Hello, My Fellow Retro Boston Lovers! I present a double update for the holiday season today.
First a look back at Boston in 1969. What a year....1969!! Boston was angry at the war...and peace seemed so far off. The moon landing was the BIG NEWS of the year and The Brady Bunch was brand new on ABC TV. Christmas shopping was a way to forget the TV news reports that seemed so unreal...so unhappy. The stores were filled and the ads were numerous in the daily papers. Jordan Marsh was the winner with ads on most pages...but the other stores did their best to catch our attention. Raymond's was still alive and Unkle Eph was hanging on...just!! So enjoy a look back at a time of change...the 1960's was ending....and the Downtown Boston stores would enter the 1970's on very shaky ground!
I found more of Nick DeWolf's amazing photos of Filene's Basement from 1974. With the premier of VOICES FROM THE BASEMENT on WGBH TV, I thought it was fitting to roll out another mini tribute to this Boston legend. The photos clearly show the wonderful hand printed signs and the great old cash registers I recall so vividly from shopping down there! But look at those crowds!!! The basement was a hive of activity no matter when you went in! The tables were always a mess...and hands were always grabbing. The charm....and magic of the basement indeed:-) Nick DeWolf had such a perfect way of capturing the moment for us...thank heavens!!! What a treasure they are!!!
Enjoy....and thanks for a great year on this blog!!!!!
LOOK....My new project!!
The Jordan Marsh Memory Project....check older updates for details!!!
Boston born, Brookline raised Retro Boston Cultural Historian and very eager to get as many memories, photos and newspaper adverts of the once grand stores of the Downtown Boston we all knew and loved. Also I am very busy researching Boston area churches of the past that have since closed or merged into others. All who remember are welcome to contact me with their thoughts, memories and photos to add to any of my blogs.
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