Pique of the Week

Pique of the Week is a quick, fun way to dip into the collections as we put them online.  We want to share what piqued our curiosity this week, but we also want you to talk to us. Let us know what you think and what you want to see.
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  • Beach day!Beach day!
    Sooner or later, summer will come.  We’ll all be hot and sticky and we’ll welcome a cooling breeze near the waterfront.  Just like this crew.   Source: LHR General Image Collection IC7   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com.  
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  • Memorial Day paradeMemorial Day parade
    Another Memorial Day is upon us.  Here are a few photos from the Local History Room collections which provide a glimpse of one of Kingston’s Memorial Day parades sometime before 1961.*   *This date is based on a flag carried by the color guard, which reads “U.S.S. Des Moines.” This heavy cruiser was ...
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  • Fruit deliveryFruit delivery
    Who was Peanut Jack?  There’s nothing in the Local History Room to help identify him, but the 1890 Plymouth and Kingston Directory gives us this. The 1909 Plymouth Directory has almost the same ad, but the proprietress in that version is a Mrs. M. D. Costa, exactly what we see printed on the tarp or ...
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  • Four-trunk elm treeFour-trunk elm tree
    The four-trunk elm tree that stood on Main Street near Shirley Avenue was the stuff of childhood legend.  The sidewalk ran underneath and between the trunks so that a daring kid could ride a bike straight through, and a real heroic type would do it no-hands style. The mighty tree fell victim ...
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  • Shady greenShady green
      Emily Fuller Drew captured what feels like the deep cooling shade of a summer afternoon in these two photos.  A familiar scene, yes, but the quality of the light makes something special of it.       Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16, negatives scanned by the Digital Commonwealth/Boston Public Library.   For more, visit the Kingston Public ...
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  • Asa Hammond and his houseAsa Hammond and his house
      Asa Cook Hammond (1826-1913) was a carpenter or housewright,  who was born Pembroke, but lived in Kingston from around 1850 until his death.  He married Amanda Clark, a dressmaker from Plympton in 1849; they had several children.  Both are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery. Asa is identified as the figure in the foreground of the ...
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  • Twin lights at the GurnetTwin lights at the Gurnet
    Though not in town, the lighthouse at the Gurnet — formally known as the Plymouth Light Station — is familiar to many Kingstonians. The Massachusetts legislature authorized the first lighthouse on the Gurnet in 1768;  it burned to the ground in 1801.  The federal government replaced the original with a pair of towers, which served ...
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  • Read more books!Read more books!
    Get more gold stars! Source: PC12 Schools Collection, Acc. 2014-2   For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog at  piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com.
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  • Clang, clang, clang went the trolleyClang, clang, clang went the trolley
    From 1889 to 1928, trolleys ran through Kingston, every half hour or so, reaching Brockton to the west and Manomet to the east.  The line was run by three companies in succession: the Plymouth & Kingston, the Brockton & Plymouth, and the Plymouth & Brockton (and if that last one ...
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  • Happy Thanksgiving dance!Happy Thanksgiving dance!
    As a descendant of First Comers and an indefatigable researcher of their occupations, genealogies, land swaps and lawsuits, Emily Fuller Drew was perhaps more entitled than most to dress up like a Pilgrim.  It certainly seems to have suited her. More Thanksgiving posts here and here and here and here! For more, visit ...
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  • Are you ready for some football…history?Are you ready for some football...history?
    This month, the Local History exhibit case at the Kingston Public Library features a few football artifacts loaned to us by the Silver Lake Regional High School Library.   Recently Coach John Montosi, who led the Lakers football team from 1960 to 1980, donated six scrapbooks to the school.  These ...
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  • School DaysSchool Days
    Ring ring goes the bell The cook in the lunchroom ready to sell Chuck Berry — “School Days” For September’s lobby case exhibit, the Local History Room presents highlights from a great collection of photographs of Kingston Elementary School dating from 1952 to 1966.  These class portraits and candid shots were collected by ...
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  • Roads…Roads...
    Here are a few from Emily Drew for you. For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com.
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  • Go Fourth and Parade!Go Fourth and Parade!
    In 1910, the first of many Fourth of July parades rolled in Kingston. In honor of this most American holiday, here are a few views of one of our favorite floats from the inaugural year: the “Guardians of the Clam Flats.”   Source: LHR General Images IC7 (top two); Hathaway Collection MC21 And now, ...
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  • LHR closed for vacationLHR closed for vacation
    Ahh, the thrill of vacation adventuring! While not going so far or daring so much this intrepid pair, LHR staff will be away next week (June 24 to 28). See you in July!   Source: Stereoview Collection IC9 [a wonderful collection puchased by the Frederic C. Adams Library in the early 20th century, so Kingstonians ...
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  • Iconic Buildings of KingstonIconic Buildings of Kingston
    As part of the celebrations for Kingston’s 275th anniversary in 2001, the Friends of the 275th commissioned a set of blocks depicting eight iconic Kingston buildings: the old Town House, the Center Primary school (now called the Faunce School), the Pumping Station, the passenger station (now the restaurant Solstice), the First ...
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  • Hot enough yet?Hot enough yet?
    Now that the summer weather has arrived, do you miss the snow? The glass plate negative above shows Main Street looking north to Linden Street, while the one below shows the opposite view south on Main near the intersection with Brook Street. Keep cool!
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  • The eagle has landed.The eagle has landed.
    Around 1946, the Town’s Honor Roll, which listed those Kingston residents who served in World War II, got an eagle. It was carved by Captain Fred Bailey, who fashioned at least two. When the Honor Roll was taken down — it was replaced by the monument where Main Street crosses Route ...
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  • The Boys of Summer Start in the SpringtimeThe Boys of Summer Start in the Springtime
    Stop by the Library this month to see photographs of baseball players in and around Kingston from 1897 to 1961. Source: The Albion Holmes Collection, MC 25 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com
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  • “Garden Family”"Garden Family"
    Despite the chill, spring has sprung so get ready to garden. Here are few inspirational but undated views by Emily Fuller Drew of her “Garden family.” Source: Emily Fuller Drew Collection MC16 For more, visit the Kingston Public Library, and the Local History Room, and the full blog piqueoftheweek.wordpress.com
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