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Then and now: Division 16 police station, Boston, Massachusetts

Almost 100 years ago, my great-grandfather David T. Ryan was among the many officers of the Boston Police Department to strike in September of 1919. During the eleven years that he served, from 1908 until then, he was assigned to Division 16 in the Back Bay on Boylston Street. The building still stands today, although it's no longer a police department but apparently an architectural college. I'll blog more about his career and the strike this year, but for now this is a photo of the building he worked in in 1914, and then as of August 2018. The first image is courtesy of Wikipedia and the second is a screenshot from Google maps. It really hasn't changed much, has it? Right now, I would love to find a photo of David Ryan. I know that the Boston Police Department is putting together something to commemorate the strikers, and it would be nice to pass it on to them.

Last Dinner on the Titanic

I love history. I also love food. I love the history of food. So when I came across Last Dinner on the Titanic: Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner by Rick Archbold on Amazon, it pretty much jumped into my cart and bought itself. Lately, I've been trying to cool it on buying books... I honestly haven't been actually reading much lately, due to being busy and tired from work, and to needing bifocals (because being horribly nearsighted wasn't enough -- yay, middle age!). Right now, when reading a paper book, I have to either take my current glasses off or hold the book away from me. But this is one book I have managed to read, and I'm so glad I got it. It's a treasure for anyone fascinated in Edwardian cuisine and/or the Titanic specifically. It has not only menus for each class, but also gives recipes. Granted, some of the recipes are by admission best guesses, but this still serves as a nifty guide if you should endeavor to put on the eleven-course firs