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By adamg - 12/6/19 - 9:48 am

A. He has a wooden leg. The Globe's Emily Sweeney reports on the 1955 fall her grandfather took onto the tracks at what was then Park Street Under. Afterwards, he made the news around the world.

By adamg - 11/28/19 - 9:55 am
Gov. Hancock declares Thanksgiving

On Nov. 10, 1783, just ten months after British diplomats signed the Treaty of Paris, which recognized an independent United States, Massachusetts Gov. John Hancock issued a proclamation declaring "a day of Thanksgiving" on Dec. 11: Read more.

By adamg - 11/27/19 - 11:15 am
Entrance to Sumner Tunnel in the mid-1940s

North End tunnel entrance all clogged up. See it larger.

After World War II, the East Boston Traffic Tunnel, also known as the Sumner Tunnel, was often gridlocked - being the only direct car route between Boston Proper and East Boston. The photo is from a 1947 report by a rapid-transit commission established by the state legislature, and has this caption: Read more

By adamg - 11/20/19 - 11:17 am
Street scene in old Boston, featuring trolley tracks and Katz Pharmacy

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

By adamg - 11/16/19 - 1:20 pm
Angelina and Sarah Grimke

Angelina and Sarah Grimke.

City officials and local historians and residents gathered at the former Dana Avenue Bridge in Hyde Park this morning to officially rename it as the Grimke Sisters Bridge in honor of two 19th-century sisters who fought for both the abolition of slavery and for women's rights to vote - and who on March 7, 1870 led a march of women to Hyde Park Town Hall to vote in the town elections, the first time women voted in the US - although the town then discarded their ballots. Read more.

By adamg - 11/13/19 - 9:56 am
Street scene in old Boston with two young kids

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

By adamg - 11/9/19 - 1:00 pm
Big flag draped over Centre Street in West Roxbury to honor World War II flyer

Tim West was among those who gathered outside the Centre Street firehouse in West Roxbury, to honor 1st Lt. Joseph Finneran, of Iffley Road in Jamaica Plain, shot down in a raid over Ploesti, Romania in 1943. Finneran's remains were positively identified earlier this year and they were disinterred from an army cemetery in Belgium for permanent burial today in Mount Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury.

By adamg - 11/6/19 - 9:22 pm

Hannah Spicher reports that among the people at the auction of interior stuff at Doyle's today were representatives of the Boston Public Library and the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, who were photographing and cataloging items up for sale to create an online gallery of what would seen be going out the doors. Read more.

By adamg - 11/6/19 - 1:42 pm
A block in old Boston

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

By adamg - 10/31/19 - 9:18 am

Bearing Arms reports that the musket first fired by a colonial at the Battle of Bunker Hill recently sold at auction for $492,000.

An anonymous buyer snapped up the historical item after it was put up for auction by the family of Private John Simpson, which had held onto the Dutch Type III musket over the centuries.

Via Le Sabot.

By adamg - 10/20/19 - 1:48 pm
Finneran

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency reports that the remains of an American serviceman in a plane shot down over Romania during World War II have been identified as U.S. Army Air Force 1st Lt. Joseph E. Finneran, 22, of Jamaica Plain. Read more.

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.

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