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Flashback Photo: The Italian Fishing Fleet Is in for Easter, 1930

Italian fishing fleet in for Easter. Photo courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Italian fishing fleet in for Easter. Photo courtesy Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

'Italian fishing fleet in for Easter,' reads the caption on this Leslie Jones photo taken on April 20, 1930 in Boston. The boats are moored at T-Wharf, now gone except as part of Long Wharf.

The fishermen no doubt lived in Boston's North End. In 1930, the Italian population peaked in the tiny neighborhood, with 44,000 people crammed into a square mile. The neighborhood was 99.9 percent Italian. One historian said the parking lot at Disneyworld was three times as big as the North End.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Laura Deslauriers Bergeron

    April 20, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Hurricane

  2. Bobo Leach

    April 20, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Certainly looks like a storm passe through, or early Boston drivers 😉

  3. Molly Landrigan

    April 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    Years ago there was a great restaurant at the end of T wharf. Can’t remember the name.

  4. John Kilcommons

    April 21, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    It was Easter. No one was out fishing that day

  5. New England Historical Society

    April 21, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    ^John Kilcommons, You are correct!

  6. Bobo Leach

    April 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Looks like parking in East Boston! lol

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