|For our initial venture re-publishing
Massachusetts history, we chose Newton, in Middlesex County -- one of the old-line
suburbs of Boston -- and a date that preceded the social upheaval accompanying
World War I that changed
forever the "old
This Newton Blue Book is a city directory that contains 248++ pages of names, addresses, clubs, businesses, etc., as well as ten pages of maps. It is both an alphabetic directory of residents of Newton in 1910, as well as a street directory with names of residents at each address shown. Click on the page image below to see a sample page (from the West Newton section of the directory in this case):
The communities covered in the listings in the book include Chestnut Hill, Auburndale, Newton, West Newton, Newtonville, Lower Falls, Newton Highlands, Upper Falls, and Waban. On the large (about 26" x 26") map additional neighborhoods or political subdivisions appear, including Waban Hill, Newton Centre, Nonantum, Reed's Corner, and Thompsonville.
Some of the geographical and institutional
captions on the map include Bald Pate Hill, Oak Hill, the Working Boys' Home,
Winchester Hill, Paul Brook, Meadow Brook, Hammond's Pond, the Boston & Albany
R. R., Strongs Pond, Silver Lake, Charles River Reservation, Flowed Meadow,
Auburndale Park, Cheese Cake Brook, Beacon Hill, Newton Hospital, Metropolitan
Park, Newton Cemetery, Claflin Field, Pulsifer's Cove, Newton Theological
Institution, and Lower Falls Park. The map's scale is 1200 feet to the
inch (a pretty generous scale), and its copyright was 1906 & 1907.
Blue Book for Newton is both a genealogical aid and a document of a way of life that for the most part has vanished. That statement is based on the caption on the Title page that tells us that the book contains a "List of the Leading Residents, Societies, Clubs, Etc." One senses that there is some social selectivity implied, and the listing of clubs tends to corroborate this notion.
We have compiled a list of the surnames that appear in the residential listings. We invite you to view it -- especially if you would like to determine that a particular surname appears before purchasing the download. Please to view the list of surnames included in the alphabetic directory listings in the Blue Book.
Here are four rather unusual items in the Blue Book for Newton for 1910:
We had previously issued this item as a CD-ROM, but have discontinued our CD-ROM business. We have made the Blue Book available as a download at a considerable savings to you. It is in the popular PDF format, permitting you to print selected pages, etc. The images are high resolution. While the CD cost $15, as a download the Blue Book is just $5.00.
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