23 Vintage Photos Showing Massachusetts During the Winter of 1940-1941

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Maine to the east, Connecticut to the southwest and Rhode Island to the southeast, New Hampshire to the northeast, Vermont to the northwest, and New York to the west. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. It is home to the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts’s economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and maritime trade.

Massachusetts was a site of early English colonization: the Plymouth Colony was founded in 1620 by the Pilgrims of the Mayflower, and in 1630 the Massachusetts Bay Colony, taking its name from the indigenous Massachusett people, established settlements in Boston and Salem. In 1692, the town of Salem and surrounding areas experienced one of America’s most infamous cases of mass hysteria, the Salem witch trials. In 1777, General Henry Knox founded the Springfield Armory, which, during the Industrial Revolution, catalyzed numerous important technological advances, including interchangeable parts. In 1786, Shays’ Rebellion, a populist revolt led by disaffected American Revolutionary War veterans, influenced the United States Constitutional Convention. In the 18th century, the Protestant First Great Awakening, which swept Britain and the Thirteen Colonies, originated from the pulpit of Northampton preacher Jonathan Edwards. In the late 18th century, Boston became known as the “Cradle of Liberty” for the agitation there that later led to the American Revolution.

The entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts has played a powerful scientific, commercial, and cultural role in the history of the United States. Before the American Civil War, Massachusetts was a center for the abolitionist, temperance, and transcendentalist movements. In the late 19th century, the sports of basketball and volleyball were invented in the western Massachusetts cities of Springfield and Holyoke, respectively. In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage as a result of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s decision in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health. Many prominent American political dynasties have hailed from the state, including the Adams and Kennedy families. Harvard University in Cambridge is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, with the largest financial endowment of any university, and Harvard Law School has educated a contemporaneous majority of Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States. Kendall Square in Cambridge has been called “the most innovative square mile on the planet”, in reference to the high concentration of entrepreneurial start-ups and quality of innovation which have emerged in the vicinity of the square since 2010. Both Harvard and MIT, also in Cambridge, are perennially ranked as either the most or among the most highly regarded academic institutions in the world. Massachusetts residents have been described by the World Population Review as having the highest average IQ of all U.S. states, exceeding 104, and the state’s public-school students place among the top tier in the world in academic performance. The state has been ranked as one of the top states in the United States for citizens to live in, as well as one of the most expensive. (Wikipedia)

Sylvia Sweets Tea Room, Brockton, ca. 1941
Store going out of business. Lowell, Massachusetts Jan 1941
Men and a woman reading headlines posted in street-corner window of Brockton Enterprise newspaper office on Christmas Eve, Brockton, Mass. Dec 24 1940
William Green, Raynham, Massachusetts. He lives on a farm with his mother, who has fifteen cows and ten acres of land. Mr. Green has six children and works as a policeman at nearby Camp Edwards Jan 1941
Brockton, Mass., Dec. 1940, second-hand plumbing store
Mr. and Mrs. Ovgen Arakelian, Armenian vegetable farmers in West Andover, Massachusetts. They have an eleven-acre farm and a son works in a blanket factory in Lowell to help support the family Jan 1941
Street corner, Brockton, Mass. Jan 1941
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Ovegen Arakelian, Armenian family in West Andover, Massachusetts Jan 1941
Near the waterfront, New Bedford, Massachusetts
Madonna in front of church on a street in New Bedford, Massachusetts Jan 1941
Children in the tenement district, Brockton, December 1940
Employees entering textile mill in New Bedford, Jan 1941
Bringing home some salvaged firewood in slum area in New Bedford, Massachusetts Jan 1941
Employees leaving Ayer Mills (textile). Lawrence, Jan 1941
Textile mill working all night in Lowell, Massachusetts Jan 1941
Mrs. Richard Carter, poultry farmer of Middleboro, Massachusetts. She runs the poultry business of one thousand while her husband drives a bulldozer at an Army camp nearby Dec 1940
Mr. and Mrs. Melkon Loosigian, Armenians. Run a fourteen-acre vegetable farm. Son works in Arlington mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to help support family. West Andover, Massachusetts Jan 1941
New Bedford, Massachusetts. Foggy night October 1940
Men going to work at the mill. Lawrence, Massachusetts Jan 1941
Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Mass. Dec 1940
Skating, vicinity of Brockton, Mass. Jan 1940
Commuters, who have just come off the train, waiting for the bus to go home, Lowell, Mass. Jan 1941

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