Salem is a historic city in Massachusetts states; it was incorporated as a city on March 23, 1836. During the 18th and 19th centuries, it was the center of trade, maritime and shipbuilding centers. Shipping declined throughout the 19th century. And the economy was shifted towards manufacturing; several new industries were built, including tanneries, shoe factories, and the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company. In 1914 the Great Salem Fire destroyed over 400 homes and 1,376 buildings, leaving 3,500 families homeless. After that reconstruction period began and the fire encouraged the creation of the United States Employment Service.
Here below are some historic photos of Salem Massachusetts from the 1900s that show streets, houses, landmarks, and everyday life.