I came to this board after being involved with watching the Olde Boston Bulldogge yahoo group.
Part of the issue with OBB is the same as the AB. Not that it really is a problem but OBBs from breeder to breeder look very different. Wired Kennels has some REALLY nice looking dogs and so does O'Klassic. Rutan is probably the oldest breeder of OBBs. However, Wired, O'Klassic and Rutan all have dogs that look very different. I mean they look so different that most observers would think they are different breeds.
Rutan's have a more pit looking appearance. He has officially stated that there is no pit blood in them. Wired Kennels has the only IOEBA Champion OBB named Kodiak. He is a really nice looking dog.
Back to the boston terriers, OBBs say they are the anciestor of boston terriers and by appearance that maybe true but I seriously doubt any of the OBBs of today could be traced back to dogs that predated boston terriers. Yes a lot of OBBs of today look like Judge Hooper's Boston Bulldogs but that doesn't mean they are.
I believe that the OBBs of today are a re-creation of the boston bulldog. That being the case I do not believe old throwback boston terriers are really OBBs.
I believe Boston Terriers have their own place in their current breed to be working dogs. The other issue with throwback boston terriers is they are just anomalies. There are a few boston terrier breeders that consistently put out large boston terriers but for the most part, if you find a large boston terrier, it just happened to be the largest out of the litter.