Boston in the 1970s

Here’s a collection of a few of the sights and events occurring in and around Boston from 1970 to1979 Below, pictures of the blizzard of 1978, a victory parade for the Bruins after they won the 1970 Stanley Cup, enforcement and opposition to school segregation by busing, a Celtics game in Boston Garden, metropolitan renewals and remediations, a St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston, anti-war demonstrations, charm-school lessons, and a lot more.

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  • A motorcycle cop directs traffic outside Haymarket Square in Boston in 1979

    A bike cop directs traffic outside Haymarket Square in Boston in 1979.
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  • About a dozen people wearing green hats and clothing play instruments and dance on a parade float.

    Boston College students ride a parade float through the streets of South Boston in event of St. Patrick’s Day in 1973.
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  • A man wearing a business suit sits cross-legged in the window of a tall building, with Boston visible behind him.

    Roy Lobdell, an assistant councilor at law, meditates during his lunch hour in the tower of the John Hancock Building in Boston on February 4, 1977.
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  • Several people relax on a beach with two airliners visible taxiing in the distance.

    Individuals take pleasure in Constitution Beach in East Boston, within sight of Logan Airport, in July of 1973.
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    Michael Philip Manheim/ U.S. National Archives.

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  • A large crowd gathers in a park near a statue.

    A view of a large crowd that had collected in front of the Massachusetts State House, on Boston Common, to protest the Kent State University shootings, in 1970.
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  • Thousands of people gather together in a protest in a city park.

    A bird’s-eye view of a large crowd participating in an anti-war demonstration held on Boston Common in April 1970.
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  • A view of the historic buildings of Boston's Quincy Market.

    A bird’s-eye view showing building work happening at Boston’s Quincy Market in1974 Quincy Market was integrated into the brand-new Faneuil Hall Market, which opened in 1976.
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  • A professional basketball game, seen from the sidelines.

    The Boston Celtics play a video game versus the New york city Knicks in Boston Garden in 1972.
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  • A portrait of Larry Bird sitting on the sidelines of a basketball game.

    Larry Bird, a brand-new gamer with the Boston Celtics, photographed on the sidelines during a video game versus Detroit.
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  • Several nursing students wearing uniforms put on small caps.

    Massachusetts General Healthcare facility student nurses put on brand-new caps in 1972.
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  • The Pope rides in an open-top car past large crowds.

    Pope John Paul II arrived in Boston in October 1979 for a six-day see to the United States.
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  • A woman directs nine younger women near a swimming pool.

    Charm-school instructor Carol Nash tutors prospective models in downtown Boston in 1979.
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  • A skyscraper is seen with about 2src% of its windows replaced with sheets of plywood.

    The John Hancock Tower, seen with plywood window fillers, in Boston’s Back Bay in1974 The blue reflective windows that were at first installed began stopping working quickly after they were put in place, lots of falling away from the structure and crashing to the streets listed below. Eventually all of the windows– more than 10,000– were changed with new glass.
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  • Spectators watch as runners crowd together at the start of the 1973 Boston Marathon.

    Spectators see as runners crowd together at the start of the 1973 Boston Marathon.
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  • A crowded marketplace is seen near many buildings downtown.

    The market at Boston’s Haymarket Square, seen in 1973
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  • College crews practice on the Charles River.

    College teams practice on the Charles River, with a view of downtown Boston in the background, in 1977.
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  • The rock band The Cars performs on stage.

    The Automobiles ( from left: Elliot Easton, Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, and Greg Hawkes) carry out at Boston’s Paradise Theater on June 29, 1978.
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  • An orchestra performs in a band shell in front of a large audience.

    The Boston Pops Orchestra performs at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Embankment in Boston in 1972.
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  • Several children throw sticks and rocks at a partially-demolished school building.

    A group of regional kids in a South Boston area trash an abandoned school building during its demolition, in 1971.
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  • A man stands behind an architectural model of a large office building.

    Massachusetts Guv Michael Dukakis looks over a design of the brand-new State Transportation Structure that will be integrated in the Park Plaza theater district, on August 22, 1978, in Boston.
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  • A huge crowd surrounds several men riding in a convertible car during a vistory parade.

    A shocked Bobby Orr ( center) finds himself being hugged by an avid fan who leapt into his arms throughout a success parade for the Boston Bruins in downtown Boston, after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup with a win over the St. Louis Blues in1970 Searching are colleagues John Adams ( left), Don Marcotte, and Bill Speer.
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  • A small group of national guardsmen stand in a V-formation, holding out their batons.

    National Guardsmen are put through riot training in Boston’s Commonwealth Armory on October 18,1974 Massachusetts Guv Francis W. Sargent contacted the Guard to stop school violence, following orders to desegregate schools by busing students to other districts. However, by this time, the city had been relatively calm and the Guard remained in the armories.
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  • Motorcycle police escort school buses on a street.

    Motorcycle police escort school buses on a street in Boston as schools are desegregated in 1974.
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  • Thousands of people march together in a street.

    Thousands of white students boycotted classes and joined their parents in a noisy, three-and-a-half-mile demonstration march through South Boston on October 4, 1974, the 16 th day of a court-ordered strategy to incorporate Boston’s public schools by busing.
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  • Police clash with a group of white students.

    Cops clear a location around Boston’s South Boston High School after Black trainees got here for classes at the predominantly white school on September 12,1974 Countless Boston schoolchildren declined to enter court-ordered desegregated school on the very first day of classes.
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  • Two students hold hands through their windows as their bus arrives at a high school.

    The second week of the 2nd stage of integration of the Boston school system started on September 15, 1975, with security somewhat relaxed and no trouble reported. Here, students comprehend hands through a window as their bus pulls up in front of Charlestown High School.
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  • A baseball player swings his bat, having just hit a pitch.

    Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox swings and watches the flight of his ball versus the Baltimore Orioles throughout a Big league Baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park, circa 1978.
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  • Two people stand on a railroad platform amid clouds of steam.

    A traveler and a railroad worker provide in a cloud of steam on a winter afternoon at Boston’s South Station in 1972.
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  • A man stands beside his car, pushing it with the door open.

    Motorists push their automobiles to a gas station throughout the “oil crisis” that triggered across the country fuel shortages, in Roslindale, Massachusetts, in 1973.
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  • Many cars and trucks sit buried in deep snow on a highway.

    Vehicles and trucks sit stuck on Path 128, near Dedham, Massachusetts, on February 9, 1978, after the blizzard of 1978 struck. Motorists could just wait as Army and civilian plows and tow trucks approached.
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  • A woman hangs laundry on a line among several three-decker houses.

    Mary Bruno hangs laundry outside her house in East Boston, close to Logan Airport, in May 1973.
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  • A street scene beneath an elevated rail station.

    A scene at Washington Street listed below Egleston station, looking toward Egleston Square, in February 1973
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  • Senator Edward M. Kennedy speaks before a podium.

    Edward M. Kennedy gestures while answering a concern after his speech to a local advertising club in Boston on May 2,1970 The Massachusetts senator criticized President Richard Nixon’s Cambodian policy and stated the United States was dealing with “a very dark hour” because the president’s policies would bring “absolutely nothing but an increased level of violence and expansion of the war.”
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  • A crowd of people march behind a banner that reads

    A view of a gay-pride parade happening on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue in 1977
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  • A teenager rides a skateboard in a park.

    Frank McGrath, 14, of Arlington, Massachusetts, trips a skateboard through a barrier course on Boston Common on March 9, 1977.
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