Eight Vintage Photos Show Boston’s Bygone Holidays
It’s time to cue Bing Crosby. With the Boston Common tree lighting scheduled for tonight, it’s officially Christmas time in the city.
Here’s a glance back at the holidays of yesteryear, with photos by Leslie Jones, who documented daily life in the city for the Boston Herald-Traveler for 39 years. Jones’s work is preserved as part of a digital archive of the Boston Public Library.
Shoppers and storefronts at Tremont and Winter Streets in 1945.
Boston’s once famous Jordan Marsh department store adorned with a nativity scene in 1954.
Christmas crowds and electric street cars on Washington and Summer Streets in 1912.
A Christmas Parade on Beacon Street in 1940.
Shoppers hustle towards the holiday decorations at Filene’s Department Store in Downtown Crossing, 1954.
A snowy view of Boston Common and the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, taken sometime between 1917 and 1934.
Women mailing packages during the Christmas rush at the South Station postal annex in 1942.
See more work by Leslie Jones at bpl.org.