Once known to native inhabitants as Manamooskeagin, or "the land of many beavers," Abington became an important manufacturing and financial center in Plymouth County by the early twentieth century. Postcard photographers and publishers caught every stage of the community's growth and broadcast it to the world through images of workmen at shoe factories, parades celebrating the town's 1912 bicentennial, and the dedication of the Island Grove Soldiers and Sailors Monument, a nineteenth-century gathering site for abolitionists that is today one of America's newest districts in the National Register of Historic Places. Abington captures the nostalgia of this town during the postcard era.
About the Author
Donald Cann of Rockland is a member and former president of the Historical Society of Old Abington. John Galluzzo of Hull is the author of four Arcadia books on the histories of Hull and Scituate. Abington is their third cooperative endeavor. They coauthored Rockland and Squantum and South Weymouth Naval Air Stations for Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.