Photo essay depicts life in 19th, 20th centuries

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GREENFIELD — Flipping through Joe Skvarenina’s newest book on Hancock County history, readers will find dusty roads leading into Sugar Creek Township; Shirley’s booming factories in the early 1900s; and a bustling downtown Greenfield that was the county’s center of commerce.

And that’s just on a handful of pages of “Postcard History Series: Hancock County.”

The county historian, who has written numerous books on county history, has organized a collection of more than 200 vintage photographs – many of them postcards – into a book-length photo essay of life in the 19th and 20th centuries. Many of the postcards come from private collections and have not been published previously.

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