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August 11, 2014

18 Interesting Vintage Photographs That Capture Everyday Life in Boston, Massachusetts in the 1920s

Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston. Alternately, as a Combined Statistical Area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth-largest in the United States.

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the Siege of Boston. Upon U.S. independence from Great Britain, it continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture.

Here's a collection of 18 vintage photographs from the Boston Public Library that capture everyday life in Boston during the 1920s.

Mounted cop in action on Tremont Street

Capt. Bernard J. Hoppe of the Boston Traffic squad.

Snow bound car in Boston

Street car tie up 1920, when fares were 5 cents with no transfers as seen on the side, Commonwealth Ave.

Police officer helps woman through blinding snow during coldest blizzard to reach Boston

Old-fashioned snow blizzard, Boston. Coldest snow blizzard at its height on Tremont St.

Revere Beach crowd

Arlington Street traffic

Biggest snow blizzard in 22 years causes narrow gauge train to turn turtle at Beachmont. House with barn is 104 Washburn Ave., Revere.

Workers at the Jamaica Plain Post Office, 71 Green Street, near Cheshire Street

Baseball crowd at Soldiers Field, Harvard Stadium

The widening of Cambridge Street

Beach and Atlantic House hotel, Nantasket

Circus elephants parade through Boston

Tea kettle sign, Oriental Tea Co., near Court Street

Bathing girls at Revere Beach

Bathing girls, Revere Beach

(via Boston Public Library)


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