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Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

"Lynn, a city and seaport of Essex co., Mass, is pleasantly situated on Massachusetts Bay, 10 miles N.N.E. of Boston, and 5 miles S.W. of Salem. Lat. 42° 27' 51" N.; lon. 70°57'27' W. It is about 2 miles from the peninsula of Nahant, a place of summer resort, and is connected with Boston and Salem by both steam and electric rail ways. It contains a handsome city hall, 36 churches, a free public library of 44,000 volumes, a very fine new high school building, 6 national banks, 2 savings-banks, and 2 safe deposit and trust companies. The combined capital of these is over $1,600,000, with deposits of about $6,000,000. Two daily and 3 weekly newspapers are published here. Lynn has long been celebrated for the manufacture of ladies' boots and shoes, large quantities of which are sold in the Western and Southern States, as well as sup plying a large export trade. The daily output averages more than 100,000 pairs, or over 30,000,000 pairs annually. The capital employed in this industry alone is shown to be nearly $11,000,000, and the value of the annual product is over $25,000,000. The manufacture of leather (morocco) is another large industry, employing a capital of $1,300,000. The new electric manufacturing industry, established here in 1883, has been the means of increasing the wealth and prosperity of Lynn to a wonderful extent. This business represents an actual invested capital of something more than $3,000,000 in buildings, plant, &c., and employs about 4000 hands, with an average weekly pay-roll of over $44,000. The value of product in dynamos, lamps, motors, car-equipments, &c., is more than $12,000,000 per year. There are many handsome houses occupied by citizens, especially on the east, or shore, side of the city, and some that are used only in summer by non-residents. Statistics show that a larger number of families own their homes in Lynn than in any other city of its size in the United States. The scenery in the vicinity of Lynn is varied and picturesque. It has one of the largest natural pleasure-grounds (more than 2000 acres), known as “Lynn Woods,” on this continent. Pop. in 1870, 28,233; in 1880, 38,274; in 1890, 55,727."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound
Made in Lynn, MA

Lydia Estes Pinkham (February 9, 1819 – May 17, 1883) was an iconic concocter and shrewd marketer of a commercially successful herbal-alcoholic "women's tonic" meant to relieve menstrual and ... Read MORE...

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St. Mary's Church, School and Rectory

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Elastic Stockings

Curtis & Spindell Co.
38 Wyman Block
Lynn, Mass.

The Ladies' Home Journal
April 1898

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Washington Square showing Oxford and Women's Clubs, Lynn, Mass.

Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Lynn Beach, State Bath House, Lynn, Mass.

Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Central Square. Lynn, Mass.

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City Hall. Lynn, Mass.

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Lynn R. R. Station

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Ocean Street

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Lynn and Nahant Roadway, The half-way Tree
postmarked 1906

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General Electric Works, Cor. Centre Street and Western Ave.
postmarked 1911

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Olympia Theatre

Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Union Street

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"The Breakers" Lynn Shore Drive

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Floating Bridge
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  • 1629 - Lynn founded
  • 1629 - The first tannery in the U.S. began operations in Lynn.
  • 2. LYNN. [Pop. 9,369. Inc. 1637.]
    Lynn, called Saugus by the Indians, was named after a town of the same name in England. The eastern part of Lynn still retains its original name... Read MORE...

  • News  1860 - February 22 – Shoe-making workers of Lynn, Massachusetts, strike successfully for higher wages. The strike spreads throughout New England and eventually involves 20,000 workers.
    February 22, 1860
  • 1885 - May 19 - 1st mass production of shoes (Jan Matzeliger in Lynn, Massachusetts)
  • News  1889 - Accidentally Shot Dead
    LYNN, Mass., Nov. 27. - William F. Sartelle, of Worcester, Massachusetts, a performer in a dime museum here, was shot dead last night. He was performi... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - $10,000,000 FIRE! A CITY GOES UP IN FLAMES. Lynn, Mass. Desolated. - Boston Subscribes Nearly a Million Dollars For the Sufferers.
    Lynn, Mass, the city of shoes, was visited Tuesday afternoon by the greatest fire in its history and with two exceptions the conflagration is the most... Read MORE...

  • Lynn Massachusetts, 1890
    LYNN is a manufacturing town on the seaboard in the extreme southern part of Essex County, 11 miles northeast of Boston, with which it is connected by... Read MORE...

  • News  1899 - SEIZED BY A LEOPARD. Lynn Boy Goes too Near the Cages at the Circus.
    The next time the Forepaugh-Sells Brothers circus visits Lynn, Mass., Frank Ducey, a 10 year old boy, will not be so much interested in getting a near... Read MORE...

  • News  1903 - NOT KNOWN HERE. Railroad Man Killed At Lynn Said To Belong In Portsmouth.
    A Lynn dispatch of the 18th stated that a man named Moorehouse, an employe of the milk train, with his home at Portsmouth, was fatally injured on Thur... Read MORE...

    Lynn, Feb. 9. - While working around her kitchen range today the clothing of Mrs. Mary S. Coombs caught fire and before her niece, who heard her cries... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Lynn, a city and seaport of Essex co., Mass., is pleasantly situated on Massachusetts Bay, 10 miles NE. of Boston, on the Boston and Maine and the Bos... Read MORE...

    United Press

    Lynn, Mass., April 19. - Five persons are known to have been killed, and ten are reported missing, in a fire in the Essex Castle Apart... Read MORE...

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