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Boston Sightseeing Tours of Yore

Duck Tours have always struck me as a bit goofy and a weak alternative to the Freedom Trail.   The tours are popular with tourists however and someday I may just take one if guests are in town who want to sample the local schtick.

Who knew that goofy tours have a long history in Boston?  This vintage postcard – “Sight Seeing Auto. The Ride I Took In Boston, Mass.” – gave me a chuckle.  It dates from 1908 but bears an uncanny resemblance to today’s Duck Tours.

Vintage Boston Sightseeing Tour Postcard

Vintage Boston Sightseeing Tour Postcard

A man named Frank sent the postcard to his sister Anna in Manchester NH.  It was postmarked October 19th. Seems that Frank’s visit to Boston coincided with Indian Summer – he writes “it is awful warm down here, the thermometer registers seventy-eight yesterday. The trees on West Newton Street are in bloom just as on a spring day”.

Cheesy tourist rides.  It’s tradition.

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  1. stan rodliffe

    I’ve come across something similar amongst the souvenirs brought or sent back to the UK by one of my ancestors visiting North America around 1910. See the website for the image. The big question is where was my photo taken? Until I know that I’m not sure who to look for.

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