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By adamg - 6/17/19 - 12:40 pm

Today is, of course, Bunker Hill Day. A couple years ago, Angry Staff Officer took a look at the military tactics used by both sides, including a key mistake made by Gen. William Howe on the British side that, he argues, led to the eventual loss of the entire Boston area.

By adamg - 6/10/19 - 12:27 pm
Coke and Royal Crown at Albano's

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By adamg - 5/20/19 - 5:25 pm
Where is this?

The State Library of Massachusetts has posted several photos that show construction work in various part of the state and that they're trying to identify. Several of them have already been IDed, but so far, not this one.

By adamg - 5/16/19 - 2:32 pm
Letter to the marquis

The US Attorney's office in Boston has begun the legal process to formally return a Revolutionary War missive from Hamilton to Lafayette to the Massachusetts State Archives, some 75 years after it was stolen by a worker there who was stealing and selling historic documents written by such authors as Washington, Franklin, Revere and Benedict Arnold. Read more.

By adamg - 5/11/19 - 9:41 am

Boston Magazine has a list of some interesting things about Old South Church.

By adamg - 5/9/19 - 10:37 pm

Boston Strafer Pilot

Jake alerts us it was 30 years ago tonight that a guy killed his wife, commandeered a small plane in Beverly, then strafed Boston for three hours - and flew under the Tobin Bridge.

By adamg - 5/8/19 - 9:04 am

New England Folklore recounts an incident on March 1, 1639, recorded by none other than Gov. John Winthrop, involving a "great light" floating over what is now the Boston/Brookline line that morphed into the shape of a pig before flying off in the direction of Charlestown.

By adamg - 5/7/19 - 12:16 pm
Dale's

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By adamg - 5/3/19 - 9:44 am

WGBH takes a stroll down Sesame Street, um, through Inman Square in 1970:

By adamg - 5/1/19 - 11:59 am
Boys in knickers in old Boston shop class

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By adamg - 4/25/19 - 8:39 am
Kenmore Square sometime before 1921

An almost bucolic Kenmore Square, sometime before 1921. Photo from the Boston City Archives.

A developer's plans to remake Kenmore Square won't be the first time the Boston crossroads gets a major makeover - and it probably won't be the last. Thanks to Digital Commonwealth, we were able to set the Wayback Machine way, way back to the days when Kenmore Square - Governor's Square in the old days - still had a fountain (built and maintained by the MSPCA) for thirsty horses: Read more.

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

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

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

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

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