Long Island Postcard Collection

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Long Island Postcard Collection


Advertising postcards--New York (State)--Long Island.
Business enterprises--New York (State)--Long Island.
Historic buildings--New York (State)--Long Island.
History--New York (State)--Long Island.
Industries--New York (State)--Long Island.
New York (State)--Long Island.
Postcards--New York (State)--Long Island.
Tourism--New York (State)--Long Island.


The collection is comprised of over 1,750 postcards that range from c.1890s-present. It includes canceled and unmarked postcards that cover a variety of subjects, including advertising, business and industry, historic buildings, scenic views, and popular tourism destinations. Among the types of postcards represented in the collection are undivided and divided back, white border, linen, real photo, photochrom, and large letter postcards. While the majority of the postcards feature views from either Nassau or Suffolk Counties, there are also a number of cards depicting images of Brooklyn and Queens.

Many different postcard printers, including German printers, who dominated the postcard printing market up until the outbreak of World War I, are represented in the collection. All postcards in the collection were published in either sepia tone, color or black and white (B&W).

Note: The collection includes more than five hundred business and industry related postcards, over one hundred of which were processed and digitized with funding from a grant from the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation.


Hofstra University Library Special Collections




O'Connor, Michael


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Postcard Collection, Hofstra University Special Collections.




Long Island, N.Y.
Nassau County, NY
Suffolk County, NY
Brooklyn, NY
Queens, NY

Collection Items

Gosman’s Dock Restaurant, Montauk
Postcard featuring three exterior views of Gosman’s Dock Restaurant. Printed text on verso provides brief information about the restaurant. (Color)

Pompei Ristorante
Interior view of the dining room at Pompei Ristorante. Printed text on verso provides brief information about the restaurant. (Color)

Ricky’s of Roslyn, Long Island, New York
Postcard featuring two interior views (one of the dining room, one of the bar area) of Ricky’s restaurant. Printed text on verso provides brief information about the restaurant. (Color)

Business Center Showing American Legion Building, Raff's Stationery Store and Post Office, Sea Cliff, L.I., N.Y.
View of buildings in the business center of Sea Cliff, N.Y. Pictured are the American Legion building, Raff's Stationery, and the Sea Cliff Post Office. (Color)

Gurney's Inn
Foldable postcard featuring a view of the Atlantic Ocean on the front and a view of some of the buildings at Gurney’s Inn on the verso. Printed text on the inside provides brief details about the inn. (Color)

Arbor Inn
Postcard featuring four interior views and one exterior view of the Arbor Inn. Printed text on verso provides brief information about the restaurant and its location in Rockville Centre. (Color)

Porter House restaurant
Postcard featuring two views (one of the exterior, one of the dining room) of the Porter House restaurant. Printed text on verso provides brief details about the restaurant. (Color)

Bernhardt's Shore Motel & Restaurant, Cutchogue, L.I., N.Y.
View of Bernhardt's Shore Motel & Restaurant and the Long Island Sound. Printed text on verso provides brief details about Bernhardt's. (Color)

Rothmann's East Norwich Inn, East Norwich, L.I., N.Y.
Illustration, printed in green ink, from the front of a Rothmann's East Norwich Inn foldable postcard. The postcard also includes a map of Long Island that shows the location of Rothmann's. Printed text on verso provides address and telephone…

Greetings from Wading River, Long Island, N.Y.
“Greetings from” postcard with image of two farmers in a field, loading hay onto a wagon. (Color)
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