Arborway Parking, Circa 1939

Automobiles line the Arborway in front of the Arnold Arboretum. Circa 1939. Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Jamaica Plain branch.

Automobiles line the Arborway in front of the Arnold Arboretum. Circa 1939. Courtesy of Boston Public Library, Jamaica Plain branch.

At first glance it might seem these historical autos are caught in some demonic traffic time warp. But this 1939 photo isn’t of a backup along the Arborway. It’s parked cars lining the Arborway in front of the Arnold Arboretum.

For our Photo of the Day on Thursdays, we highlight an image of old JP, most often from the online archives of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society.

The Historical Society’s photo archive is a neighborhood treasure. Please visit it!

If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) “Jamaica Plain,” here are three ways to nominate it as our “Photo of the Day”:

  • Great shot. I wonder where the trees on the left were in relation to today’s layout: some in the median separating the frontage road from the mainline? The grassy part on the right seems to have been narrowed a bit and planted with Red Oaks since 1939. Lilac Sunday, perhaps?