Flying around olde Boston

Interesting to see how much has changed - and hasn't - since the 1920s:

Via ArchBoston.org.

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    Nice film

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    You will be tested on it.

    Was this film dated most by:

    A) Technical quality
    B) Automobiles
    C) Everyone on street wearing suits and hats
    D) The proud, optimistic, industrious spirit
    E) Harvard's endowment being "over 100 million dollars"

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    F) The automobiles pictured

    F) The automobiles pictured downtown were actually moving. In neat, orderly rows, no less.

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    And the pedestrians

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    were jaywalking all over the place.

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    F and G...

    F) The now-ironic "contrast" between the colonial-era Old State House and the modern, slender Customs House "skyscraper"

    G) The narrator's accent, somewhere between WWII-era radio announcer, Bostonian, and Kermit the Frog, which reveals the film's true surprise:

    This narrator was the historical basis for Art Carney's Ed Norton.

    Oh, Chef of the Future, can it core a apple?

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    Very cool first thing I

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    Very cool

    first thing I noticed. Not one t-shirt or pair of jeans in sight.

    Second, no traffic.

    Third, no Spare change guy?

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    "who fifty years ago,

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    "who fifty years ago, founded a religion in *conservative* Boston."

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    very cool

    I was struck more by what hasn't changed.

    The classic touristy vistas are largely the same!

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    Really enjoyed that

    What a great film. Amazing how much is still the same. Funny that it should stop at the Wayside Inn.
    It was the cars that finally clinched the era for me!!

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    Old State House

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    Somebody please help me out.

    When I first saw the Old State House in the 1970's, there was no lion and unicorn. In recent years, the lion and unicorn were restored. At that time, I read somewhere that those two beasts were torn down by angry colonists and were not restored until that recent restoration. Based on this short movie, I was obviously misinformed. Can anybody tell me where I went astray, on this matter only? Thanks.

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    Google it

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    I don't know what was there in the 1970s but they were torn down in 1776 & replaced in an 1882 restoration.

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