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Real Bostonians may not call their city Beantown, but the nickname has been in place for quite a while. How exactly it came to be is debatable—some say sailors made it up, others that it arose from one or another civic event. What's for certain is that starting in the early 1900s, Boston produced postcards and other tourist materials with this catchy slogan, which may well have led to the Beantown moniker. But however it began, it reflects the place of pride baked beans occupy in Boston's culinary landscape.