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Throwback Thursday: World War I Veterans in Lexington, MA

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

Yesterday, the nation celebrated Veterans Day, an annual day of recognition dedicated to all the members of the armed services. This photo was taken in 1919, on the Battle Green in Lexington, Massachusetts, at a homecoming ceremony for the soldiers and sailors who served in World War I.

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Throwback Thursday: Main Street in Melrose, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 12:08 PM

Almost every town has a Main Street, and they usually represent one of the major hubs of small businesses within that community. This photo is of the Main Street in Melrose, Massachusetts and was taken sometime during the mid-20th century. Melrose was originally part of both Charlestown and Malden, and eventually became a separate town in 1850 and then became a city in 1899. Today, more than 27,000 people call it home and a part of Main Street is included in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Throwback Thursday: Celebrating Halloween in Salem

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 @ 04:04 PM

This weekend is Halloween. If you are a parent, you've probably put together costumes for your children and are mapping out a trick-or-treat route through the neighborhood. Perhaps, you are planning to visit a haunted house or an elaborate corn maze. There are plenty of things to do on All Hallow’s Eve, but no one does a Halloween celebration better than the city of Salem.

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Throwback Thursday: King Richard's Faire in Carver, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 10:54 AM

Almost every town in the Commonwealth has an attraction that is unique to them. Some of the more notable ones celebrate agriculture, seafood, cars, boats and even Thanksgiving. One in particular stands out amongst all the rest. It allows tourists to step back in time and talk to kings and queens. Invites perfect strangers to laugh at the antics of jesters and be awed by knights who joust on horseback. Of course, I’m talking about King Richard’s Faire in Carver, Massachusetts; and this weekend is the last chance you will have to experience it for the 2015 season.

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Throwback Thursday: Star Market Got their Start in Watertown, MA

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 @ 10:45 AM

Did you ever wonder where local chain stores got their start? If you do a little research, sometimes you’ll find interesting facts about stores you shop in all the time. For instance, the supermarket chain we know as Star Market started on 28 Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown, Massachusetts. In 1918, Sarkis Mugar bought the small grocery store for $800 dollars.

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Throwback Thursday: Apple Picking in October

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

What are you doing this weekend? Might we suggest, bundling up against the crisp fall air and go visit one of the dozens of apple picking farms in Massachusetts? Apple picking has been a part of life in New England since 1623. Apple orchards were a part of how a farmer’s family made a living as they harvested fruits and vegetables for every season. Now, growing apples with the intention of having visitors pick the apples has become a thriving business.

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Throwback Thursday: Commuting in the Late 19th Century

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Oct 01, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

Commuting to and from Boston can be a pain. There might not be any room for you to sit down, or worst still, your bus or train could be running behind schedule. However, the trip is necessary for thousands of men and women who make their way into the city for work and leisure. Imagine what it must’ve been like before modern public transportation. You would have to catch a ride on carriages or maybe on an early automobile. That’s why in 1892, the Newton & Boston Street Railway was formed and offered people an electric trolley that took them from Newton Upper Falls to Newtonville.

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Throwback Thursday: What the Fluff Festival in Somerville, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Sep 24, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

The start of fall means the days begin to get shorter, the nights become a little cooler, and it’s time for the Annual What the Fluff Festival to take place in Somerville, Massachusetts. For the last ten years, What the Fluff has celebrated the sugary marshmallow condiment that was invented in Somerville in 1917 by Archibald Query. The festival is completely unique and an incredibly fun experience. As you can see from this 2013 photo, it can get pretty crowded in Union Square. 

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Throwback Thursday: The Cranberry Harvest is Almost Here

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 @ 01:12 PM

Throwback Thursday: If it’s fall in Massachusetts, it means that it’s almost time for cranberry farmers to start harvesting their crop. If you drive through the towns across the south shore and Cape Cod you’ll see crews of farmers wading through the water, guiding an ocean of red berries into sorting machines. I think that it’s one of the most gorgeous things you’ll see during the fall.

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Throwback Thursday: Main Street in Malden, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 @ 02:03 PM

Our Throwback Thursday image today is of Pleasant Street in Malden and dates back to the early 1900s. Although technically not called “Main Street,” Pleasant Street has been connecting businesses and people for generations. A lot has changed in Malden in the 105 years since this image, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the importance of Pleasant Street to the local economy.

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