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December 18, 2016

32 Black and White Photographs Show the Beauty and Misery of Winter in Boston From Between the 1910s and 1930s

Who can forget the brutal Boston winter of the 2014-2015 season? With 64.8 inches of snow, February 2015 obliterated the previous snowiest month on record in the city.

But Bostonians know about snow, and know how winter can be both magical and miserable. Here's a selection of 33 stunning photographs taken by Leslie Jones, staff photographer for the Boston Herald-Traveler from 1917 to 1956, documents daily life in Boston from between the 1910s and 1930s, including during its snowiest days.

From kids riding "ice cakes" at Dorchester Bay to wagon-pulling horses slipping in the snow next to Boston Common, Jones has beautifully captured the history of Boston in the early 20th century.

Circa 1910s. Horse pulling wagon slips in snow.

Circa 1910s. Horse-drawn sleigh for hauling goods, market district.

Circa 1916. Severe snowstorm reaches Boston, clearing snow at corner of Park and Tremont St.

February 14, 1920. Wharf during a Valentine's Day storm.

Circa February 1920. Police officer helps woman through blinding snow during a blizzard in Boston.

Circa February 1920. Blizzard wreaks havoc on a working horse near South Station, breaking shaft and dumping his load of snow.

Circa February 1920. Horse and wagon accident next to Common.

Circa February 1920. Horse pulling wagon slips in snow next to Common.

Circa 1921. Kids on sleds plough through water to enjoy ice hidden below.

Circa February 1922. Statue of Garrison, Comm. Ave., covered with snow.

Circa 1923. Mt. Vernon St. after a big snowstorm.

Circa 1923. Fire alarm box almost covered up by snow after severe snowstorm.

Circa 1923. People looking at the weather instruments on Common in snow.

Circa 1925. Horse slips on Tremont St.

Circa February 1928. Hamilton statue, Commonwealth Ave. Mall covered with snow.

Circa 1930. Scollay Square during a snowstorm.

Circa 1930. Women use umbrellas to ward off snow, during snowstorm in downtown Boston.

Circa 1930. Snowstorm in Boston.

Circa December 1930. Snowstorm in Boston, corner of Tremont and Boylston.

Circa December 1930. Kids playing in Roxbury Park.

Circa 1932. Skaters put up shoes in baseball backstop at Franklin Field.

Circa 1933. Snowstorm, Joy Street, Beacon Hill.

Circa 1933. Crew shovels snow from Tremont St. near State House.

Circa 1934. Snow-covered automobiles on Boston streets.

Circa 1934. Beacon St. snow scene from State House.

Circa 1935. Kids ride ice cakes in Dorchester Bay.

Circa February 1935. Boys riding ice cakes in Dorchester Bay.

Circa 1939. Snow-covered automobile.

Circa 1939. Man digging out horse and cart.

Circa 1939. Snowstorm scenes.

Circa 1939. Snowstorm scenes.

Circa 1939. Snow-covered automobile.

(Images courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection, via



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