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Cartoon Throwback: Boston Parking Problems [Part 2]

With traffic, street closings, narrow one-way streets, sporadic construction, and street cleaning, parking is an ongoing issue in the North End neighborhood. What many may not know is that this issue with parking is not a new development. In fact, this has been a problem in the city of Boston for almost one hundred years. In 1926, Our Boston Magazine hosted a cartoon competition to portray the problems or adventures of parking an automobile in the city of Boston. Featuring a $10.00 reward for the winning cartoon! The winning cartoon was to be decided by the opinion of an appointed committee, with the cartoons being drawn in black ink on white paper or cardboard. Part 2: Featured in the October, 1926 issue is one of the finalists in the cartoons competition, earning Third Cartoon, an Honorable Mention. 


A special thanks to Anne M. Pistorio for her dedicated research at the Boston Public Library.

Howe, Norman J. “Boston’s Parking Problem.” Our Boston Oct. 1926: n. pag. Print.

See Part 1 in this series of Throwback Cartoons.