The Waltham Museum

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Over the years, the Waltham Watch Company made many styles of watches. This one is the Waltham Riverside size 16 model. ...
06/09/2020

Over the years, the Waltham Watch Company made many styles of watches. This one is the Waltham Riverside size 16 model. Look at all the tiny pieces that needed to be assembled to make a watch. Assembled all by hand.

Here is a vintage photo of veteran Waltham Firefighters.  The year of the photo is unknown, maybe 1880s? The Waltham vet...
06/08/2020

Here is a vintage photo of veteran Waltham Firefighters. The year of the photo is unknown, maybe 1880s? The Waltham veteran Fire Association was organized May 1874

Here is are 2 pictures of the Waltham Laundry Company, once located on Crescent street. Notice the horses and cars both ...
06/05/2020

Here is are 2 pictures of the Waltham Laundry Company, once located on Crescent street. Notice the horses and cars both working together at the time.

06/04/2020

Our June 21st Event has been postponed until further notice. Please keep checking our FaceBook page for more updates. Stay safe and healthy.

This is a very rare example of a Fireman's helmet from Waltham. it is a Captains hat ladder one.  It was patented in 192...
06/02/2020

This is a very rare example of a Fireman's helmet from Waltham. it is a Captains hat ladder one. It was patented in 1925 so I am pretty sure it is from the mid 20's

As most people know, this fire station is getting a long overdue addition. This photo is from 1910, notice the children ...
06/01/2020

As most people know, this fire station is getting a long overdue addition. This photo is from 1910, notice the children in front of the station. What else can you see in the photo? Have you been inside a fire station on a tour? Do you have any stories? Do tell.

Ezra C. Fitch. 1846-1929.  President of the Waltham Watch Company from 1886-1923. He held several patents, one which is ...
05/31/2020

Ezra C. Fitch. 1846-1929. President of the Waltham Watch Company from 1886-1923. He held several patents, one which is in the photo. This is a holder for wristwatches. He was granted the patent on March 20, 1917. He realized the need for men to start wearing wristwatches so he came up with this idea. If you are wondering why men went away from pocket watches to wristwatches, it wasn't for a fashion statement. The fighting men in Europe needed watches on their wrists. While they were in the trenches the wristwatches made it easier to tell the time. And yes, the Fitch school was named after him.

For the people who don't know, this is the Lyman Estate on Beaver street. For the people who already know, it is the sam...
05/30/2020

For the people who don't know, this is the Lyman Estate on Beaver street. For the people who already know, it is the same place. Deep in history, for example Little Woman was recently filmed here. They also sold part of their land to Bentley University. If you haven't visited this place, I highly recommend it. They have held weddings and other events in the past and I am sure will hold more in the near future. The photo was taken in the 1920's. Even my family is a very small small part of their history. During World War 2, my grandfather had a victory garden on the property.

Most people may already know that the crayon was invented in Waltham by a dentist, Dr. Francis Fields in 1835. This is n...
05/29/2020

Most people may already know that the crayon was invented in Waltham by a dentist, Dr. Francis Fields in 1835. This is not the full story, the company was bought and sold several times, but this will give you an idea of the history of the invention of the crayon. From the book Popular educator sept. 1919.

The History of the Crayon some times known as "Waltham" The teacher who begins her morning's duties holds in her hand a common crayon, which, if it happens to be a "Waltham," covers in the history of its development nearly a century and represents to-day an organization whose business is said to girdle the Earth. In those early days a young farmer sold his land near Waltham, Mass., and moved into the village. He and his young wife were bent on getting on in the world, and the farm seemed to offer only limited opportunities. The young man's name was Zenas Parmenter and while possessed of only limited resources, his bearing and natural ability brought him in contact at once with the more cultured people. He met a young dentist who had conceived of making from powdered chalk a school crayon of more convenient shape to replace the rough and gritty lump chalk then in use. Parmenter and a third companion discussed the possibilities They made moulds of wood and in those moulds the first crayons were made. It was found necessary to bake the crayons and the family oven of the Parmenter home was used, the young wife co-operating in the work. Trips to Boston for the sale of the crayons were assigned to Parmenter. Then the initiative of the young salesman suggested the great city of New York as a likely market for greater sales. He made the trip and succeeded beyond his expectations. Returning, he consulted his partners, but found them indifferent about so risky a venture, involving the expense of so long a journey. They were willing to sell and young Parmenter launched upon his career as the sole owner of the business. He conceived the idea of building machines to replace the wooden equipment and as his business increased he installed a furnace to replace the family oven. About 1835 the business was considered a going concern. Then followed, one by one, the many refinements in manufacture which made 'Waltham" crayons what they are to-day. True they are no longer made at Waltham, but at the great works of the American Crayon Company at Sandusky, Ohio. For almost contemporaneous with the development of 'Waltham" crayons at Waltham, the Cow-dery-Curtis home in Sandusky was the scene of kindred activities. In the latter case wax crayons were also developed and perfected, for use by pupils, students and artists, and even for commercial and industrial purposes The formation of The American Crayon Company by the descendants of the Cowdery Curtis families and the son of Zenas Parmenter, the father of the Waltham Crayons, was a step in economic industrial development said to be amply justified by the tremendous progress of the combined interests. The "Waltham" you use to-day is made in a factory reported to be the largest and most modern of its kind in existence, and the plant is said to reveal wonders in modern equipment, perfect sanitation and economic production.

In 1921, The Gore estate became a country club with a 9-hole golf course. Here is a postcard when it was a Country Club ...
05/28/2020

In 1921, The Gore estate became a country club with a 9-hole golf course. Here is a postcard when it was a Country Club and a picture of the 9-hole course that was designed by Donald Ross. It lasted from 1921 to 1935.

Here is another photo, # 81 by Foster. Check out what is still there, has changed etc. Notice the boathouse..
05/27/2020

Here is another photo, # 81 by Foster. Check out what is still there, has changed etc. Notice the boathouse..

Moody street showing the Embassy and more. What do you remember that you can see from the photo?Notice how large the Emb...
05/27/2020

Moody street showing the Embassy and more. What do you remember that you can see from the photo?

Notice how large the Embassy was.

As noted in the description, here is a picture of Waltham's first motorized fire apparatus with firemen George L. Johnso...
05/25/2020

As noted in the description, here is a picture of Waltham's first motorized fire apparatus with firemen George L. Johnson and Robert Johnson.

This photo is a rare view of the Waltham Watch Factory from 1865, Notice how it has changed over the years,
05/24/2020

This photo is a rare view of the Waltham Watch Factory from 1865, Notice how it has changed over the years,

Sometimes you just want to thank people. Without them, museums wouldn't be what they are today. Robin Capello is on the ...
05/22/2020

Sometimes you just want to thank people. Without them, museums wouldn't be what they are today. Robin Capello is on the right, from the Waltham Museum, and Elana Winkler from the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Contrary to popular opinion, Elana is not married to the "Fonz".

This is the emblem that is on a light roadster bicycle that was made in Waltham. The Waltham Manufacturing plant was loc...
05/21/2020

This is the emblem that is on a light roadster bicycle that was made in Waltham. The Waltham Manufacturing plant was located just off Woerd ave. If you go past the Newton Recycling center, It was located on the left side.

Late 1880s photo of Crescent street, Aside from the horse, you should easily recognize the houses.
05/20/2020

Late 1880s photo of Crescent street, Aside from the horse, you should easily recognize the houses.

Many kids played baseball in their childhood. When and what team did you play on as a child?
05/18/2020

Many kids played baseball in their childhood. When and what team did you play on as a child?

Babyland Stores inc at 390 Moody sold baby furniture. The owners were Max and Evelyn Ostrow. This 14 page train catalog ...
05/15/2020

Babyland Stores inc at 390 Moody sold baby furniture. The owners were Max and Evelyn Ostrow. This 14 page train catalog indicates that they also sold trains. Did you have baby furniture or even Lionel Trains as a child?

This is the Jolly Burger that was on Pine Street. Have you eaten at this place in the past?
05/15/2020

This is the Jolly Burger that was on Pine Street. Have you eaten at this place in the past?

This is a matchbook cover to the Log Cabin on Moody St. The current occupant is the Rendezvous restaurant, across from G...
05/14/2020

This is a matchbook cover to the Log Cabin on Moody St. The current occupant is the Rendezvous restaurant, across from Gordan liquor. Notice the phone number, It was open for business in 1945, I am not sure when it first opened or when it closed. Have you heard of this restaurant? I think the name alone is great. I bet the syrup was delicious

This is a photo of a Coca-Cola canvas tote bag. Coke is a well known product and the company has made hundreds of thousa...
05/11/2020

This is a photo of a Coca-Cola canvas tote bag. Coke is a well known product and the company has made hundreds of thousands of promotional products. This bag mentions Waltham. Did you or a family member work at the Coca-Cola plant on Bear Hill road?

Healthy Waltham
05/10/2020
Healthy Waltham

Healthy Waltham

News coverage of the Watch City Market pantry yesterday. Incredible effort by volunteers, Waltham School Nutrition The Greater Boston Food Bank The City of Waltham and St. Mary Parish. Grateful for the support and that we were able to serve the nearly 700 people who came. Thank you all!

#Waltham #foodpantry #communityresponse #watchcitymarket #hungerrelief
https://www.boston25news.com/news/health/volunteers-hand-out-nearly-3000-bags-groceries-waltham-families/ZMNLYIBTQNDM5JNXHGLYEF5Z34/

It was more than a fundraiser it was community and friends and new neighbors all trying to feel alive trying to part of ...
05/10/2020
Cannoli Fundraiser 05 09 2020 Waltham Museum Uncle Joeys Cannoli for Healthy Waltham

It was more than a fundraiser it was community and friends and new neighbors all trying to feel alive trying to part of something good and something good it was. Goal was 100 orders and in 5 days We achieved 90. Waltham is built from the hands of the people and maintained by the hearts of them.
Much Love..Robin.. Click on the word Cannoli to see the amazing Ads Waltham Museum Director Collin Lenfest designed and 30 + photos of cannoli pickup at Pizzi Farm.

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05/10/2020

It was more than a fundraiser it was community and friends and new neighbors all trying to feel alive trying to part of something good and something good it was. Goal was 100 orders and in 5 days We achieved 90. Waltham is built from the hands of the people and maintained by the hearts of them.
Love Robin
https://photos.app.goo.gl/yLR13TNAL7CU5Nmn7

This building was on the corner of Main and Church Street. It is now a City parking lot.  I remember this being a used b...
05/10/2020

This building was on the corner of Main and Church Street. It is now a City parking lot. I remember this being a used book store. I don't recall the name, what can you recall about this corner of Waltham?

This is a rare Waltham Bank Note.
05/09/2020

This is a rare Waltham Bank Note.

Thank you Lions Club of Waltham..we sold 40 of our 100 goal... The offer we are making is if you buy Cannoli money goes ...
05/08/2020

Thank you Lions Club of Waltham..we sold 40 of our 100 goal... The offer we are making is if you buy Cannoli money goes to Healthy Waltham.. its good for the family..

Help us support food access across Waltham by purchasing cannolis!! No contact pick-up at Pizzi Farms tomorrow. Use this link to order https://www.unclejoeyscannoli.com/fundraising

65 more orders by tonight. Order Gift Cards and/or Fresh delicious yummy Cannoli pick up for tomorrow I have PRIZES!! fo...
05/08/2020

65 more orders by tonight. Order Gift Cards and/or Fresh delicious yummy Cannoli pick up for tomorrow
I have PRIZES!! for the next 4 orders.. Re-Post this with your receipt and tag The Waltham Museum.
First one to post Was Donald he won 5 lotto scratch tickets. , Second winner was Jody she gets 3 scratch tickets.
I see Dan, Sheila and Lila placed Orders!! Post Shout Out for the next two prizes!
TRY THIS LINK NOW!!
YOU ARE ALL SO AWESOME FOR SUPPORTING HEALTHY WALTHAM!
https://www.unclejoeyscannoli.com/fundraising

Second Winner .. Is Jody we sent me the receipt! You won 3 Scratch Tix!! You will have them on your cannoli box tomorrow...
05/08/2020

Second Winner .. Is Jody we sent me the receipt! You won 3 Scratch Tix!! You will have them on your cannoli box tomorrow!https://www.unclejoeyscannoli.com/fundraising

🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🥈

70 more orders by tonight. Order Gift Cards and/or Fresh delicious yummy Cannoli pick up for tomorrow or I can deliver to a fire house, police or nursing home in Waltham for you.
I have PRIZES!! for the next 4 orders.. Re-Post this with your receipt and tag The Waltham Museum.
First one to post wins 5 lotto scratch tix., second gets 3, third gets 2, fourth gets 1. Crank those engines...and GO!

TRY THIS LINK NOW!! YOU ARE ALL SO AWESOME FOR BUYING!!!
https://www.unclejoeyscannoli.com/fundraising

Waiting on Mike Sabin or Jody Gray-Linden to post their receipt and tag the museum!  Its a tight race for second place a...
05/08/2020

Waiting on Mike Sabin or Jody Gray-Linden to post their receipt and tag the museum! Its a tight race for second place and 3 scratch tix!😲🥈?

70 more orders by tonight. Order Gift Cards and/or Fresh delicious yummy Cannoli pick up for tomorrow or I can deliver to a fire house, police or nursing home in Waltham for you.
I have PRIZES!! for the next 4 orders.. Re-Post this with your receipt and tag The Waltham Museum.
First one to post wins 5 lotto scratch tix., second gets 3, third gets 2, fourth gets 1. Crank those engines...and GO!

TRY THIS LINK NOW!! YOU ARE ALL SO AWESOME FOR BUYING!!!
https://www.unclejoeyscannoli.com/fundraising

First Winner!! and a Big Win for his beautiful wife!!Post by Donnie Lucente, I got my Cannoli's ordered, perfect for Mot...
05/08/2020

First Winner!! and a Big Win for his beautiful wife!!
Post by Donnie Lucente, I got my Cannoli's ordered, perfect for Mother's Day and my beautiful wife Christie Jacobs Lucente birthday....I was order number 33. Help support Healthy Waltham and enjoy Uncle Joey's Cannoli's.🏆🏆🏆🏆👄👑👑

70 more orders by tonight. Order Gift Cards and/or Fresh delicious yummy Cannoli pick up for tomorrow or I can deliver to a fire house, police or nursing home in Waltham for you.
I have PRIZES!! for the next 4 orders.. Re-Post this with your receipt and tag The Waltham Museum.
First one to post wins 5 lotto scratch tix., second gets 3, third gets 2, fourth gets 1. Crank those engines...and GO!

TRY THIS LINK NOW!! YOU ARE ALL SO AWESOME FOR BUYING!!!
https://www.unclejoeyscannoli.com/fundraising

70 more orders by tonight. Order Gift Cards and/or Fresh delicious yummy Cannoli pick up for tomorrow or I can deliver t...
05/08/2020

70 more orders by tonight. Order Gift Cards and/or Fresh delicious yummy Cannoli pick up for tomorrow or I can deliver to a fire house, police or nursing home in Waltham for you.
I have PRIZES!! for the next 4 orders.. Re-Post this with your receipt and tag The Waltham Museum.
First one to post wins 5 lotto scratch tix., second gets 3, third gets 2, fourth gets 1. Crank those engines...and GO!

TRY THIS LINK NOW!! YOU ARE ALL SO AWESOME FOR BUYING!!!
https://www.unclejoeyscannoli.com/fundraising

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25 Lexington Street
Waltham, MA
02452

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On for Special Events or Rentals. This Saturday June 15 2019 Open 10:30 -3 pm. for the Grover Cronin Collection. Regular hours are Wednesday Thursday Friday 1-4 adult admission $4.00. Members free.

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