A year of 100-year anniversaries
Boston was the fifth largest city in the nation at the time, with a population of around 700,000 more than today and growing by about 15,000 people a year. The city was a hub of publishing and academics, but manufacturing and mechanical industries were the biggest employers. New buildings were going up right and left.
Left: Governor Alvan Fuller in 1928 addressed the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. The Parkman Bandstand sprang up on the former site of the cow pond on Boston Common in 1912.