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The location of the Charles H. Cutting Fish and Oyster Market, 359 Main Street.

Last week, we asked our readers to help us identify the photograph of the Fish and Oyster Market pictured below.  Thanks to PJN, we learned that it is the Charles H. Cutting Fish and Oyster Market, located at 359  Main Street, on the corner of Moore Street.

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We found this ad in the Cambridge Historic Newspaper Collection, in the May 21st 1887 edition of the Cambridge Chronicle.

359 Main Street is now the location of Newtowne Court – Moore Street no longer exists.

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Not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Thanksgiving, but this certainly is a creative and amusing attempt to get in on the spending frenzy that often accompanies the holiday.

Advertisement for heavy underwear from the Cambridge Chronicle, 22 November 1902

From Cambridge Chronicle, November 22, 1902, issue, available through the Cambridge Room’s Historic Cambridge Newspapers collection

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Our Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection was featured on the front page of last Thursday’s Cambridge Chronicle.  Thank you Cambridge Chronicle!

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18 April 1914 edition of the  Cambridge Chronicle.

Do you read the Cambridge Chronicle?  Have you ever used the Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection?  We’re conducting a brief survey to learn about the ways that users read and access Cambridge news, specifically the Cambridge Chronicle.   Take our short, 10 question survey here.

Thank you for your participation!

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Invitation to the Graduation Exercises for the Class of 1865, Cambridge High School.

On July 14th, 1865, 43 students graduated from Cambridge High School.  The next day the Cambridge Chronicle covered the ceremony in detail.  Read all about it here.  After the ceremony, a dance was held.  The Cambridge Room recently acquired the invitation pictured above as well as a dance card.  See if you recognize any of the dances that all the 18 year olds knew in 1865.

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Cambridge High School, Class of 1865 Dance Card, 14 July 1865.

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18 April 1914 edition of the  Cambridge Chronicle.

Do you read the Cambridge Chronicle?  Have you ever used the Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection?  We’re conducting a brief survey to learn about the ways that users read and access Cambridge news, specifically the Cambridge Chronicle.   Take our short, 10 question survey here.

Thank you for your participation!

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In late 19th Century America, “blizzard” was a new word.  In 1881, when the Cambridge Chronicle decided to investigate it, the newspaper claimed that “blizzard” didn’t yet appear in any dictionary.  The Chronicle defines it is a word of Western origin, meaning “colder than blazes.”  It seems as if the Chronicle was having a little fun with its readers.   Yet, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “blizzard” wasn’t used to describe snow until it became a favorite word of journalists to describe the severe winter of 1880-81.

Read the Chronicle‘s February 26, 1881 tongue-in-cheek take on the word “blizzard.”  We promise it will make you laugh, especially given our snowy day today:   http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com/cgi-bin/cambridge?a=d&d=Chronicle18810226-01.2.30&srpos=11&dliv=none&e=——-en-20–1–txt-txIN-%22blizzard%22—–

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