Monthly Archives: July 2011

Dorchester Illustration of the Day, no. 1598 Wales Family Auto

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1598   Scan from glass negative of automobile at the Wales family property at 93 Olney Street provided by Philip Wales.  Joe Gildea believes that the car is an air-cooled CORBIN built in New … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day, no. 1597 Blaney Baptist Church

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1597   Postcard. Caption on front: Blaney Memorial Baptist Church & Parsonage, Dorchester Lower Mills, Mass. Postmarked Dorchester Center, Boston, July 25 ?. On verso: No. H 12793 The Robbins Co., Boston, Mass. and … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day, no. 1596 Farrier

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1596   Postcard.  [Farrier’s Shop]  Postally unused.  On verso: Published by Henry W. Osgood, Pittsfield, N.H.  Written in pencil: Dorchester, MA in front of Farrier’s Shop 1910. Possibly the scene is on Columbia Road … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day, no. 1595 George L Burt

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1595   Today’s illustration is a detail from the 1890 view of Mattapan by O.H. Bailey showing the home of George L. Burt. The following is from American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day, no. 1594 Bark-crushing stone

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1594   Bark-Crushing Stone This large stone was used to crush bark for use in the tanning industry.  Settlers who arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony as part of the Great Migration would have … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1593 Willard Clock

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1593   The delicate Simon Willard banjo clock was known in the early 19th century as a presentation timepiece.  This one was made in 1815 by Simon Willard for the marriage of a Wyman … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1592 Capen Bowl

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1592 Possibly of Spanish origin, the Capen Bowl is about 20 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep.  The Capen family brought the bowl with them when they arrived on the Mary & John … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1591 Factories in Lower Mills

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1591   As you may remember 15 Grant Place that was recently the subject of a hearing at the Landmarks Commission was a building related to the Ruggles furniture factory.  Today we see other … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day, no. 1590 James Reeb

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1590   Today’s illustration is a portrait of James Reeb from 1965 taken by Ollie Noonan, Boston Traveler.  Reeb lived for a time on Half-Moon Street west of Upham’s Corner, and he gave his … Continue reading

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Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1589 Four Churches

Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1589   Well, I think the numbering system is back on track.  In my haste at the end of last week, I carried over some numbers of some of the daily emails, but today … Continue reading

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