History

By - 12/11/18 - 10:57 am
Horses in the snow in old Boston

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

By - 11/30/18 - 11:05 am
Old Black Angus on Boston street

The Chevy billboard gives away the rough date of this photo, but the folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out the street where this photo was taken. See it larger.

By - 11/26/18 - 7:34 pm

The BBC revisits the history of Watch City, a.k.a. Waltham, the city that made time regular.

Well, except for Ashland, a.k.a. Clocktown (the high-school teams are the Clockers), named for the factory that made the world's first electric clocks, as designed by Henry Ellis Warren.

By - 11/22/18 - 9:48 am

The Quincy House hotel, at the corner of Brattle Place and Brattle Square, had this cover printed for its Thanksgiving dinner in 1899 (from the New York Public Library collection). Read more.

By - 11/14/18 - 9:00 am

With Redcoats firmly ensconced in Boston 250 years ago, they weren't going to tolerate major infractions among troops - such as desertion. J.L. Bell recounts the execution of Pvt. Richard Eames of the 14th Regiment on the Common for desertion.

By - 11/13/18 - 9:54 am

The Tufts Observer recounts the university's long history of taking opium-linked money, from donations from a member of the Cabot family to the building named after the couple who gave us OxyContin.

By - 11/11/18 - 12:03 am
Back Bay Armistice celebrations

One hundred years ago today, people all over the Boston area stopped what they were doing to celebrate the end of the War to End All Wars. Read more.

By - 11/8/18 - 10:51 am
Trolley station in old Boston

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

By - 11/4/18 - 12:40 pm
Gilchrist's at the corner of Washington and Winter streets in downtown Boston

Marion Trikosko captured the scene at the intersection of Washington and Winter streets, looking towards Tremont Street in what we now call Downtown Crossing, one August day in 1964. Gilchrist's is now the Corner, Albert's is an AT&T store.

From the Library of Congress's collection of Boston photos and drawings.

By - 10/23/18 - 12:31 pm
Fire in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can date and place this photo of a well known Boston fire.

By - 10/22/18 - 11:11 am
Von Braun, Arthur Fiedler and Ellen Fiedler

On March 23, 1963, Arthur Fiedler and his wife Ellen visited with Werner von Braun at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL. Read more.

By - 10/17/18 - 1:31 pm
The Lovells Island Oil House

Built in 1903 the Lovells Island Oil House is the last remaining fragment of it's kind in Boston's Harbor. https://northendwaterfront.com/2018/10/friends-of-boston-harbor-islands-... Tells more about the Oil House and our story can also be found https://plus.smilebox.com/play?g=52ce2462-23ab-4406-9787-122bb909953b&sb...

By - 10/14/18 - 11:06 am

J.L. Bell brings us back 250 years to a Boston under occupation.

By - 10/10/18 - 10:58 am
Old building in old Boston

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

By - 10/6/18 - 10:56 am
Redcoats on a ship in Boston Harbor

Shortly after 9 a.m., more than 100 of His Majesty's troops disembarked from rowboats and one sailing ship at Long Wharf to assert control over the increasingly agitated city of Boston - exactly 250 years after the same thing happened in colonial days. Read more.

By - 9/30/18 - 3:01 pm
British soldiers disembarking on Long Wharf

Soldiers disembarking on Long Wharf in 1768. See it larger.

Some 250 years ago today, ships carrying British soldiers to a restive Boston moved into the inner harbor in preparation for landing. This coming Saturday, modern-day re-enactors will step off a boat at Long Wharf, march to Boston Common and begin the city's occupation all over again. Read more.

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

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