The Night 20,000 Nazis Held a Rally at Madison Square Garden in 1939

Below is a 6:00 clip showing what 20,000 Nazis look like at a rally at Madison Square Garden celebrating American. It is very scary. Here's a quote about the film from the Director, Marshall Curry: The footage is so powerful, it seems amazing that it isn't a stock part of every high school history class. […]

Boston Then and Now: Copley Square

I've come across quite a few old pictures of Boston in areas where I've taken some pictures. Here's a look at Copley Square in the past compare to how it is now.  THEN: The back of Trinity Church- 1877 – From Boston Public Library NOW: June 2014 The building looks remarkably the same. The biggest changes […]

Recommended Stuff Summer 2014 Edition: A TV Mystery, Hunger Games-like thriller, superhealthy tasty drinks

Here's a few items that I seem to be telling people about quite a bit lately. You may want to check them out. The Magic Bullet – Tasty, Healthy Drinks! I had a juicer for many years and barely used it because it was so difficult to prepare the food and to clean. A NutriBullet creates […]

Boston Then and Now: The Boston Public Library

This is the first in a series of posts looking at different areas or places in Boston and how they looked in the past to what they look like today. For the past pictures I am using different archives (BPL, Boston City Archive, etc), and for the new versions I am visiting these places and […]

How Boston Neighborhoods Got Their Names: King Charles -> Charles River -> Charlestown

Boston as seen from Malone Park in Chelsea (aka Winnisimmeti) in November 2013 The folks over at Mental Floss have a great post on how the neighborhoods and towns around Boston got their names. Here's a couple of examples: Charlestown The area that now houses Charlestown was one of the first established European communities in […]

How Circuses Use to Roll into Boston – Elephants in the Streets!

I was looking at the Boston Public Library's Flickr account and came across some of these old circus pictures. It looks like it used to be quite an event in the city. Here's a selection of some of the pictures.  1928 – Elephants walking into Boston   1930 – Indians riding into Boston for a […]

Pictures: The Building of NYC’s Woolworth Building. The Tallest in the World in 1913

The Woolworth Building construction in 1918, it was the tallest building in the world at that time. Wikipedia describes the building's beginings: The Woolworth Building was constructed in neo-Gothic style by architect Cass Gilbert, who was commissioned by Frank Woolworth in 1910 to design the tallest building in the world[7] as the Woolworth Company's new […]

Boston’s Granary Burying Grounds: The Final Resting Place of Hancock, Revere and… Mother Goose?

Wikipedia outlines a bit of the history of the grounds: The Burying Ground was the third cemetery established in the city of Boston and dates to the year 1660. The need for the site arose because the land set aside for the city's first cemetery, King's Chapel Burying Ground located a block east was insufficient […]

Henry Knox’s Famous 1775 Cannon Trek to Boston Went Through Waltham

I saw a couple of markers when driving through Waltham a few days ago and decided to walk over there today when I stopped at Walgreens. It ends up that this marker is part of series of markers that follow Henry Knox's trail from Fort Ticonderoga to Boston in 1775. These are the guns that […]

Video Timeline: Watch the Borders of Europe Change from 1000 AD to Today

Here's a very cool 3:00 video showing all the boundary changes for the states that happened in Europe's history. Its very cool. Watch Russia shrink and grow. Poland get big, disappear, come back many years later, and disappear again….