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By adamg - 10/26/20 - 10:14 am
Kids in an unfinished sandbox

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

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 1:42 pm
Two guys at a workbench

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By adamg - 9/30/20 - 10:38 am
Climbing men

The folks at the Boston City Archives wonder if you can figure out what's going on in this picture, and when.

By adamg - 9/16/20 - 10:04 pm
Dukakis and White at Logan Airport

On Sept. 17, 1970, Boston Mayor Kevin White and Brookline State Rep. Michael Dukakis boarded a small plane at Logan for a campaign trip around the state during White's run for governor and Dukakis's for lieutenant governor. Read more.

By adamg - 9/8/20 - 12:58 pm
Frank Bellotti

Back in the day, politicians who'd won elections would often invite the press in the next morning to watch them bask in the glow of being a winner. Read more.

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By adamg - 9/7/20 - 11:33 am
An afternoon at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library

An afternoon at the South End branch of the Boston Public Library in 1931. From the BPL photo collection.

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By adamg - 9/4/20 - 10:00 am

Richard Auffrey continues his look at Boston's former Little Syria, today with a look at the final example of proof that it ever even existed - the Sahara Syrian Restaurant, the sign for which sill beckons the hungry more than 50 years after the place actually closed.

By adamg - 9/3/20 - 11:18 pm
World War I and Korean and Vietnam War memorial in Adams Park in Roslindale
Irving W. Adams

At one end of Adams Park in Roslindale Square is a mournful memorial to local service members who died in battle in World War 1, the sort of men we learned today the president scorns as "losers" and "suckers", men he's not even sure fought on the right side in that war. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/20 - 9:26 am

Richard Auffrey, who has been chronicling the history of Chinatown, turns his attention to the neighboring Little Syria, where thousands of Syrian immigrants once lived. If you haven't heard of it, it's because the tiny neighborhood was demolished to make way for the Southeast Expressway, in particular, the ramp down into Chinatown.

By vernonfarm - 8/31/20 - 9:47 pm

I've always enjoyed exploring Boston on foot, especially gardens and smaller roads. During the quarantine we've explored more of Roslindale, West Roxbury, Hyde Park and Mattapan than before. Everywhere we walk, we find unpaved roads. Read more.

By adamg - 8/27/20 - 10:23 am
Purple and gold Bunker Hill Monument

The National Park Service lit up the Bunker Hill Monument in purple and gold last night to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment.

By adamg - 8/25/20 - 10:23 am
Old Boston street scene with trolley

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

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 11:19 am
Locomotive on the Southeast Expressway

See it larger. From the BPL Brearley Collection.

Shortly before 3 p.m. on Aug. 21, 1969, a crew of Penn Central workers had just gotten three locomotives ready to haul freight from the Dover Street yard in South Boston to a yard in Albany, NY. The fuel tanks were full and the engines were on to await the "hostler," the yard engineer who would drive the locomotives over to the freight area to connect them to the cars for their trip. Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/20 - 10:16 am
Boiler on a flatbed in old Boston

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

By adamg - 7/23/20 - 10:19 am
By adamg - 7/17/20 - 9:30 am

Aline Kaplan provides some history on the Transcript Building at Washington and Milk, which was home to the Boston Evening Transcript in the days when Washington Street was Boston's Newspaper Row.

By adamg - 7/16/20 - 1:28 pm

J.L. Bell recounts the battle in 1775 between Abigail Adams and a tenant who was refusing to leave her Braintree house even as she was trying to make room for a family from Boston, which, as you might realize from the date, was at the front lines of the burgeoning Revolution - and while her husband John was in Philadelphia for the second Continental Congress.

By adamg - 7/15/20 - 9:57 am
Streetcar in old Boston

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