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February 3, 2018

Into the Streets of Boston From the 1950s Through Jules Aarons' Lens

Although he was born and raised in New York City, American space physicist Jules Aarons (1921-2008) spent the majority of his life in the Boston area. He was known for his study of radio-wave propagation, and a photographer known for his street photography in Boston.

Aarons first became interested in photography as a youth, taking pictures of his family in Rockaway, New York. While pursuing his college degrees and working as a scientist, he continued to develop his craft, taking his camera with him on business trips around the world.

Aarons is best known for his photographs of Boston's ethnically diverse West End and predominantly Italian North End neighborhoods, taken during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Much of the West End was razed in the late 1950s as part of a large-scale urban renewal project, making Aarons's photographs of the area especially important for historical purposes.

Here is a photo set from his work that shows everyday life of Boston's streets in the 1950s.



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