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Photos of Roslindale

Area Schools

Bussey Bridge


Fire and Police


Pictorial Memories


Trains and Streetcars

Recreating this website was a labor of love for me. Even though I no longer live in Roslindale, my wish is to some day return; however, if that never happens I will always consider myself a "Rossie girl."

My father immigrated from Italy in the mid 1950s and was determined to make a life and raise a family in the United States. He worked long, tireless hours at multiple jobs, and in the mid 60s after saving enough money, he moved his growing family from a tiny apartment in a 3-story Brownstone in Dorchester to Roslindale, where he purchased his first home. I still remember with great fondness, the day we (including my grandmother) all crammed into his 1963 Chevy Biscayne to see the new house located at the top of a hill on a tree lined dead end street. It was a little bit of a culture shock for me, but after having lived on a noisy, heavily trafficked street, I soon learned to appreciate the peace and quiet of our Roslindale neighborhood. Roslindale would soon become the community where I lived, prayed, played, went to school, made friends and worked until I married a Roslindale boy and moved away.

The memory of my experience and images of the Roslindale where I grew up are still very vivid in my mind. I can't drive by certain streets, landmarks or even the Square, (oops, I mean Village) without remembering what was there before, or recalling a personal memory. Sometimes looking at old photographs brings back more than just memories; it sparks frozen moments in time. I still love Roslindale to this day, and even though my dad has passed away, he made a great decision when he decided to move his family to a safe and healthy neighborhood. The people and faces have changed since I lived there, but the happy, thriving community atmosphere has not.

The following pages are dedicated to all those wonderful memories and people that made up the magnificent community that is still Roslindale. If you have pictures you'd like to share, please email them to the Roslindale Historical Society at roslindalehistorical@gmail.com and I'd be happy to display your pictures on these webpages.

I found many of these photos online and would like to give credit where credit is due. If you took these photos or they belong to your family, please let us know and your name will be credited to them.

Enjoy the history and the memories!

- M. Ventresca Bennett


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Maria Ventresca Bennett

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