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 ordering the CD-ROM. 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:
- Seating plans for all of the respectable
theatres in Boston are a feature of this book. We've not seen that in
any other directory. The following theatres are included: Boston
Theatre, Symphony Hall, Majestic Theatre, Globe Theatre, New Gaiety Theatre,
Colonial Theatre, Park Theatre, Tremont Theatre, Keith's Theatre, Steinert
Hall, Hollis Street Theatre, Boston Opera House, American Music Hall,
Huntington Chambers Hall, Castle Square Theatre, and Chickering Hall.
- There's a large fold-out map in the book.
We've scanned it and provide it on the CD-ROM as eight full-sized images at high
resolution that you can view on your computer and print sections of as you
- Advertisements that definitely reflect an
upper-class way of life, quite unlike ads from the same period in less
elegant neighborhoods, counties, or cities. For example, advertisements for a riding
academy and for private schools are far from standard fare for city
directories! But you'll find them in this book.
- Occasional addresses list an alternative
"Summer address" near the ocean. This is common in other directories,
such as the Social Register, but is not frequently seen in city
directories in our experience.
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the Blue Book of Newton MA for 1910:
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