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Kennett Square, the mushroom capital of the world, began its long history as a mere crossroads on the Philadelphia to Baltimore road in the early 18th century. With the arrival of the railroad in 1859, the area grew to become a major agricultural and manufacturing center. It also produced some noteworthy individuals, including author Bayard Taylor, New York Yankee Herb Pennock, and several inventors. Kennett Square highlights many postcard and photographic images from the period 1890 to 1930. Many of the buildings shown are now gone, but thanks to the golden age of postcards, Kennett Square’s historic scenes can still be enjoyed.
Author Bio: Joseph A. Lordi, a Philadelphia native, attended the University of Kansas and later received a degree in library science. From 1976 to 2005, he was the director of the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library in Kennett Square, where he established a collection of local postcards and memorabilia.
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