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Boston Post Canes

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Boston Post Canes

Boston Post Canes

Boston Post Canes

Only Available in Archive Formats.

In 1909, the publisher of the Boston Post came up with a unique idea to publicize his newspaper. He passed out ebony canes with gold handles to towns throughout New England, with instructions that they be given to the town's oldest resident, and then passed along to the next oldest when that resident died. The tradition outlasted the now-defunct newspaper, but as Maine Public Radio's Matthew Algeo reports, the tradition is disappearing.