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Mocking Boston: antique edition

A 1911 magazine satire of the city sounds awfully familiar

Taking digs at Boston is almost a national pastime. The city is a little cold, a little snobby, and a little full of itself—as we’re constantly reminded by the barbs of national politicians and the frustrated, if more affectionate, grousing of Bostonians themselves.

Roll back the clock a hundred years, though, and you’ll find...actually, you’ll find the exact same complaints.

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