We’ve always known that Dirty Old Boston: Four Decades of a City in Transition is something special, but we’re thrilled to announce that the judges at The New England Book Show agree! The hit title received third place in the show’s coffee table books contest category. Judges remarked that they were “really impressed with the variation in photo size and the ability to gracefully include so many photographs in one project.”
Inspired by the Facebook page he originally created as a salute to the city he grew up in, Jim Botticelli wrote Dirty Old Boston to chronicle the people, streets, and buildings from the postwar years to 1987. From ball games to dive bars, and amidst an ever-changing skyline, Dirty Old Boston captures some of the city’s most dramatic and tumultuous events including the wholesale razing of neighborhoods, Boston’s busing crisis, and the continual fight for affordable housing.
Were you around Beantown during those years? Dirty Old Boston’s online following is currently seeking prom photos; whether you were Joe College or Joe Sixpack, the Belle of the Ball or The Girl With Bad Hair, they want to see it! Send in your photos to Jim on Facebook, and pick up a copy of the award-winning photographic compilation—and see why everyone loves it—on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble, on our website, or wherever books are sold.