One Boy's Boston 1887-1901 Author:Samuel Eliot Morison "In this little book I am merely jotting down memories and impressions of childhood and boyhood in Boston, sixty-odd years ago; and of some of the people who passed through, or influenced my young life." — With his usual grace and geniality, Samuel Eliot Morison offers this enchanting autobiographical account of a nineteenth-ce... more »ntury boyhood that began "with the horse car and herdic and closed with the Cadillac and the airplane."
Morison paints a vivid picture of Beacon Hill, teeming with trolleys and horses and "safety bicycles." The very rhythm of the neighborhood is brought to life: "From dusk to about 10 p.m. the street was filled with young people learning to ride the bicycle, and resounding with tinklings, crashes, squeals and giggles. Around 11 p.m. came dog-walking. Everyone about us seemed to own a dog, which had to be taken out before bedtime, Since there was no traffic that a healthy dog couldn't easily dodge, the pooches were left loose; this led to healthy competition at the lamposts, and gave owners a chance to exchange gossip."
This special edition of One Boy's Boston presents the entire text of the original volume, illustrated with photographs marking some of the highlights of turn-of-the-century Boston. The period may be lost to us forever, but with books like One Boy's Boston, it will not be forgotten.« less