The Harvard Bridge is one of the simplest and least adorned bridges over the Charles. It looks plain when compared to the Longfellow Bridge, which has the prows of Viking ships decorating its base, or the Anderson Bridge, with its entrance piers decorated with armor and mantling. The Harvard Bridge seems so anonymous that it is often called the wrong name and referred to as the MIT Bridge or the Mass. Ave Bridge. But the Harvard Bridge is great and its history is there for everyone to see, if they just look.
A few months ago we were contacted by a Facebook fan who asked us if we knew anything about this banner from the Cambridge Industrial Carnival. We said we would look into it and we’d love to see the original. The fan generously donated it. With a little research we discovered that, 101 years ago today, the Industrial Carnival was all the rage. On October 14, 1911, the Cambridge Chronicle wrote: