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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.

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