History

By - 4/23/19 - 10:58 am
A horse near some water in old Boston

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

By - 4/9/19 - 11:45 am
Street scene in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives write:

This photo was taken to document a city infrastructure project. Can you guess the project? When and where was it taken?

By - 4/8/19 - 9:09 am

New England Folklore recounts the life of Ann Hibbins, a 17th-century Bostonian whose downfall began when she complained about what she thought was shoddy work by a carpenter on her home. One thing led to another, and in 1655 she was convicted of witchcraft. The General Court, on which her husband had served before his own death (from natural causes), upheld the conviction and she was hanged on Boston Common on June 19, 1656.

By - 4/3/19 - 10:27 am
Boys and girls lining up in old Boston

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

By - 3/25/19 - 11:03 am
Street scene under an el in old Boston

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

By - 3/19/19 - 11:12 am
Guys being served at a counter in old Boston

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

By - 3/14/19 - 1:36 pm
Building in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene. The other side of the building.

By - 3/8/19 - 9:36 am

Aline Kaplan tells us about Jacob Sleeper and his eponymous street in Fort Point: President of the Boston Wharf Co., whose logo still details many of the buildings there, and a co-founder of Boston University.

By - 3/7/19 - 7:52 pm

The Jewish Journal talks to Debbie Cherry, president of Temple B’nai Israel, the last remnant of what was once Revere's large Jewish community - which she is now preparing for sale.

By - 2/25/19 - 10:56 am
House in old Boston

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

By - 2/25/19 - 9:24 am

UPDATE: Turns out there were two Cambridge listings, but one was under North Cambridge for some reason.

The Cambridge Historical Commission recounts the history of Bennett House in Porter Square, the one "tourist home" in Cambridge listed in the Green Book, which was a guide for black tourists in the Jim Crow era of lodgings that were open to them long before it became the name of a movie.

By - 2/18/19 - 8:51 am
Proclaiming a day for George Washington in 1800 by John Adams

On Jan. 6, 1800, our own John Adams, then serving as president in the nation's capital of Philadelpha, declared a national day of mourning for George Washington, who had died less than a month earlier. The date chosen was Washington's birthday - Feb. 22.

Massachusetts declared its own day of mourning for Feb. 22 that year as well: Read more.

By - 2/17/19 - 1:29 pm

Mayo Kaan, born and raised in Revere (he eventually became head lifeguard at Revere Beach), went to his grave in 2002 proclaiming he was the male model on which Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster based the Man of Steel (literally - click the link to see his tombstone). Read more.

By - 2/12/19 - 12:06 pm
Elevated crash in old Boston

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

By - 2/11/19 - 12:43 pm
Boat stuck on Lincoln Street in downtown Boston

Of all the absurdities of the Winter that Never Ended, perhaps none was bigger than the boat that got stuck on an iceberg at Lincoln and Summer streets downtown, four years ago today.

H/t Kristie Helms for the reminder.

By - 2/9/19 - 10:21 am

There's the one in 1872 that we know about. J.L. Bell recounts the Great Fire of 1760, which started in a brazier's shop.

By - 2/7/19 - 3:47 pm
City Hall cake

There was cake! Photo by Brad Squirrels.

Mayor Walsh, Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola and others gathered inside City Hall today to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Cake was eaten and reproduction pins were given out. Read more.

By - 2/1/19 - 4:14 pm
BayBank sign partially emerges in Somerville's Union Square

The Tokist spotted a blast from the past in Union Square: The partial re-emergence of a BayBank sign over an ATM.

Proof its customers were real go-getters: Read more.