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By adamg - 4/9/21 - 10:33 am
Queen Elizabeth, Kevin White and Prince Philip

Photo from the Boston City Archives.

In 1976, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Boston as part of her tour of the former colonies on the 200th anniversary of that unpleasantness. Then, as always, the prince had to walk behind the queen, and, in this case, behind even Kevin White, on a tour of City Hall (he's walking with Kitty Dukakis). In addition to marveling at all that brutalist concrete, the queen and the prince got to enjoy cake.

By adamg - 4/8/21 - 9:08 am

J. L. Bell has a series of articles up on Owen Richards, one of His Majesty's customs agents, who was tarred and feathered on May 18, 1770 for seizing a schooner for smuggling - and then paraded around town for four hours:

A court filing in January 1771 stated he “lost his Cloaths, Money, and Papers to the Amount of near £20 st[erling]. And in order to satiate their abandoned Brutality, they set fire to the Feathers as they stuck in the Tar, upon his naked back.”

By adamg - 4/5/21 - 9:54 am
Kids on play field in old Boston

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can place this scene (which, yes, was in Boston). See it larger.

By adamg - 3/31/21 - 9:39 am

Lisa Johnson writes that while going through some photos at her mother's house, she came across one showing her father, a Boston school teacher, with Mayor Kevin White in City Hall in 1971. And that got her to thinking about Boston political history - and her dad.

By adamg - 3/29/21 - 10:43 am
Train station 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 - 3/27/21 - 11:21 am

The man Copley Square is named for is better remembered as a painter, but J.L. Bell reports on the one time he drew a political cartoon, about the Stamp Act.

By adamg - 3/25/21 - 11:08 pm
Cockeyed Parrot on Washington Street in Roslindale

Update, Friday morning: And just like that, the sign is covered over again.

For several decades now, the space next to the convenience store on Washington Street across from Washington-Beech has been a laundromat. It's getting remodeled, though, and today it returned to its days in the 1960s and early 1970s, when it was a discount clothing store, with a '60s-style sign that was never taken down, just boarded over. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/21 - 9:52 am

Vanshnookenraggen maps every single Boston-area subway expansion proposal since the 1890s - some of which got built, and some, like extending what is now the Blue Line from downtown to Brighton, didn't.

By adamg - 3/13/21 - 11:14 am

Set some time aside for Cynthia Yee's reminiscences of life as a young girl in Chinatown in 1958, trying to navigate between two different worlds:

I spoke Taishanese, a country dialect from southern China, like a Chinese peasant girl. But I wasn’t. I was a city street urchin from Boston, United States of America. Don’t let my face mislead you. A Boston accent crept into my English, and into my Taishanese, too. I spoke Chinese with a Boston accent.

By adamg - 3/10/21 - 1:02 pm
Clothes lines in old Boston

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

By adamg - 3/8/21 - 10:42 pm

Thanks to ever vigilant reader Charles Bahne, we know that the ruling in the Legal Sea Foods decision today was issued by none other than Judge Nathaniel Gorton. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/21 - 9:23 am

Hibernian Hall 100th Anniversary Video Dudley Square Roxbury 1913 - 2013

The Madison Park Development Corp. looks at the history of Hibernian Hall in Nubian Square, which opened its doors in 1913 and which continues to serve the community around it, initially Irish-American, today Black.

H/t Citizen. Coping.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 2:30 pm
Old cars and tracks in old Boston

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

By adamg - 2/15/21 - 9:10 am

The Cambridge Historical Commission recounts Lincoln's visit to Cambridge on Sept. 20, 1848, to give a speech in support of that year's Whig ticket of Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore.

By adamg - 1/31/21 - 4:20 pm
Paul Dudley White shoveling snow

On Jan. 10, 1957, a news photographer captured Dr. Paul Dudley White, then 70, shoveling snow along what looks to be Storrow Drive, where, later, a 17-mile bike and pedestrian path would be named in his honor. Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/21 - 10:20 am
Boston street scene

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

By adamg - 1/24/21 - 5:11 pm
The Pierce-Bliss House at 151 Adams St as it appeared in 1908.

The Pierce-Bliss House, 151 Adams St., in 1908. The well was behind this house.

The City of Boston Archaeology Program has compiled a history of the 25-foot-deep 19th-century well that suddenly opened up last month in Dorchester's Ronan Park: It provided water for the Pierce family, whose estate sat on the land that was later turned into the park. Read more.

By adamg - 1/19/21 - 10:14 am
Dentists and kids in old Boston

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

By adamg - 1/18/21 - 9:35 am

Boston University holds its annual commemoration of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., who earned his doctorate at BU, at noon.

The Museum of Fine Arts hosts "Voices on King" at 5 p.m.

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