Even when you know that the places and structures around you are steeped in history, sometimes it can be hard to imagine how they must have looked way back when. That’s why historical photos captivate us so thoroughly – peering into the past can be fascinating and addictive.

Take a look at this old footage of Boston in the 1930s. Besides being peppered with old-timey jokes, the film is full of mesmerizing shots of familiar places in completely unfamiliar garb. The streets of Boston seem positively wide and spacious when you see them teeming with vintage automobiles. People stroll around Boston Common in full skirts and heels. Even the narrator speaks in that particular lilt that seems such a relic of gentler times.

Sure, there are plenty of differences. But I have to admit, seeing how much of Boston hasn’t changed in almost 100 years is actually the most shocking part of this film. Just think: some of your grandparents or parents might have been captured by this camera’s lens as they went about their daily business in the capital city.

Did you learn anything new from this ancient film? Do you like watching old footage of familiar places?

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