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Merrimack Valley

October 7, 2012

Salisbury, Lawrence connection rekindled in 2013 calendar


On the cover there is a photograph of a family posing on the beach with a panoramic view of Salisbury on the back cover. Inside its pages, there are pictures of the bumper rides, the wooden roller coaster, the Frolic, Christy’s and Tripoli’s pizza shops as well as vignettes of families standing by their summer cottages.

Louise Sandberg, library archivist said six to eight members of the Friends of the Lawrence Public Library began working on the calendar in July.

The Friends of the Library solicited photographs through the library’s website and were also helped by the Salisbury Historical Society.

“People get very nostalgic about the beach and they don’t think their photos have any value beyond the family, but it isn’t true,” Sandberg said.

“Even family and neighborhood photos have a particular point in time.” James Roy of Lawrence was one of several residents who shared his family photographs for the calendar, dating back to the 1920s. “Salisbury Beach was a big thing in the Merrimack Valley because it was one of the only place that was accessible to most people.”

Roy remembers driving with his parents along Route 110 when it was gravel to get to the beach and as a teenager going with his pals.

“I liked the arcade and the rides,” he recalls.

Friends of the Lawrence Public Library have been printing a historic calendar since 1991.

Among the themes included have been Essex Street and the Bread and Roses Strike.

The one on Essex Street has been the most popular.

“It’s all about nostalgia, really,” Sandberg said. “There’s a certain type of topics that people enjoy and we love sharing them.”

Sandberg is happy with how next year’s caledar turned out.

“It came together great. The time and effort was worth it. I think it’s one of the best; it’s very appealing,” Sandberg said.

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