Kenmore Square, 1928.
Complaints about traffic in Boston are nothing new. Even in the 1920s, news photographer Leslie Jones was capturing local traffic jams - and the accidents that often caused them. Here are some from the Boston Public Library's Leslie Jones collection (click on photos to see larger versions).
In 1924, the SS Leviathan moored at a South Boston pier. People flocked to see it; Jones reported "an angry crowd" of jammed motorists:
Summer Street, 1924.
Some things do change: We're unlikely to see a jam like this on Washington Street downtown:
Washington Street, 1932.
The Back Bay had its problems back then as well:
Dartmouth Street at Boylston, 1925.
Even in pre-Smoot days, the Harvard Bridge was often jammed:
Harvard Bridge, 1923.
Then, as now, traffic often ground to a halt because of accidents. One difference, though: Bystanders flocked to accidents to gawk - traffic was as likely to be stopped due to the large number of pedestrians checking things out as by the actual wrecks:
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