Image: Courtesy Cambridge Historical Commission
Image: Courtesy Cambridge Historical Commission

The area surrounding MIT’s Cambridge campus has always been home to industry and manufacturing.

But although the companies in today’s Kendall Square innovation cluster share the same spirit of commerce as their 19th-century predecessors, their products and services have changed with the times—less cutting of wood and metal, and more cutting-edge innovation in health care, computing, and communications.

Here’s a look at things stamped “Made in Kendall,” then and now:

1814–1914 Today
Candy
Steam boilers
Fire hoses
Paper
Furniture
Ladders
Barrels
Soap
Bicycle tires
Glass
Coffins
Bricks
Candy
Biotechnology and pharmaceutical research
Medical devices
Energy storage systems
High-performance database management systems
Software
Mobile apps and games
Cloud computing, hosting, and technology
Internet content delivery networks
Social media and marketing services
Venture capital investments
Start-up, innovation, and lab incubators

Read more: Kendall Square: History in the Making.

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