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Historic Salem

It’s kind of funny to look at a photograph taken in 1930 that shows the reconstruction of a village from the 1600s. The subjects who are preserving history are already historical to us. Today we are visiting Salem, which we now associate with witch trials, Halloween, and the Peabody Essex Museum. But these photographs depict life in a small city from a certain period. The children in front of a parochial school, the dedication of a war memorial, the aftermath of a devastating fire, a train-crossing guard. No trick here, just a photographic treat. — Thea Breite and Lisa Tuite