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Throwback Thursday: Building the Cape Cod Canal

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:44 AM

If you take a quick look at this photo, you may think these workers were digging a highway or a path to lay train tracks. Actually, they are in the early stages of building the Cape Cod Canal. Construction of the canal began in 1909 and six years later it was opened to boats on a limited basis. By 1916, the canal was finished and provided ships a 62 mile shortcut from Boston to New York.

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Throwback Thursday: Community Markets

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:13 AM

At the turn of the century, the general store was the epicenter for many communities. Vendors would sell them their products and then customers would buy groceries, medicine, and other goods for that day or the next week. Consumers would probably visit the local market more than they would any other government building or business, just because of the constant need to resupply their pantries. Built in 1897, the Perkins Home Bakery in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts was one of these community markets.

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Throwback Thursday: The 120th Boston Marathon

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 12:34 PM

Next Monday, on Patriots’ Day, we will watch as 30,000 runners take part in the 120th running of the Boston Marathon. The race, which began in 1897 as a contest between the elite runners of the world, has become a yearly event unlike any other. More than a half million people will line the course and cheer for professional and novice runners, as they attempt to complete the 26.2 mile challenge.

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Throwback Thursday: The Milford Quarry

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 10:54 AM

One of my favorite things about living in Massachusetts is that every city and town has something unique to offer to the Commonwealth. Lexington and Concord were a part of the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Plymouth’s economy celebrates the Pilgrims and their first colony. Saugus has one of the oldest iron works in the nation. The town of Milford is home to one of the most productive quarries in the state, and the granite it has produced has become part of the Boston Public Library and Worcester City Hall.

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Throwback Thursday: Baseball Legends Play Golf in Newton

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 11:28 AM

Tomorrow is April 1st, which is my favorite day of the year. No, I’m not a prankster, but the beginning of April means that the start of the next baseball season isn’t far behind. There is no better way to celebrate the return of Boston baseball, then by honoring one of the game’s greatest icons, and a local legend, George Herman “Babe” Ruth.

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Throwback Thursday: Early Public Transportation in Brockton

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Mar 24, 2016 @ 10:49 AM

Almost every city and town in Massachusetts has some sort of public transportation system. Communities depend on them to aid people, who don’t have access to personal vehicles, so they can go shopping, check-in with physicians, or just spend time with friends. These days, commuters can use busses and trains to run their errands, however, in 1888, this trolley operated on only the power of two horses.

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Throwback Thursday: St. Patrick's Day

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 11:18 AM

Every March 17th, millions of Americans wear green, put on a four leaf clover pin and grab a green colored beverage (of course I’m talking about the Shamrock Shake). In Massachusetts, St. Patrick’s Day has always been a big celebration because of the state’s large Irish population. Many cities and towns in the commonwealth celebrate the day with a parade, concert or arts festival. The biggest party takes place in Boston, where this picture of young irish step dancers was taken.

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Throwback Thursday: A Bicycle Ride in Spring

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 11:27 AM

Winter may not officially be over yet, but you can definitely feel that spring is practically here. The weather is actually enjoyable and this weekend we turn the clocks forward an hour, which means we lose an hour of sleep, but gain an hour of sunlight at night. As we say goodbye to another New England winter, we can look forward to doing activities outdoors again. You’ll start seeing more people running, boating, and biking. Of course, the bikes you see won’t be quite as unique as these.

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Throwback Thursday: Baseball in Brookline

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Mar 03, 2016 @ 11:35 AM

In New England, there are a few ways to tell that spring is just around the corner. The weather gets warmer and the days get longer. The landscape turns from brown to green and kids start playing outdoors. My favorite sign though, is that baseball starts to make a return to the area. As Boston’s boys of summer are in Florida getting ready for the season, high school and intramural teams take the fields across the Commonwealth.

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Throwback Thursday: Election Day

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 11:38 AM

This Tuesday, voters across Massachusetts will head to the polls and vote in the 2016 Presidential Primary election. No, this post isn’t an endorsement of any political party, candidate, or platform. It is a reminder, that if you can make it to the polls, please cast your vote. This picture was taken in 1972 in Arlington.

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