32 Amazing Photographs Showing Boston Winters From Between the 1910s and 1930s

Boston, officially the City of Boston, is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States and 24th-most populous city in the country. The city proper covers 48.4 square miles (125 km2) with a population of 675,647 in 2020, also making it the most populous city in New England. It is the seat of Suffolk County (although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999). The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest MSA in the country. A broader combined statistical area (CSA), generally corresponding to the commuting area and including Providence, Rhode Island, is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States.

Boston is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States, founded on the Shawmut Peninsula in 1630 by Puritan settlers from the English town of the same name. It was the scene of several key events of the American Revolution, such as the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the siege of Boston. Upon American independence from Great Britain, the city continued to be an important port and manufacturing hub as well as a center for education and culture. The city has expanded beyond the original peninsula through land reclamation and municipal annexation. Its rich history attracts many tourists, with Faneuil Hall alone drawing more than 20 million visitors per year. Boston’s many firsts include the United States’ first public park (Boston Common, 1634), first public or state school (Boston Latin School, 1635) and first subway system (Tremont Street subway, 1897).

Today, Boston is a thriving center of scientific research. The Boston area’s many colleges and universities make it a world leader in higher education, including law, medicine, engineering and business, and the city is considered to be a global pioneer in innovation and entrepreneurship, with nearly 5,000 startups. Boston’s economic base also includes finance, professional and business services, biotechnology, information technology and government activities. Households in the city claim the highest average rate of philanthropy in the United States; businesses and institutions rank among the top in the country for environmental sustainability and investment. The city has one of the highest costs of living in the United States as it has undergone gentrification, though it remains high on world livability rankings. (Wikipedia)

Horse pulling wagon slips in snow. 1910s
Horse-drawn sleigh for hauling goods, market district. 1910s
Severe snowstorm reaches Boston, clearing snow at corner of Park and Tremont St. 1916
Wharf during a Valentine’s Day storm. February 14, 1920.
Police officer helps woman through blinding snow during a blizzard in Boston. February 1920
Blizzard wreaks havoc on a working horse near South Station, breaking shaft and dumping his load of snow. February 1920
Horse and wagon accident next to Common. February 1920
Horse pulling wagon slips in snow next to Common. February 1920
Kids on sleds plough through water to enjoy ice hidden below. 1921
Statue of Garrison, Comm. Ave., covered with snow. 1922
Mt. Vernon St. after a big snowstorm. 1923
Fire alarm box almost covered up by snow after severe snowstorm. 1923
People looking at the weather instruments on Common in snow. 1923
Horse slips on Tremont St. 1925
Hamilton statue, Commonwealth Ave. Mall covered with snow. 1928
Scollay Square during a snowstorm. 1930
Women use umbrellas to ward off snow, during snowstorm in downtown Boston. 1930
Snowstorm in Boston. 1930
Snowstorm in Boston, corner of Tremont and Boylston. December 1930.
Kids playing in Roxbury Park. December 1930.
Skaters put up shoes in baseball backstop at Franklin Field. 1932
Snowstorm, Joy Street, Beacon Hill. 1933
Crew shovels snow from Tremont St. near State House. 1933
Snow-covered automobiles on Boston streets. 1934
Beacon St. snow scene from State House. 1934
Kids ride ice cakes in Dorchester Bay. 1935
Boys riding ice cakes in Dorchester Bay. 1935
Snow-covered automobile. 1939
Man digging out horse and cart. 1939
Snowstorm scenes. 1939
Snowstorm scenes. 1939
Snow-covered automobile. 1939

(Images courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection)

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