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Salem Public Library and Salem Historical Society Digital Collection

This collection is a series of photographs that tell the history of Salem, Ohio and its surrounding areas.



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Picture of Hands Across America participants in Salem, Ohio as a part of the nationwide event on May 25, 1986.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Events, People
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Postcard of Ponderosa Park, an outdoor music venue formerly located on Salem Warren Rd in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Parks & Recreation, Postcards
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Picture of The Red Barn restaurant located at 763 E. State St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Restaurants
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Picture of SOHIO gas station with Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the background on N. Lincoln Ave. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Restaurants, Automobiles
A photograph of Thomas Alva Edison and Arthur Brisbane visiting The Mullins Plant in Salem, Ohio in Brisbane's touring car. Edison and Brisbane were friends of W. H. Mullins and annually visited the plant on their way to a picnic at Harvey Firestone's farm in Columbiana, Ohio.
Topics: Columbiana (Ohio), Salem (Ohio), Thomas A. Edison, William H. Mullins, Mullins Company, Firestone...
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by Joe Burkhart
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Picture of a boy standing in front of Porky The Paper Eater at Idora Park, a former amusement park in Youngstown, Ohio.
Topics: Youngstown (Ohio), People, Idora Park, Amusement Park
Series of pictures from a feature story about the Smith Family from September 1949 issue of Chrysler Motors Magazine. Joe Smith, an independent Chrysler dealer who started a Chrysler garage in Salem, Ohio in 1924 was one one of the original 100 Chrysler dealers.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People, Automotive, Businesses
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by Jean Esposito
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Picture of Salem firefighters putting out a building fire as people watch in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Events, People
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Picture of the inside of Isaly's taken in 1942 located at 241 E. State St. in Salem, Ohio. 
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Dairies, People
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Picture of downtown Salem, Ohio looking down State St.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Automobiles
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Picture of Mullins Company in Salem, Ohio standing with the Diana statue design by Augustus Saint-Gaudens for Madison Square Garden and later as a part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Art, People
Picture of the ferris wheel at Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio.
Topics: Youngstown (Ohio), Amusement Park
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Picture of the flood waters at the Electric Furnace Co. on Wilson St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Flood
A picture of station attendants (Walt Kennedy and Oscar Gelelter) outside the Sinclair Hall Super Service Station located at the corner of 113 E State St and Woodland on March 6, 1943.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Automotive, People
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Shown here is a sidewalk view of downtown Salem, Ohio. No date provided but the image shows both motorized vehicles and horse and buggies on the street. This late 19th century/early 20th century image shows a typical business day in Salem, Ohio. 
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Salem (Ohio), Buildings
Picture of the Fun House at Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio.
Topics: Youngstown (Ohio), Amusement Park
Picture of service station employee approaching a car at a Shell Service Station located at 1041 E. State St in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Automobile
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Picture of State St. in downtown Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People, Automobiles
Picture of Christmas lights decorations in downtown Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Christmas
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by Joe Burkhart
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Picture of the Kooky Castle and Whacky Shack rides at Idora Park, a former amusement park in Youngstown, Ohio.
Topics: Youngstown (Ohio), Idora Park, Amusement Parks
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by McCall Corporation
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A catalog printed by McCall Corporation with fashion patterns for November 1964 provided by McCullochs located in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Department Stores, Businesses
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Picture of Dolly Parton performing at Ponderosa Park, an outdoor venue at 9362 Salem Warren Rd. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Music, People
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Picture of newspaper clipping of Pfc Franklin D. Sturgeon of Salem, pictured on the left, serving with Ninth Air Force bomber base in England during WW2.
Topics: People, Military, England
Picture of people enjoying ice skating on a pond in winter.
Topics: People, Sports
Picture of Christian Church located in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Churches
Picture of children playing on the playground outside of McKinley Elementary during the winter. The building is still standing but is no longer a school located on Cleveland St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), School, People
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Postcard of McKinley Ave looking east in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Postcards
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by John Pridon
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Picture of a tower built on the residential property of a house on the northwest corner of N. Ellsworth Ave. and 16th St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Residences
A pdf of McCulloch's Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas catalog.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Department Stores, Businesses
Photograph of a farmhouse in Salem, Ohio originally built by Jonas Cattell, a Quaker and state senator, around 1808. It was possibly mentioned in the poem, "Out of The Mist", by W. Don Hise. Currently stands as an historic landmark of the Underground Railroad with a hidden upstairs closet that served as secret compartment.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Residences, Buildings, Underground Railroad
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Picture of the Salem Dairy Queen located at 987 W. State Street, Salem, Ohio. 
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Restaurants, Businesses, Ice Cream
Picture of Taylor's Coffee Shop in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Restaurants, Businesses
Picture of Gulf Service Station that was located at 1136 E. State St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Automobile
Postcard of the Salem China Company factory located in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Postcards
Team photo of a semi-pro football team from Salem, Ohio from 1909-1915.  Back Row L-R: John Allen, Donald "Pete" Scullion, Bernie Huff, Chris Zelle, Joe Gray, Kirby "Rat" Walker, Dan Leasure, Ducky Moff. Front Row L-R" Thomas Hallwood, (No first name) McCave, Fred Munsell, Charles "Stitt" Hinckley, Clarence "Drouze" Scullion, Jake Sprowl, Elmber "Monk" Kesselmire
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People, Sports
Picture of people enjoying the Centennial Park Pool in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People, Parks & Recreation
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by RT Curtis
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Picture of display in Kaufman Bros. grocery store.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses
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Picture showing the empty Hotel Lape building on corner of State St. and Ellsworth Ave., Salem, Ohio. No Date.
Topics: Hotels, Businesses, Salem (Ohio)
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During the 1920s, youngsters used a Quaker Oats box to make a crystal radio set. Also required was a set of earphones, a crystal, a "cat's whisker" and some wire.
Topics: Radios, People
Picture of the nightlife on E. State St. in Salem, Ohio. It would have been taken sometime before October 1964 when the Metzger Hotel (which can be seen in the photo) burned down.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People, Businesses
Picture of three children checking out with the cashier at Paul and Gene's Convenience Store located at 1750 E. State St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, People, Grocery
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Picture of the flood waters against the guard shack at Electric Furnace Co. on Wilson St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Flood
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Picture of Broadway Ave. looking north in downtown Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Buildings
Sells Service Station located on the corner of 8th St. and Ellsworth Ave in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Automotive
A photo of the old the Crystal Restaurant located along East State Street where Heggy's Candy now stands (2019).
Topics: Restaurants, People, Businesses, Salem (Ohio)
Picture of the trolley lines along the corner of N. Lincoln and Third St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Trolley
Picture of Salem high school students partaking in lunch at the school cafeteria.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), School, People
Postcard of the interior of Mullins Co. boat shop in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses
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Picture of Dogs N Suds restaurant which was located on W. State St across from where the FrostStop was located in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Restaurants
Picture of the old Salem Post Office was located on the northwest corner of State St. and Lincoln Ave. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Buildings
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Picture of storefronts in downtown Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses
Postcard of the former Salem High School in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Education
Picture of Billy Ray Cyrus performing at Ponderosa Park, an outdoor venue at 9362 Salem Warren Rd. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Music, People
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Picture of a man walking west on W. State St. in downtown Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Buildings
Picture of two men standing in the middle of the intersection of State St. and Ellsworth Ave. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People
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Picture of the flood waters next to a building in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Flood
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Picture of checkout line at a Salem grocery store.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People, Businesses
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Picture of a guy in a car surrounded by flood waters in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Flood, Automobiles, People
Picture of an advertisement for Mullins Pressed Steel Boats. W.H. Mullins Company was a factory based out of Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Advertisements
Picture of the aftermath of a fire that destroyed two three-story buildings on S. Broadway Ave. in Salem, Ohio on February 23, 1924.  The blaze began around 9:30 pm and took 10 hours to put out.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Buildings, Events
A picture of a Sinclair Service Station located at 1109 E. State St. in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Automotive
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Shown here is a view looking east on State Street, Salem, Ohio. The prominent building on the right is the J.C. Penny Company Store. Also shown is the location of the M.L.Young Insurance Company. The owner M.L.Young was the grandfather of Gene Young, founder of Farmers National Bank. 
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Buildings, Salem (Ohio)
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Andalusia Dairy was founded in April 1897 by J. Twing Brooks. The farm where the old dairy operated is located on the Albany Road, Salem, Ohio. Ice cream was first made in 1914 when the company served the delicacy to Mullins Co. guests and employees when their new plant was opened.
Topics: Dairies, Salem (Ohio), Products
Shown is photograph taken of Main Street looking east in downtown from Lundy Avenue in Salem, Ohio. The Baptist Church spire is shown in the background of the photograph. 
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Salem (Ohio)
Picture of Salem China Company located at 1000 S. Broadway Ave in Salem, Ohio. The southern most portion of the factory was destroyed in a fire on July 23, 2003.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses
Shown is a view of downtown Salem, Ohio during the city's centennial in 1906. Patriotic flags and banners adorn the buildings along the street and poles are decorated in honor of the event. 
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Events, Salem (Ohio), Centennial Celebrations, Parades
A picture of the Western Auto Associate Store in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Businesses, Automotive
Postcard of the Landing at Shelton's Grove on the Little Beaver Creek in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Postcards, Parks & Recreation
Drawing of the Silver Manufacturing Co. factory in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Drawings, Businesses
Picture of First Christian Church located at 1151 E. 6th St in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Churches
A letter dated December 24, 1932 announcing a Christmas bonus for the employees of the Woolworth store located in Salem, Ohio.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), Woolworth, Writing, Businesses
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Picture of checkout line at a Salem grocery store.
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People, Businesses
Picture of Kindergarten class portrait of 1930 at the Memorial Building. 1st row L-R: Junior Murley, Gene Howell, Mabel Hostetler, Mary Byers, Jimmy Wilson, Mary Mullins, Billy Mullins, Arthur Hoover, Charles Gibbs, Bobby Fox, Joseph Benedict, Audrey Welsk 2nd row L-R: Earl Miller Walter Brian, Dick Culberson, Elinore Eschliman, Dorothy Haldi, Helen Bowman, Wilda Paxson, Billy Stratton, Junior Demeo, Virginia Snyder 3rd Row L-R: Billy Beardmore, Clyde Crew, Billy Grafton, Anna Cosgarea,...
Topics: Salem (Ohio), People, School
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by Dale Shaffer
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Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) at 156 N. Lincoln Ave, Salem, Ohio. Photo taken December 31, 1999.
Topics: Restaurants, Businesses, Salem (Ohio)
MacMillan 's Bookstore has the last cast iron front in Salem, Ohio. Also, MacMillan's became the first wallpaper store in Salem, Ohio. While the Schilling Dry Goods Co. carried some paper for covering boxes, Joel MacMillan sold the first wallpaper for the home.
Topics: Bookstores, Businesses, Buildings