12 Vintage Photos Of Boston’s Streets That Will Take You Back In Time

Construction may be the bane of your commute, but decades of infrastructure improvements mean that the history of Boston’s streets is well-documented. These vintage shots were captured by the Public Works Department, the Transit Commission, and the City of Boston Archives. While their original purpose was presumably to track progress on specific projects, they now provide an intriguing glimpse back into Boston’s past.

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Don’t you love looking back through the decades — and centuries — of Boston’s history?

View some of the oldest photos ever taken of our city here.