 - 10:24 am
Reading the Declaration of Independence in Boston

The first ever reading in Boston. Image from the National Archives.

On the afternoon of July 18, 1776, Col. Thomas Crafts walked out onto the balcony of what was then called Town House and read a declaration that had been signed by representatives of the 13 colonies two weeks earlier in Philadelphia. Read more.

By - 7/3/18 - 11:38 am
City Hall Plaza with a fountain in 1973

The National Archives has a collection of photos, taken in 1973, of the waterfall and fountain that once gurgled on City Hall Plaza, in a sunken area off Cambridge Street, near the JFK federal building. Read more.

By - 6/24/18 - 7:15 pm
Digging a tunnel under Boston Harbor for a trolley line

Back at the start of the 20th century, boring a tunnel took a lot of hard, manual labor - you still needed big, burly men to hack away at the rock. The BPL has three sketches of men at work digging a tunnel for a trolley line between downtown Boston and Maverick Square ... Read more.

By - 6/21/18 - 6:18 pm
John MacDonald's remains at Logan Airport

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.

By - 6/19/18 - 4:20 pm

I remember some details but not a lot.

By - 6/19/18 - 12:21 pm

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

By - 6/7/18 - 10:11 am
Delivering fallout survival supplies

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?

By - 6/4/18 - 12:15 pm
Where was the Gahm Building?

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

By - 6/3/18 - 9:35 pm

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.

By - 6/1/18 - 10:44 am

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.

By - 6/1/18 - 9:26 am
Anthony's Pier 4 barge

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.

By - 5/31/18 - 12:50 pm
Longfellow Bridge in 1908

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.

By - 5/31/18 - 9:30 am
19th century Baker's Chocolate ad card

Baker's Chocolate ad card from the late 19th century.

The Dorchester Reporter recounts when the world of chocolate centered on Dorchester Lower Mills - and Walter Baker's chocolate works on the Neponset River.

Image from the BPL collection. Posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 5/30/18 - 11:54 am
Donovan and Leary

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

By - 5/29/18 - 12:52 pm

while on a little exploration to see the new casino we found the Anthony's Pier 4 barge anchored between Charlestown and the Everett power plant.