Throwback Thursday

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Throwback Thursday: This Film Transports You to Boston in 1903

One of the earliest moving pictures of Boston has been collecting virtual dust in the Boston Public Library’s online archives for years—that is, until it […]

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Throwback Thursday: When the Word “OK” Was Invented in Boston

On this day in 1839, the word “OK” was introduced to the world by a Boston newspaper editor. In the Saturday edition of the Boston […]

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Throwback Thursday: When The Scarlet Letter Was Published

On this day in 1850, The Scarlet Letter was first published by a relatively unknown author. Although his name is synonymous with literary greatness today, […]

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Throwback Thursday: The White Hurricane of 1888

On March 11, 1888, a calamitous snowstorm brought daily life in Massachusetts screeching to a halt. The “White Hurricane” whipped up and down the East […]

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

One of the world’s most famous storytellers was born 113 years ago today in Springfield, Massachusetts. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was an author […]

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Throwback Thursday: When the Gardner Museum Opened to the Public

On this day 114 years ago, Boston was gifted the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Isabella Stewart Gardner opened the doors to Fenway Court, as it […]

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Throwback Thursday: When a New Language Was Popularized in Boston

In 1887, a Polish doctor named Ludwig L. Zamenhof set out to bridge language barriers across the globe by devising a new international language. His […]

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Throwback Thursday: When Volleyball Was Invented in Massachusetts

Up for a game of “mintonette”? Just round up two teams, find a lightweight ball a little smaller than a basketball, and volley it back and […]

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Throwback Thursday: These Old Photos Show Boston’s Blizzards of Yesteryear

Whether you delight in the snow or prefer to tune out the forecast, there’s no denying that when the Common is blanketed in a delicate dusting of […]

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Throwback Thursday: When JFK Appointed the First Female Presidential Physician

When former President John F. Kennedy met Dr. Janet G. Travell in 1955, he finally found relief. After years of suffering from chronic back pain, […]

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TBT: When Tufts’ Floating Hospital Sailed the Boston Harbor

Today, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center sits squarely on Washington Street, near Chinatown. But less than a century ago, it didn’t have […]

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, John Winthrop!

A few 430 years ago, Massachusetts Bay Colony’s first governor and a founder of Boston was born in Suffolk, England. At the age of 42, […]

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Throwback Thursday: A Bell-Ringing Tradition Is Born in Beacon Hill

For the past 92 years, a group of warmly dressed bell ringers has shuffled door to door, jingling handbells and singing to fellow residents of Beacon Hill on Christmas […]

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Eli Whitney!

Today marks Eli Whitney’s 251st birthday. Although he’s known for a famous invention that completely transformed the economy of the south, Whitney’s roots are in Massachusetts. He […]

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Throwback Thursday: When the Fairmont Copley Plaza Had a Merry-Go-Round Bar

Before you could order food and drinks made with honey harvested from the rooftop at the Fairmont Copley Plaza’s Oak Long Bar + Kitchen, you could peruse the […]