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The New England Town Crier, Part Ad Man, Part Comedian

Jimmy Wilson, Boston’s town crier for 50 years, was loved by the city’s children, and was once paid ...

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Six (And More) Mothers Who Left a Mark on History

Mothers have always had to balance competing demands, and some of those who did it best made history. ...

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1852 Chickering Factory Fire (Harper's)

When the Music Stopped: Chickering and the Piano Wars of 1850

Chickering & Sons Piano Company was always a two-person operation. It needed a technical expert to make the ...

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Zildjian, the Sultan’s Cymbal Maker Who Moved to Massachusetts

  When it was time for Aram Zildjian to pass on his family’s 300-year-old secret for making superior ...

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