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Anna May Wong, one of the first well known  Chinese American actresses, starred in movies such as  Piccadilly, Daughter of the Dragon, and Daughter of Shanghai. She was born in 1905 and began acting when she was only a teenager, quickly achieving international fame. Her film The Toll of the Sea, which came out in 1922, was one of the first movies made in color. In the late 1920s, Anna, frustrated by stereotypical roles she was being given in Hollywood, left for Europe. In Europe, she received more opportunities, starring in both plays and films.

Anna returned to the United States in 1930s when Paramount Studios  offered her a contract. Although she was often asked to play stereotyped characters, Anna worked to portray Chinese Americans more authentically and in a positive light. During World War II, she took a break from acting, and spent time and money advocating against the Japanese invasion of China. Anna’s TV show The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong made US television history as the first show starring an Asian American lead in 1951. Anna planned a return to film, but passed away in 1961.

The picture above shows Anna May Wong near the end of her life. She bought two tickets to a Charity Field Day and stands in the photograph with then Deputy Mayor John McMorrow.

Actress Anna May Wong is sold two tickets to the Mayor’s Charity Field Day by Deputy Mayor John McMorrow, circa 1960-1961, Mayor John F. Collins records, Collection #0244.001, City of Boston Archives, Boston

Blog post by Monica Haberny, City Archives Outreach Intern

“It is both a time for repentance and a time for thanks,” intones the mayor.

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

I tend to skip over this part and jump to the reapings. But this time it struck me. Repentance is a word most often associated with a religious lexicon. Thoughts?

On this day in 1960, John F. Kennedy received the Democratic Party nomination for President.

Prior to running for president, Kennedy represented Boston as both a Congressman and a Senator. Here’s a photo of Kennedy with Boston Mayor John Collins, sometime in the early 1960s.

Mayor John F. Collins records, Collection #0244.001, City of Boston Archives, Boston


A toxin discovered in a northwestern Ohio treatment plant left 500,000 people scrambling for drinking water for a second day Sunday.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins said preliminary testing showed toxin levels were improving at the city’s plant, but he said officials were waiting for federal officials to analyze more samples before determining if the water is safe to drink.

“All of the results continue to improve, which gives us hope,” Collins said Sunday. “But this is not over yet.”

Residents of Toledo, its suburbs and small areas of southeastern Michigan began lining up for water Saturday after news of the contamination surfaced. Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a state of emergency for Lucas, Wood and Fulton counties and deployed the National Guard to make water available to the area.

The National Guard had produced 33,000 gallons of drinkable water by Sunday morning, and an additional 15,000 gallons had been delivered in collapsible containers.

The water problem was complicated because boiling the water, a common tool to combat contamination, only serves to make the toxin more concentrated, officials said.