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By adamg - 10/15/19 - 1:10 pm
Trolley station in old Boston

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

By adamg - 10/8/19 - 9:59 am

J.L. Bell discusses the Revolutionary ties of Brighton butchers to the Continental Army - one family's meat warehouse was considered so important the army posted guards around it to protect against sabotage.

By adamg - 10/2/19 - 10:03 am
A man in his bowler hat in the snow in old Boston

The folks at the City of Boston Archives wonder if you figure out where and when Mr. Bowler-Hat Man was photographed (hint: note the Boston boundary marker he's leaning against). See it larger.

By adamg - 9/22/19 - 3:59 pm

On Tuesday, the Brighton-Allston Historical Society hosts a talk on the history of newspapers in the neighborhoods and how residents can stay up to date in the online age.

Oh, yeah, I'll be giving that talk. It's open to the public and there'll be free refreshments. Starts at 7 p.m. at the Brighton Allston Congregational Church, 404 Washington St. in Brighton Center.

By JohnAKeith - 9/12/19 - 12:34 pm
Bobby Busnach by Anthony Lyons

Bobby Busnach, "street hustler and model", at 16. Photograph by Anthony Lyons

The Boston Globe is reporting today that photographer and "Gay Boston" chronicler Robert "Bobby" Busnach died earlier this summer. Read more.

By adamg - 9/11/19 - 2:12 pm
Labwork in old Boston

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

By adamg - 9/11/19 - 9:50 am

No, not John Quincy Adams, but Charles Adams. J.L. Bell is recounting Good Time Charlie's problems while attending Harvard. Why, at one pre-Thanksgiving feast, he was one of several students who were "extremely disorderly and riotous, making tumultuous and indecent noises, breaking the windows of the Hall, throwing the benches out of the windows into the yard &c."

By adamg - 9/9/19 - 2:09 pm
Chaos in the streets

Beginning around 10 p.m. on Sept. 8, 1919, members of the new Boston patrolmen's union started voting on whether to go on strike the next day. Read more.

By adamg - 9/6/19 - 9:55 am

Emerson Today recounts the history of the landmark building at Boylston and Tremont streets - and tells us who Little was.

Historian Walter Muir Whitehill said the Little Building was “the most glamorous office building of the era of World War I.” It was later dubbed the “The City Under One Roof,” as it housed 600 offices, 37 stores, a post office, a restaurant, and underground passageways connecting to the Boylston Street T station and the neighboring Majestic and Plymouth theaters.

By adamg - 9/4/19 - 11:12 am
Doc's Place, sometime after 1970

Doc's Place back in the day.

The Library of Congress's John Margolies Roadside America Photograph Archive includes a couple of photos of Doc's Place at the corner of Northampton Street and Harrison Avenue. Read more.

By adamg - 8/21/19 - 10:45 am
Ladies waiting for something, but what?

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

By adamg - 8/19/19 - 9:57 pm
One of the Boylston Street memorials for the victims of the 2013 Marathon bombers

The two Boylston Street memorials for the four who died at the hands of the 2013 Marathon bombers were formally unveiled tonight. Chris photographed them.

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.

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