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Keeping up with the news used to be more of a communal thing

An afternoon at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library

An afternoon at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library in 1931. From the BPL photo collection.

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It was how you stayed warm in the height of the Depression, Winter time. You had to be reading some material in order to stay around and suck up the heat. Two men are hiding their faces from the camera. A lot are reading the papers, only way to keep up with the news not having the funds to buy them. My Old Man always used to say that the skid-row bums always preferred the Boston Globe during the Winter because the editorials had "more weight" than the Boston Traveler.

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That was how you found out about available jobs - want ads.

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Few people remember when the word jumble was a competitive team sport.

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This looks like a much larger place than the current South End branch library.

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