The Swan Boats are the harbinger of spring to native Bostonians
Make Way for Ducklings The Swan Boats are the harbinger of spring to native Bostonians. Famed in the stories Make Way for Ducklings and The Trumpet of the Swan, the Swan Boats are the only boats of their kind in the world! For over 120 years, the Swan Boats have appeared in Boston’s Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in the United States, established in 1837 This Boston tradition dates back to 1877 when Robert Paget was granted a boat for hire license by the City of Boston. He developed a catamaran which housed a paddle wheel arrangement that was foot-propelled. To cover the captain, Robert suggested a swan! The idea came to him from his familiarity with the opera Lohengrin. The opera is based on a medieval German story in which Lohengrin, a knight of the Grail crosses a river in a boat drawn by a swan to defend the innocence of his heroine, Princess Elsa. Robert lived only one year after the first Swan Boats were launched. His wife Julia, a young widow with four children, assumed full management of the new enterprise. In 1914, Julia's youngest son, John carried on the family tradition. The current fleet consists of six boats, the oldest of which was built by John in 1918. John and his wife Ella raised six children, all of whom spent many summers working on the boats. John’s son Paul took over the helm in 1969. The tradition, which began over 120 years ago, has grown to become a symbol of Boston and the city's unique blend of history and beauty.
Playoff Classics: Boston Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers (1982 Eastern Conference Finals - Game 7)
A short 4 minute video that documents pitching great Satchel Paige
Satchel Paige Satchel Paige is often referred to as the “Babe Ruth” of the Negro League. He played for over 20 years on several teams in the Negro League and was widely considered to be the league’s greatest ever pitcher. In 1948, Paige became Major League Baseball’s oldest ever rookie when he signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians. At 42 years of age, he went 6-1 for the Indians and helped led the Tribe to a World Series victory. Satchel Paige continued pitching for several more seasons in the majors, including making All Star Game appearances in 1952 and 1953 as a St. Louis Brown, at the ages of 46 and 47. He even made a brief cameo appearance at age 59 for the Kansas City Athletics in 1965. Satchel Paige was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first ever inductee from the Negro League.
CLASSIC MOVIE SCENES
TV Show of the Day
Gene Rayburn hosts the Match Game | Pilot episode 1962
View Melissa Gilbert's audition - she was one of many girls who auditioned for the role of Laura Ingalls in "Little House on the Prairie"
Ted Williams - The Boston Red Sox
Classic Pin Up Girl Posters
They were great to watch
Jack and Arnie
Jack and Arnie
You have a choice of three versions of our collectible edition to select from. 52-pages, 100-pages (special oversized edition) and our 104-page version (hard cover). Enjoy your stroll down memory lane!
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