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MainLineTimes.comHistoric Photos of the Main Line was a labor of love for Drexel Hill historian Laura E. Beardsley. The book is replete with unique and rare photographs of Main Line train stations, hotels, inns, churches, schools, streets and residents taken from 1875 through the 1970s. The cover is a wide-angle view taken in 1940 of a parade on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore. The parade was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Merion Fire Company, and Lancaster Avenue looks remarkably like it does today. The majority of the photos in my book have not been seen in public for at least 50 years," said Beardsley, who spent many days pouring over the archives of the Chester County Historical Society, the Historical Society of Montgomery County, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Lower Merion Historical Society, the Radnor Historical Society and Temple University's Urban Archives (among other sources) in order to find the 200 images selected for her book . . . Beardsley said readers tell her that they love looking at pictures of things they remember from their childhood that are no longer there, or, conversely, looking at what used to be there that is still there today.