From 1837 to 1886, the Weymouth Iron Company produced wheels, nails, and other items from their campus located on Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth. When running at full capacity, the iron works employed up to 275 people, some of which lived in homes that were built for them near the mill. The company owned the water privileges for Weymouth’s Back River, which allowed them to easily transport raw material to the factory and finished products to merchants.Read More
Newton Corner is a busy commercial district that is a hub for retail and other types of businesses in the greater Boston area. Here’s what Newton corner looked like at the turn of the 20th century.
One of the most iconic throwback images is the milkman delivering to homes. Watertown's Woodland Dairy Bottling Plant, was one of those local businesses. In 1919, Charles Woodland had one route and delivered 200 quarts a day. By 1956 his company was serving 1,900 quarts a day to sixteen communities.Read More
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It’s a great feeling when you look at your store window and see a line of customers at your door. This photo, taken in Newton in 1978, shows a group of men and women waiting for a sale at a local shoe store. However, if you are any of the other businesses in this shopping center, I’m sure you’re excited at this turnout. That’s what is great about thriving community businesses, the success of one leads to the success of all.Read More
On Monday, Patriots Day, thousands of runners will participate in the 121st running of the Boston Marathon. The oldest marathon in the nation will welcome athletes from around the world, and hundreds of thousands of spectators will line the course from Hopkinton to Boston to cheer for friends, family, and total strangers. It’s an annual experience unlike any other, as members of the community, both consumers and businesses, help make the 26.2 mile race a giant block party.Read More
They say that clothes make the man, and that was never more true when almost everything you wore had to be custom fit. Haberdasheries, like this one in Brockton, were stores that specialized in making or ordering custom clothes for men in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These early fashion boutiques provided men with shirts, pants, ties, suspenders, hats, and anything else a man may need when he needed clothes for work, every day life, and special events.Read More
Everyone needs a good pair of shoes. If you bought shoes in the early 1900s, there’s a chance you bought a pair from the Brett Shoe Company in Hudson, Massachusetts. While many shoes today are mass produced by machines, in the early 20th century they were handcrafted by thousands of workers across the state, like the men and women in the picture below.Read More
This office from 1977 seems typical to a lot of modern day workplaces. Open concept. Cubicles and desks that create personal work areas. Rows of fluorescent lights and the occasional plant that people are trying to keep alive. What you don’t see, however, is a computer. It’s hard to imagine a workplace today that doesn’t have at least one computer on a desk, but this photo shows a world prior to the laptop and the personal computer. They do have plenty of typewriters and rotary phones though.
New Bedford, Massachusetts is one of the oldest and most historic merchant cities in the country. For generations, fishermen and sailors have traveled from the protected shores of Buzzards Bay and into the heart of the sea to make their living. The city has also played an important role in international trade dating back to the 1700s. Today, New Bedford is still the home port for merchant and fishing vessels, and a destination for tourists who want to learn about the city’s rich history.Read More
In 1922, George Earnshaw, born in West Roxbury, moved the Earnshaw Knitting Mill from Chicago, IL to Newton, MA. At its peak, his textile mill employed more than 1,000 people who designed and manufactured a children’s clothing line, called Vanta, that didn’t require pins or buttons when worn.Read More