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Throwback Thursday: A Day at the Office without Computers

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 01:54 PM

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.

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Throwback Thursday: New Bedford Waterfront

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Mar 09, 2017 @ 01:08 PM

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.

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Throwback Thursday: A Knitting Factory in Newton

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Mar 02, 2017 @ 11:19 AM

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.

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Throwback Thursday: Carriage Building in Newton

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 01:38 PM

This carriage maker in Newton was, most likely, a very popular stop for residents and business owners in the greater Boston area. Without access to roadside assistance or spare tires, people needed to make sure their horses and their carriages were in great shape before taking on any long distance trek.

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Throwback Thursday: A Bike Store in Brockton

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 16, 2017 @ 02:30 PM

There are some businesses, that have always been able to fill a need in their community. While technology and styles may change over the years, some products remain timeless and customers will always depend on local businesses to have solutions to their problems.

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Throwback Thursday: Main Street in Hingham

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Main Streets in America represent the strength small businesses have in every community.  They are the backbone of local economies and provide cities and towns with products, services, and jobs. This picture shows a section of Main Street in Hingham in the early 20th century.

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Throwback Thursday: Construction, the Old Fashioned Way

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 02, 2017 @ 02:37 PM

Innovation has allowed us to create modern tools that makes construction easier, faster, and safer. But, not so long ago, jobs could be time consuming and also dangerous. This photo shows just how labor intensive projects could be.

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Throwback Thursday: Quincy Tire Shop in the 1900s

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 12:58 PM

Finding a tire store these days isn’t difficult, but I’m willing to bet, in the early 1900s, this store in Quincy was one of a kind.

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Throwback Thursday: Digging out of a Storm

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 @ 02:38 PM

Last weekend, Massachusetts experienced its first Nor'easter of 2017. This picture, taken in 1939, shows just how much snow removal has changed over the years.

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Throwback Thursday: The Ice Trade

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jan 05, 2017 @ 01:18 PM

Thanks to technology and engineering, keeping food and drink cold is something we take for granted, except when the power goes out. But during the 19th and the early parts of the 20th century there was a whole industry around ice farming, the act of cutting up blocks of ice from frozen ponds, and selling that ice to those who couldn’t produce ice. Ice farms occurred across New England, including this one in Needham.

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