With more than 230 historic photographs, Salem, Ohio provides an excellent visual image of what the past was like in a little Quaker town called Salem. Covering the time period from 1850 to 1956, this book offers a glimpse of the downtown of yesteryear, with photos of the old buildings, businesses, trolley cars, and homes. The people of Salem are also shown as they looked, worked, and played in earlier times. Every photo in Salem, Ohio is a conversation piece with a unique story to tell, which represents a small part of the city’s history. Salem has always been seen as a quiet, traditional, and peaceful city―largely because it was founded by Quakers. In fact, the name Salem, which comes from the word “Jerusalem,” literally means “City of Peace.” The city has many claims to fame, including its active role in the Underground Railroad and the Anti-Slavery Movement. Salem was also the site of Ohio’s first Women’s Suffrage Convention in 1850. Salem has long been the industrial manufacturing center of the area, providing jobs for thousands of workers from miles around. Product names like Mullins, Deming, Silver, Eljer, American Standard, and Bliss have been an important part of both the Salem and world economies for many years.
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Dale E. Shaffer has put together a fascinating book of images that will help introduce readers to historic Salem, as well as serve future generations as a convenient reference source of factual information.
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