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A Boston story in 50 words

Brainiac -- Drummer girls, probably burlesque. (Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
Boston Public Library/Leslie Jones Collection

Scollay Square, circa 1918. My barely teenage grandfather finagles his way into a burlesque show. On a school day. Applauding, he hears a familiar voice behind him. He freezes. He slowly turns. His father, clapping, definitely not at work. Did their eyes meet fleetingly, or did he only imagine it?

— Stephanie Torlone, North Stonington, Conn.

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