Vintage Salem Morning!

Town House SquareTown House Square Salem MA 1891

The Stearn Building which housed H.P. Ives Bookstore once was flush with the corner of Short Street, which was long gone even in this photo. The building opposite the Stearn Building, on Short Lane, once held the Massachusetts Provincial Congress, after John Hancock took up Reverend Bentley’s offer to move it here after Boston was invaded during the Revolutionary War.  The offending part of the Stearn Building has been removed to make it now flush to the new corner of Washington Street and Essex Street. Most of the buildings behind it have long since been removed and the new ones are also flushed to the current location of Washington Street.

Also you can see the beginning of the tunnel that led to the underground train station in which goods were smuggled through from the Kinsman Building in the distance. Do you remember the fortune telling machine or the traffic cop in the box from here? Tell us below?

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Vintage Salem Morning

Corner of Essex Street and Saint Peter’s Street

Corner of Essex Street and St. Peters Street with Sign reading Ted Coles

This is the second location of Ted Cole’s Music shop. The first I believe was on the corner of Front and Central Street in a building replaced by a cherry dogwood tree and an air conditioner unit. Previously in the location above was an Eaton Pharmacy. Now the East India Mall and the fountain have closed off Saint Peter’s access to this corner. Can you name where Ted Cole’s final location was?

Send us your favorite vintage Salem photos to info@salemhousepress.com and we will post them and give you a shout out! Also if you have something to add about the photo from family histories, your readings, or your memories, please share them below in the comments section.

Haunted Knapp House

How is this House Connected to the Clue Board Game

Haunted Knapp House from Salem Ma. Joseph Knapp Sr. lived here while his two sons were standing trial and later hanged for a murder they did not commit. This was the murder case that inspired Parker Brother’s version of Clue. The house is haunted. A previous owner actually moved the house back one lot hoping the ghost would stay on the property and not in the house, but the proposal failed and the house is still haunted.

For more great tales visit http://www.salemtunnel tour.com and book a tour with the Salem Smugglers’ Tour today. Book early for the Halloween season!

Vintage Salem Morning!

Archer Building that sat previous on this location the Hawthorne Hoptel is on now.

Location of the Hawthorne Hotel. This is the Franklin Building which was originally called the Archer Block and later Wakefield Place. The Parker Brothers had their first toy store in this building. The drug dealer Thomas Perkins gave the property to the Salem Marine Society in his will. After suffering 6 fires the Salem Marine Society sold it to Frank Poor to build his hotel for his Sylvania business clients. They had one condition, they get to keep their clubhouse on the roof.

Vintage Salem Morning!

Wynott Mills and Salem Lead Works the property lead was obtained from to make the first Dixon #2 pencil.

Wynott’s Mill where magic graphite powder was obtained for Dixon’s #2 Pencils.

Joseph Dixon inventor of the Single Lens Reflex had his factory on North Street in Salem and had the banker George Peabody sell his #2 Pencils at one time. For more great stories about Salem read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin.