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By adamg - 1/24/21 - 5:11 pm
The Pierce-Bliss House at 151 Adams St as it appeared in 1908.

The Pierce-Bliss House, 151 Adams St., in 1908. The well was behind this house.

The City of Boston Archaeology Program has compiled a history of the 25-foot-deep 19th-century well that suddenly opened up last month in Dorchester's Ronan Park: It provided water for the Pierce family, whose estate sat on the land that was later turned into the park. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 10:14 am
Dentists and kids in old Boston

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

By adamg - 1/18/21 - 9:35 am

Boston University holds its annual commemoration of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who earned his doctorate at BU, at noon.

The Museum of Fine Arts hosts "Voices on King" at 5 p.m.

By sfpd5812 - 1/17/21 - 1:55 pm

This goes back to the early to mid eighty's.
At the bottom of Revere Beach where rte 145 turns towards winthrop.
there is a rotary. At the time I believe it was under MDC territory.
In the center of that rotory was a rowboat filled with flowers.
can anyone find a photo of it? I have been unsucessful.

By adamg - 1/13/21 - 8:59 pm
Painted wall shows former home of Whittemore Caterer on Boylston Street

Nick Aldwin snapped this photo yesterday of 1270 Boylston St. in the Fenway, showing advertising for the C.C. Whittemore Caterer - a paint job that may have been hidden from site for more than 100 years as the building and the former garage that sort of got grafted to it next door went through decades of transformations, ending up as a series of clubs and bars. Read more.

By adamg - 1/12/21 - 12:31 pm

WBZ reports Gov. Baker yesterday signed off on a measure creating a commission to look at designing a less racist state seal, even if the current one is somewhat less racist than the original one, which showed the Native American with a thought balloon begging the English to come help him.

By adamg - 1/9/21 - 2:57 pm
Mayor Tobin at banquet for BC quarterback

Maurice Tobin at banquet for BC quarterback Chuckin' Charlie O'Rourke.

Assuming Marty Walsh is confirmed as Secretary of Labor, he'll join Maurice Tobin on the exclusive list of Boston mayors to serve in that post. Read more.

By adamg - 12/31/20 - 1:03 pm
Time ball atop the Equitable Building in 1881

Time ball waiting to be hoisted above Milk and Devonshire in 1881 (Source).

The annual ball drop in Times Square tonight is the vestige of what was once a network of daily time-ball drops in US coastal cities, including Boston, to help mariners calibrate their shipboard clocks - vital to determining their location once they were at sea. Read more.

By adamg - 12/30/20 - 9:36 am
Kids at tables in old Boston

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

By adamg - 12/29/20 - 3:07 pm

WBUR reports workers today removed that Park Square statue that, however, well intentioned it may have been when first cast, is still a statue of a half-naked Black man on his knees in front of a white man. It'll be put in a warehouse somewhere as the city figures out what to do with it - and what to replace it with.

By GLJr. - 12/21/20 - 8:56 pm

If not, who was the last?

What memories and locations come to mind.

"Asking for someone!"


By adamg - 12/18/20 - 9:57 am
Sugar Ray Leonard in 1984

The folks at the Boston City Archives have posted this photo of Sugar Ray Leonard at an event in Boston in 1984 and wonder if anybody can identify the guy he's with (they're really asking this time; they don't know). Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/20 - 9:46 am
State House in the snow in 1898

The Boston Athenaeum has shows us the Brewer Fountain and State House in a photo taken from the Common after a storm - in 1898.

By adamg - 12/13/20 - 10:47 pm
C. C. Whittemore Caterer at 1270 Boylston St.

The catering business in 1921, from the Architectural Forum. Compare to a more recent view.

Update: Century-old ghost of long gone Fenway caterer makes brief appearance on Boylston Street.

Photos of 1270 Boylston St. - and the neighboring and larger 1252-1268 Boylston St. - being torn down this week brought back memories of the clubs and bars that have used the space over the last few decades. Read more.

By adamg - 12/8/20 - 12:23 pm

Sammy Davis Jr. Live In Boston 1988

Dart Adams provides some background on Davis's performance with the Pops in 1988:

Sammy Davis Jr. first came to Boston's South End/Lower Roxbury as a child and lived there for years with his father and his "uncle" Will Mastin as part of the Will Mastin Trio.

By adamg - 12/8/20 - 9:54 am
May Day dancers

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. See it larger; here's another view of the dancers: Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/20 - 9:43 am
Ray Flynn, Santa and mystery guests

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can ID any of these folks posing with Ray Flynn and Santa. See it larger.

By adamg - 12/3/20 - 9:32 am

The Boston Sun details a recent hearing of the Boston Landmarks Commission on a proposal to replace a bench dedicated to Civil War veterans between Arlington and Berkeley streets on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Read more.

By adamg - 11/30/20 - 4:33 pm
A Boston mail trolley

Extended mail trolley in 1900, which carried both mail and riders. From the National Postal Museum.

As the 20th century approached, Boston was choking on its own success - its streets were just too crowded. Today, the Green Line is a reminder of the innovation it took to deal with the problem - the nation's first subway and all, opened in 1897.

But putting trolleys, and eventually longer subway cars, underground wasn't the only way Boston tried to overcome its over-clogged streets. Dedicated mail streetcars and pneumatic tubes also played a key, if ultimately just short-term, role. Read more.

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