Got historical photos?

TIME TO  BREAK OPEN THE *MOXIE* AND      C * E * L * E * B * R * A * T * E

Robbins Library’s  historical photos and postcards have just gone LIVE  —                             on the Digital Commonwealth website.

Robbins Sisters' dog, Fife

 Meet Fife, the 19th century dog owned by the Robbins Sisters, posing gamely on a chair

This “cabinet card” photo [] is just one in an amazing collection of over 1300 historical images in our Local History collection  that  can now be accessed online.  Our online collection also includes  a collection of Arlington Historical Society photographs.

Here’s the scoop.  To view the historical image collections, just go to the Digital Commonwealth website:  Click on INSTITUTIONS  then scroll down to Robbins Library.

From the comfort of your home, Arlington’s little-known historical treasures, including photos, postcards,  historical maps, and even a set of stained glass miniature studies by artist, Arthur Dallin (son of Arlington sculptor, Cyrus E. Dallin) are now accessible world-wide.

Digital Commonwealth is a non-profit collaborative organization that provides resources and services to support the creation, management, and dissemination of cultural heritage materials held by Massachusetts libraries, museums, historical societies, and archives. Digital Commonwealth currently has over 130 member institutions from across the state.

This site provides access to thousands of images, documents, and sound recordings that have been digitized by member institutions so that they may be available to researchers, students, and the general public.

And for those who are as yet unfamiliar with the drink “Moxie” —

The Thompson School was named in honor of Francis Thompson, a wealthy benefactor of Arlington’s public schools during the early years of the 20 th century. His father had invented the soft drink Moxie, though it was the younger Thompson who turned the venture into a multi-million dollar business after he moved to Arlington. Thompson lived on Pleasant Street for 45 years until his death in 1939.   From the Arlington Advocate (Andy Levin, 2011).  More in-depth info. can be found by going to and searching on the words “Moxie” and “Thompson.”

fun on Wollaston Ave. in winter

fun on Wollaston Ave. in winter            ca 1907     

This project is a work-in-progress.

Comments and questions are welcome.




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