While working on a post about extended hours at state beaches and pools this weekend, we stumbled upon this shot of a crowded City Point beach in South Boston from around 1931:
The photo was taken by Leslie Jones, who, according to the Boston Public Library, worked for the Boston Herald-Traveler from 1917 to 1956. Sifting through the library's collection of his photos, we found he covered a number of stories over the years — like the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, presidential visits, the Topsfield Fair, even Shirley Temple riding the Swan Boats back in 1938.
Jones' collection of almost 40,000 negatives was given to the Boston Public Library by his family in the early 1970s.
While we had a hard time picking out our favorites — as BPL writes, "his photographs document both the usual and unusual in the daily life of Boston" — we thought these shots of people cooling off on hot summer days were appropriate, as the city prepares to hit 90 for the third day in a row.
Check out the photos below and browse more of the Leslie Jones collection here.