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By adamg - 7/20/21 - 11:14 am
Senior in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this photo of Boston seniors at a city-sponsored event. See it larger.

By adamg - 7/19/21 - 4:24 pm
J. Edgar Hoover's note about an informant in the Brooke investigation

J. Edgar Hoover asked about the reliability of informant T-22 in the Brooke investigation.

On April 8, 1954, Helen Brooke wrote a plaintive letter to Mamie Eisenhower, one mother to another: Was there anything the First Lady could do to get her son, Edward, unclassified as a "security risk," so that he could get the job as assistant US attorney in Boston the Justice Department had offered and then rescinded after an FBI investigation concluded he had consorted with Communists? Read more.

By adamg - 7/13/21 - 9:56 pm
Dressed up like old time bathers at Revere Beach

BD Riccio captured a trio of Revere Parks and Rec workers today helping to celebrate Revere Beach's 125th anniversary as the nation's first public beach.

By adamg - 7/9/21 - 10:17 am
Street scene in old Boston, with horses

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

By adamg - 6/29/21 - 10:10 am
C.M. Pray hardware store in old Boston

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

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By adamg - 6/25/21 - 11:54 pm

Four workers died and 30 were injured when 2000 Commonwealth Ave., near Chestnut Hill Avenue, collapsed during construction on Jan. 25, 1971. Some photos.

The entire structure was torn down the next year and replaced with the building that still stands today as a BC dorm.

By adamg - 6/22/21 - 9:08 am

J.L. Bell has spent the past few days rebutting the story that the Royal Welch Fusiliers may have lost the Battle of Bunker Hill but gained a goat that had wandered into the battle.

By adamg - 6/19/21 - 10:33 am

Lovely Hoffman "Juneteenth" Official Music Video

Lovely Hoffman sings about the holiday, and Boston's connections.

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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.

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