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Standing Room Only: 1903

Standing Room Only: 1903

Boston, 1903. "London honorables entering Trinity Church (Copley Square)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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The historie booke

Stanton_square presents us an article in the New York Times of a similar meeting two years later. But there is also a written report of the meeting shown, published by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachussets:

The historie booke : done to keep in lasting remembrance the joyous meeting of the Honourable Artillery Company of London and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of the Massachusetts in the towne of Boston, A.D. 1903 / [written and] edited by Justin H. Smith.

The historie booke

There is an e-book version of it, which you may borrow in libraries in Canberra or Adelaide.

A very different Copley Square

Immediately to the right of Trinity Church is the Westminster Hotel, last seen here: Next to it is part of MIT's old campus, before the university moved to Cambridge in 1916. The Hancock Tower now sits on both sites. On the far right is the original home of the Museum of Fine Arts, prior to its 1907 move to Huntington Ave; it is now the site of the Copley Plaza hotel.

Old Glory

The 45 star version of Old Glory flying in the breeze shows alternating 7 star and 8 star rows but seems to end two stripes short of filling the entire canton. This flag was used 1896 to 1908.

Where's Waldo?

Looks like a Martin Handford's illustration.

Visiting Artillerymen

New York Times, October 5, 1905.

The Honourables in Church.

Visiting Artillerymen as Guests of
British Residents of Boston.

BOSTON, Oct. 4 —The quietness of the Sabbath was stirred to-day by the sound of martial music as the Honourable Artillery Company of London and their hosts, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of this city marched through some of the Back Bay streets to Trinity Church. The services in that edifice had been arranged by the British residents of this city, and the parade included, besides the two military bodies, those army and navy veterans of the British service whose homes are in this city. The novelty of a military parade on Sunday proved very attractive, and the line of the march was well lined with spectators. …

A Patch of Blue

They seem to have run out of stars before they ran out of blue on that version of the American flag.

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