Images of America: Springfield Volume I gave readers a photographic history of the city’s ethnic populations and religions. It also told the story of education and public service in the “City of Firsts.” In Springfield Volume II, author Ginger
Zabecki Cruickshank takes readers on a second journey through the past to the origins of the city’s many businesses, transportation systems, and social agencies, such as the YMCA and local hospitals that have served the people of Springfield, as well as some of the best sports stories in the city’s history. The stories and early photographs of well-known companies including Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Friendly’s Ice Cream Corporation, and Merriam-Webster are shown in this striking volume. All have roots in Springfield, as do Milton Bradley and Smith & Wesson. The famous Knox automobiles and the Peter Pan Bus Company are brought to life with other stories in the fascinating development of transportation in the area. As the city has adapted and grown with the population and changing economic times, it has built a tradition of citizens succeeding despite great obstacles. It is that tradition that has made the city what it is today.
About the Author
Join local native Ginger Cruickshank as she takes a look back at the people and organizations that built Springfield. Using rare images collected from dozens of local sources and carefully collected research, she tells a story that will evoke memories for many residents. This volume is sure to delight anyone who has taken time to appreciate this historic city.