Printing In Cambridge Since 1800 by Norman Hill White, Jr.

Printing In Cambridge Since 1800 By Norman Hill White, Jr. Read January 27, 1920   From 1692, when Samuel Green retired as manager of the college press, there was no printing done in Cambridge for over a hundred years, except that done by the brothers Samuel and Ebenezer Hall in 1775, under the direction of the Committee of Safety. The … Read More

Eighty-five Aromatic Years In Harvard Square by Catharine K. Wilder

Eighty-five Aromatic Years In Harvard Square By Catharine K. Wilder   A​ ​tiny​ island exists today in Harvard Square about which the poet Robert Hillyer, Harvard ’17, writes:   Not all goes up in smoke, here smoke appears To give stability in changing years​.   Leavitt & Peirce, whose name evokes a host of blue haze memories, has the honor … Read More

The Riverside Press by James Duncan Phillips

The Riverside Press By James Duncan Phillips Vice President And Treasurer Of Houghton Mifflin Company Read 27 April, 1926   I​n​ Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables he makes that delightfully simple old character, Uncle Venner, say, “In two or three years longer, I shall think of putting aside business and retiring to my farm. That’s yonder — the great brick … Read More

Cambridge, A Pioneer Home Of Electronics by Harold B. Richmond

Cambridge, A Pioneer Home Of Electronics By Harold B. Richmond* Read October 28, 1952 A​s​ a sort of Christmas present last year, my very good friend and a distinguished citizen of Cambridge, the late Elmer A. Noden, appeared one day in my office to inquire if I would be the next speaker at the Cambridge Club and talk on the … Read More

Early Cambridge Newspapers by George Grier Wright

Early Cambridge Newspapers By George Grier Wright Read January 24, 1928   In the fall of 1839 two school boys, Peter L. Cox, aged fifteen years, and his brother Henry S., aged twelve years, conceived the idea of publishing a weekly paper for Cambridge. These boys belonged to a family of printers. An older brother published a paper in Virginia, … Read More

The Howl by Richard Griffin

The Howl was born in 1992 from a conversation held in midair over the Atlantic Ocean. My wife, Susan Keane, and I were returning from a vacation, and we were in the mood for a new project, preferably one that would benefit our neighborhood. We finally agreed that some kind of periodical could bring the people of Howland Street closer … Read More

When Sweet Flavors Filled the Air by Michael Kenney

When Orra L. Stone compiled his History of Massachusetts Industry in 1930, he counted no less than 29 candy-manufacturing firms in Cambridge. There were giants like the New England Confectionary Co., whose 1,400 workers produced some 500 varieties of candy, including the iconic NECCO wafers, at its plant on Massachusetts Avenue, and small family-run firms throughout Cambridgeport and East Cambridge. … Read More

Swimming in a Countercultural Sea by Dick Cluster

For much of its brief existence between 1968 and 1970, the 16-page tabloid underground newspaper Old Mole featured a column of short items called Zaps on page 4. Here are two: “PEACE CORPS EXPELS 13 FOR ANTI-WAR ACTIVITY –– a real, live headline from the Washington Star.” “If it isn’t in the New York Times Index, maybe it didn’t happen.” … Read More