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1925 July 4

Blackington, Alton H.

Pickwick Club disaster

Boston (Mass.) - Copy image of disaster a speakeasy in Boston where the floor collapsed under a crowd of dancers, resulting in 44 deaths.

Alton H. Blackington Collection

1927

Blackington, Alton H.

Protesters supporting Sacco and Vanzetti marching in front of the Massachusetts State House

Boston (Mass.) - Protesters picketing on the sidewalk in front of State House in Boston.

Alton H. Blackington Collection

1927

Blackington, Alton H.

Upton Sinclair selling a copy of his novel Oil! during censorship hearings, standing next to a police box and wearing a sandwich board reading 'Oil!... fig leaf edition'

Boston (Mass.) - "Pictured selling 150 promotional copies of a censored 'fig-leaf' version of his book Oil! on Tremont and Boylston Streets in Boston for $2 per copy. Large fig leaves were printed over Sinclair's text relating a sex scene in a motel, which Boston censors found objectionable. Fig-leaf sign the protester is wearing reads "Oil! Guaranteed 100% pure under Boston Law". Two years later, S... more

Alton H. Blackington Collection

1927 Aug. 22

Blackington, Alton H.

Mounted police in front of the state prison after the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti

Charlestown (Mass.) - Mounted officers in front of State Prison; Sacco and Vanzetti were executed just after midnight on the morning of the execution.

Alton H. Blackington Collection

1927 Aug.

Blackington, Alton H.

In front of the prison on the night of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti

Charlestown (Mass.) - Crowd of police and others in front of the prison gates.

Alton H. Blackington Collection

1927

Blackington, Alton H.

H. B. Six men, probably supporters of Swasey, with a newly-cut Christmas tree, blankets, brooms

Haverhill (Mass.) - From a series of images for the Norris Sunday Herald; feature, lecture. Helen "Gert" Swasey (1855-1934) a noted circus performer (horse act) who had fallen on hard times as she aged, became known for adopting stray dogs and alley cats in the 1920s.

Alton H. Blackington Collection