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December 22, 2023

Christmas Shopping in the 1940s Photographed by Leslie Jones

Born 1886 in Cotuit, Massachusetts, photographer Leslie Jones was orphaned at an early age and attended the Boston Asylum and Farm School for Indigent Boys on Thompson Island. He was interested in photography while in school.

Jones worked as a wooden pattern maker at the Sturtevant Aeroplane Company since at least 1917. He freelanced as a photographer for the Boston Herald-Traveler starting in 1917. By 1920 he was still working as a pattern maker, but for a ship builder.

After losing two fingers in an industrial accident he joined the Herald-Traveler staff as a full-time photographer by at least 1930. He spent 39 years at the newspaper both as a freelancer and as a full-time employee.

His photographs document both everyday life and portraits of newsmakers and celebrities in Boston, Massachusetts. Jones died in 1967, in Boston, Massachusetts, aged 81. These vintage photos were taken by Leslie Jones that show Boston ladies go Christmas shopping in the 1940s.


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