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By adamg - 6/15/21 - 9:41 am
Construction site in old Boston

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

By adamg - 6/11/21 - 10:50 am
USS Constitution moves into Boston Harbor

Adam Castiglioni watched the USS Constitution leave its Charlestown dock for a harbor tour and 21-gun salute to honor people who cared for us and kept us safe during the pandemic.

By adamg - 6/11/21 - 10:29 am

Richard Auffrey tells their story - at first driven by the fact that discrimination meant there were few other jobs available to Chinese immigrants here.

By adamg - 6/2/21 - 10:22 am
Union House and other buildings in old Boston

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

By adamg - 5/31/21 - 11:08 am
Boston and New York Civil War veterans gather on the Common to commemorate Memorial Day in 1886

On Memorial Day, 1886, Civil War veterans from Boston and New York gathered at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common. Read more.

By adamg - 5/25/21 - 12:40 pm
Kids on swings in old Boston

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

Bonus hint: Here's another photo from the same playground, taken the same day: Read more.

By adamg - 5/22/21 - 12:08 pm
Brooks beats Sumner

No, not Jan. 6, but May 22, 1856, when US Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina beat US Sen. Charles Sumner of Massachusetts with a gutta-percha stick on the floor of the Senate, after Sumner had insulted the family honor by declaring that Brooks' uncle, a South Carolina senator, had a mistress, "the harlot, Slavery."

By adamg - 5/17/21 - 12:41 pm
Stitching things in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives report this photo comes from one Boston department's annual report. Can you place the scene?

By adamg - 5/14/21 - 10:33 am

The Ephemera Society of America has an overview of the sign work of Vincent Zarrilli, who made hundreds of black-on-yellow stencilled signs protesting what would become the Big Dig, along with the "Dukakis Artery rats" he said would flood the city during construction, and promoting his alternative for a "Bay Bypass" - basically a double-decker bridge across Boston Harbor, from Dorchester to Charlestown. Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/21 - 9:05 pm
Storrowing in Roxbury in 1906

The folks at the Boston City Archives found an example of storrowing roughly 45 years before Storrow Drive was built: A cart driver who storrowed on trolley wires under the Washington Street el at Guild Street in Roxbury at 11:45 a.m. on May 12, 1906.

By adamg - 5/12/21 - 2:30 pm
Thank-you letter from Mrs. Peabody

You never know what you'll find just lying or blowing around the streets of Boston. Take this thank-you note, written by Toni Peabody, or, as she was known more formally back in the day, Mrs. Endicott Peabody (or perhaps even Mrs. Endicott "Chub" Peabody), i.e., she was married to the governor of the Commonwealth. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 1:07 pm

WGBH posted a news clip from 1985, when the driver of an out-of-state moving van executed a perfect storrowing: Jammed his truck under a bridge, which peeled the roof off his truck and left stuff scattered all over the road: Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/21 - 12:34 pm
Scene in old Boston

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

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 11:51 pm
Park Front Road in 1924

1924 map showing Park Front Road, via Leventhal Map Center's Atlascope.

WCVB reports that residents who have always thought they lived on West Roxbury Parkway near Weld Street woke up this week to find new city street signs IDing their street as Park Front Road and now they're having trouble getting deliveries, so they've resorted to putting up paper signs reading "West Roxbury Parkway." Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/21 - 11:28 am

A group of ten citizens - six of whom live in the same West End building - last week sued the Boston Landmarks Commission as part of a bid to save three buildings left over from the destruction of the West End that Mass. General wants to raze so it can build a 14-story clinical center along Cambridge Street. Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/21 - 9:15 am
Boston-area Belarusians protest Putin and Chernobyl

Today is the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, which showered nearby Belarus with fallout. On Saturday, a group of Boston-area resident of Belarusian descent marked the anniversary - which and to call for an international probe of conditions at a nuclear plant in Ostrovets in Belarus

By adamg - 4/24/21 - 10:36 am

The Guardian looks at the history of the book, which started in the Boston area: The clitoris, pain and pap smears: how Our Bodies, Ourselves redefined women’s health.

By adamg - 4/22/21 - 9:29 am
Old Filene's sticker

Tim Lawrence reports:

My parents were cleaning the attic and found my old sticker album. This random blast from the past was in it. Fi-leens or Fill-eens? (always was Fi for my family!)

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