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By adamg - 8/17/19 - 9:41 pm
Spirit in the Sky mural on Exchange Street in Malden

A roving UHub photographer captured the work on Exchange Street in Malden to create a mural of a hand releasing a rainbow into the sky, in honor of the release of "Spirit in the Sky." by Malden's own Norman Greenbaum, 50 years ago. Read more

By adamg - 8/12/19 - 11:37 am
Kids on seesaws in old Boston

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

By adamg - 8/7/19 - 11:35 am
Working on a statue in the old days

The folks at the Boston City Archives change things up a bit and wonder if you can place this photo that has nothing to do with Boston but might have something to do with Plymouth. Read more.

By adamg - 7/26/19 - 9:44 am

Richard Auffrey recounts the life of Ruby Foo, who was likely Chinatown's first woman restaurant owner - and who adopted the baby in a famous photo of the aftermath of a Japanese attack on Shanghai in 1937.

By adamg - 7/25/19 - 10:29 am
Old coal chute cover on East Concord Street in the South End

Back in the day, the homes of the South End and Back Bay were heated by coal - delivered through round chutes in the sidewalk outside their front doors. Read more.

By adamg - 7/24/19 - 10:36 am
Tracks in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives posted this photo, taken from a bridge over some train tracks and wonder if you can place it. See it larger.

And here's the bridge the photo was taken from: Read more.

By adamg - 7/23/19 - 9:45 am
Aftermath of Beach Street crash

The Boston City Archives has posted some photos of the aftermath of a crash on July 22, 1928 when a four-car elevated train crashed on a sharp curve at Beach Street and Harrison Avenue, killing two and injuring several others. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/19 - 11:51 am
Text of bill that would prohibit young women from entering Chinese restaurants unless accompanied by an older man

It was, looking back, not one of the prouder moments in Massachusetts history: In 1910, the state House of Representatives approved a bill to bar women and girls under 21 from Chinese restaurants, unless accompanied by an older, non-Chinese man, to curb the alleged opium-powered menace to white womanhood posed by crafty "Orientals." Read more.

By adamg - 7/17/19 - 11:18 am

The Boston Public Library announced yesterday it has digitized 90,000 pages of Boston tax records from 1780 through 1821, when the town of Boston became the city of Boston. J.L. Bell takes a quick look.

By adamg - 7/9/19 - 8:05 am

WBUR interviews Joseph Bagley, the Boston city archaeologist, who begins a dig in Chinatown, where he hopes to learn more about the city's early Chinese and Syrian communities.

By adamg - 7/5/19 - 11:14 am

In case you missed it, the leader of the free world gave a speech yesterday on the occasion of our independence Read more.

By adamg - 7/5/19 - 10:35 am

Richard Auffrey does some research, concludes the restaurant usually cited as the first probably wasn't, and introduces us to a Chinese band leader who may have opened the first, but then closed it because he liked touring with his band more.

By adamg - 7/1/19 - 10:42 am

The Cambridge Historical Commission recounts Helen Keller's life in Cambridge, where she attended Radcliffe after going to the Perkins School for the Blind and Cambridge School for Young Ladies.

By adamg - 6/25/19 - 11:06 am
Old el in Boston

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

By adamg - 6/18/19 - 10:53 am
Dilapidated old building in Boston

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

By adamg - 6/18/19 - 9:38 am
New monument to Stony Brook, creek that runs under the Arborway at Forest Hills

One of the finishing touches for the new Arborway roads at Forest Hills is this monument to Stony Brook, a Charles River tributary that now flows almost entirely underground from Hyde Park to the Charles, as Arborway chronicler Clay Harper shows us.

Stony Brook: Boston's Stygian river.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 12:40 pm

Today is, of course, Bunker Hill Day. A couple years ago, Angry Staff Officer took a look at the military tactics used by both sides, including a key mistake made by Gen. William Howe on the British side that, he argues, led to the eventual loss of the entire Boston area.

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