That bottom photo is how I remember the Seaport of my childhood. We'd drive down Summer Street to get to 93 or the big post office or whatever, and it was just a desert. You could see Jimmy's from the intersection at D Street. It was like you left Southie proper, then drove through the plains until you got to the cluster at Fort Point.
The Bear that that was outside the FAO store at the corner of Boylston and Berkeley now lives at the Tufts entrance on Washington St. I just remember the one FAO store in Boston. I don't remember the one in Copley, but that entrance shot looks like Copley. Great find on the photos!
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West Cambridge, 1962, looking east with Alewife Brook Parkway in the foreground