Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Military Themed Items Added To The Collection

The flag and card are from the funeral procession from Salem's fallen soldier Sgt. Ayube. They were passed out along the procession route. The star on the bag is a remembrance piece for Sgt. Ayube. the star comes from a worn US flag.

The Salem Coast Guard search and rescue patch is from the late 1950's or 60's.

The last piece if a V Mail letter from World War II. The sender was a Sgt stationed in New Guinea. It was mailed to a Salem address. The content is about daily life in the Army with some talk about his commanding officer.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Latest Addition: Puleo's Dairy Milk Bottle

This quart size Puleo's Dairy glass bottle is the latest item in the collection. As you can see it contained some of their yummy egg nog. As we tweeted a while ago this year they offer their egg nog in vintage glass bottles.

For display purposes it is filled with Styrofoam beads so you can see the designs. The front has the Puleo's Dairy logo and the back has (in sort of the 1940's look) "Wise mothers choose Puleo's milk".

The egg nog in glass bottles can still be purchased. This was bought from their downtown Salem location on Washington st. It retails for $4.00.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

JC Oil Company Thermometer

I recently hit one of the few stores I regularly go to and saw this J.C. Company Oils thermometer on the shelf and couldn't leave it there. The only clue it is from Salem is the telephone number witch is listed as PIoneer 4-4277 which means it most likely dates to post WWII through the 1960's.
An interesting bit of trivia about Salem's early phone exchange being PIoneer is that we got it since Alexander Graham Bell lived in Salem when he invented the telephone. So, he was a pioneer in the telephone industry and Salem got the exchange.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Political season is upon us!

With the Massachusetts state primary just days away, we've been adding several items in the past days. If you are interested in what we've got in our mailbox just check out the Political section at Either search the page for 2010 or scroll down till you reach the statewide offices!

Also if you get some political junk in your mailbox related to Massachusetts or Salem, you can always check out our contact us page to see how you can donate yours to us.

Always remember we "Preserve the past and present for the future!"

Friday, July 30, 2010

Follow us on Twitter!

We've decided to join the world of Twitter!

Now there is a new way for to keep a running archive of up to the latest news views and interesting items about Salem.

Follow us on twitter with @salemarchives

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Photographs from the Salem Harborwalk Opening

Today was the grand opening ceremony for Salem's South River Harbor Walk. The Celebration featured music by Mamadu, speeches by Mayor Driscoll, Lt. Gov Murray, State Rep Keenan and Ward Councilor McCarthy. Followed by a dance performance.

View the photos from my Flickr Page here

Friday, June 25, 2010

Today is the 96th Anniversary of the Great Salem Fire!

Today is 96th anniversary of the Great Salem Fire.

You can see post cards of the damage here: click here or see the collections copies of the definitive book on the fire The Salem Fire by Arthur B Jones: here

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Memorial Day Parade in Salem

If you couldn't be in Salem for the holiday or just missed the parade then your in luck. We have pictures up on the web. The photos are of almost every group in the parade. Also there is another set from the Catholic Mass the day before at St. John the Baptist church. Here is a link to Flickr for the photos. Either click the link below or cut and paste the link.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Naumkeag Trust Company Money Box Bank

After a few emails a generous person from Pennsylvania sent me this Bank. It was manufactured by Banthrico of Chicago, Illinois. It was a promotional piece from the Naumkeag Trust Co. in the 1960's or 1970's.

Thanks donor!

Friday, April 16, 2010

USS Salem Pennant Brought Back to Salem!

I recently got this from eBay! It's obviously a pennant of the USS Salem. I'm not sure just which USS Salem it's from. There were three different USS Salem ships. The first is from early 1900's and was hull no. CL-3, second was from WWII number CM-11 and last was the CA-139 from the 1950's which is a ship museum in Quincy, Mass. If you can help date this pennant, post something in the comments section of this post.

Monday, April 5, 2010

New Commemorative Button

This is a button from the 50th anniversary of Ste. Anne Catholic Church. It's interesting because it features a photograph of what the church used to look like. As some might not know the structure depicted on the button burned down in 1982. This button mas made in 1951 by a novelty company from Boston.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Second Corps of Cadets Cap Badge

The latest addition to the collection is a 19th century cap badge from the Second Corps of Cadets of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. They served in the city of Salem from 1785 until 1892 after the armory fire. Upon quick look it is believed that the badge dates to the Spanish American War period. Any more information will be posted in a further post.