Boston in the 1970s

Here’s a collection of some of the sights and events taking place in and around Boston from 1970 to 1979. Below, images 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, urban renewals and restorations, a St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston, anti-war protests, charm-school lessons, and much more.

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  • A motorcycle cop directs traffic outside Haymarket Square in Boston in 1979.
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  • Boston College students ride a parade float through the streets of South Boston in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in 1973.
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  • 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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  • People enjoy Constitution Beach in East Boston, within sight of Logan Airport, in July of 1973.
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  • A view of a large crowd that had gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House, on Boston Common, to protest the Kent State University shootings, in 1970.
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  • An aerial view of a large crowd participating in an anti-war demonstration held on Boston Common in April 1970.
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  • An aerial view showing construction work taking place at Boston’s Quincy Market in 1974. Quincy Market was incorporated into the new Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which opened in 1976.
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  • The Boston Celtics play a game against the New York Knicks in Boston Garden in 1972.
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  • Larry Bird, a new player with the Boston Celtics, photographed on the sidelines during a game versus Detroit.
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  • Massachusetts General Hospital student nurses don new caps in 1972.
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  • Pope John Paul II arrived in Boston in October 1979 for a six-day visit to the United States.
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  • Charm-school teacher Carol Nash tutors would-be models in downtown Boston in 1979.
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  • The John Hancock Tower, seen with plywood window fillers, in Boston’s Back Bay in 1974. The blue reflective windows that were initially installed started failing shortly after they were put in place, many falling away from the building and crashing to the streets below. Eventually all of the windows—more than 10,000—were replaced with new glass.
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  • Spectators watch as runners crowd together at the start of the 1973 Boston Marathon.
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  • The marketplace at Boston’s Haymarket Square, seen in 1973
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  • College crews practice on the Charles River, with a view of downtown Boston in the background, in 1977.
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  • The Cars (from left: Elliot Easton, Ric Ocasek, Benjamin Orr, and Greg Hawkes) perform at Boston’s Paradise Theater on June 29, 1978.
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  • The Boston Pops Orchestra performs at the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Embankment in Boston in 1972.
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  • A group of local kids in a South Boston neighborhood trash an abandoned school building during its demolition, in 1971.
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  • Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis looks over a model of the new State Transportation Building that will be built in the Park Plaza theater district, on August 22, 1978, in Boston.
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  • A surprised Bobby Orr (center) finds himself being hugged by an avid fan who leapt into his arms during a victory parade for the Boston Bruins in downtown Boston, after the Bruins won the Stanley Cup with a win over the St. Louis Blues in 1970. Looking on are teammates John Adams (left), Don Marcotte, and Bill Speer.
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  • National Guardsmen are put through riot training in Boston’s Commonwealth Armory on October 18, 1974. Massachusetts Governor Francis W. Sargent called up the Guard to quell 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 in Boston as schools are desegregated in 1974.
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  • Thousands of white students boycotted classes and joined their parents in a noisy, three-and-a-half-mile protest march through South Boston on October 4, 1974, the 16th day of a court-ordered plan to integrate Boston’s public schools by busing.
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  • Police clear an area around Boston’s South Boston High School after Black students arrived for classes at the predominantly white school on September 12, 1974. Thousands of Boston schoolchildren refused to enter court-ordered desegregated school on the first day of classes.
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  • The second week of the second phase of integration of the Boston school system began on September 15, 1975, with security somewhat relaxed and no trouble reported. Here, students grasp hands through a window as their bus pulls up in front of Charlestown High School.
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  • Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox swings and watches the flight of his ball against the Baltimore Orioles during a Major League Baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park, circa 1978.
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  • A passenger and a railroad worker confer in a cloud of steam on a winter afternoon at Boston’s South Station in 1972.
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  • Drivers push their cars to a gas station during the “oil crisis” that caused nationwide gasoline shortages, in Roslindale, Massachusetts, in 1973.
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  • Cars and trucks sit stuck on Route 128, near Dedham, Massachusetts, on February 9, 1978, after the blizzard of 1978 struck. Drivers could only wait as Army and civilian plows and tow trucks approached.
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  • Mary Bruno hangs laundry outside her home in East Boston, close to Logan Airport, in May 1973.
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  • A scene at Washington Street below Egleston station, looking toward Egleston Square, in February 1973
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  • Edward M. Kennedy gestures while answering a question 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 said the United States was facing “a very dark hour” because the president’s policies would bring “nothing but an increased level of violence and expansion of the war.”
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  • A view of a gay-pride parade taking place on Boston’s Commonwealth Avenue in 1977
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  • Frank McGrath, 14, of Arlington, Massachusetts, rides a skateboard through an obstacle course on Boston Common on March 9, 1977.
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