Dating Old Photographs – The Price of Tea in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1917

Question: What was the price of a cup of chicken soup in 1915? Answer: Ten cents a cup. Add some ham and eggs to that, and you should be prepared to part with the Barber quarter and Buffalo nickel burning a hole in your pocket. If you're feeling a little more adventurous or extravagant, you…Read more Dating Old Photographs – The Price of Tea in Lowell, Massachusetts, 1917

June “Thirsty-First”, 1919: Prohibition in Lowell, Massachusetts

To me, one of the most fascinating concepts to ponder in history is when you can pinpoint a historical event to an exact moment, an exact minute, in time.  This gives an event a sense of immediacy - like, if I were there, witnessing the event unfold and looked at my watch, the time would…Read more June “Thirsty-First”, 1919: Prohibition in Lowell, Massachusetts

On the Eve of Prohibition in Boston: January 1920

“Let’s have something.”  Jake turns back from the bar, and pulls a quart of whisky from his pocket. “$10 . . .” he sighs.  “A full Hamilton, this one cost me.” You examine the label in the dim light.  It’s not even one of the better brands.  The bartender glances at the bottle of whisky, smiles,…Read more On the Eve of Prohibition in Boston: January 1920