Sometime early in the last century, someone at the Frederic C. Adams Public Library bought just over 600 stereoviews. The views date from 1893 to 1907 and show a wide variety of places around the United States and the world, with commentary from Baedecker’s and other travel guides on the back.
Using a stereoscope to view the double pictures in 3D, library patrons in Kingston could travel the world without leaving Summer Street.
In the search for photographs for the summertime exhibit, these three images turned up. As seen in earlierposts, the Plymouth & Kingston trolley, which started in 1886, merged with other lines and expanded until the tracks reached Brockton in 1900. The emergence of Kingston as a summer destination and the development of the cottage communities of Rocky Nook quickly followed.
While it’s not clear if these men are motormen (drivers) or conductors (ticket takers, schedule keepers and safety inspectors), they seem very serious about the work at hand, or at least about posing for the photographer.