I've long been a fan of Arcadia Publishing's local history books. Annotated collections of historical photographs compiled by local authors, these books are a treasure for readers wanting to gain an understanding of social history in the times and places of their ancestors' lives.
I was happy to recently discover a title in their Postcard History Series that brings my Tierney family's hometown to life: William and Elaine Pepe's Quincy (Postcard History: Massachusetts). View an introduction to the book including a sampling of its postcard images online in this short video presentation uploaded by Quincy's Patriot Ledger. The images in the book focus particularly on the early 20th-century - just the time period I am particularly interested in since my Tierney ancestors moved to Quincy from Boston's North End just before the turn of the century.