Long Island Postcard Collection

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Long Island Postcard Collection


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


The collection, which ranges from c.1890s-present, includes canceled and unmarked postcards that cover a variety of subjects, including advertising, 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).


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

Items in the Long Island Postcard Collection Collection

Panoramic advertising postcard with two interior views of the restaurant. Printed text on verso provides brief details about the restaurant. Also on verso is a small map that depicts the restaurant’s location on Long Island. (Color)

Charles & Dianne Balducci’s Fruit Bowl
Advertising postcard with image of a large fruit bowl on the front. Also on the front is text that reads, “Charles & Dianne Balducci’s Fruit Bowl.” Additional text provides information about orders and delivery. Two copies. (Color)

Tombstone of Anthony Hannibal Clapp
Panoramic Suffolk Museum postcard with photograph of the tombstone of Anthony Hannibal Clapp (1749-1816), a manumitted slave and popular fiddle player. Carved on the tombstone was a violin with the bridge let down, above which was the inscription:…

Panorama of Sea Cliff, L.I. in Winter
Panoramic postcard with image of Sea Cliff in winter. There are ice skaters and a few boats on Hempstead Harbor, and in the background are hills on which several homes and other buildings can be seen. (Color)

The Homestead Gardens
Panoramic advertising postcard with view of Homestead Gardens, a nursery and landscaping business. Printed text on verso provides brief information about the company’s services. (Color)

Caroline Church of Brookhaven, Setauket, L.I.
View of the Caroline Church of Brookhaven and its adjoining cemetery. Printed text on verso provides information about the church. Note: Caroline Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. (Color)

Goose Creek, L.I.
View of buildings (built on pilings), including the Amphion and Joe Paul’s Lion Brewery, on Goose Creek. Two small boats are moored to the docks. (Color)

Whitney Avenue, Elmhurst, N.Y.
View of Whitney Avenue, which is lined by houses on both sides. Message and addressee information of verso. (Color)

The Garretson Home. Main St., Flushing N.Y. Built in 1659.
Exterior view of the Garretson house, which built in 1659. Message on the front and addressee information on the back, both handwritten. (B&W)

Intersection of Grand Central & Interborough Parkways, L.I., N.Y.
View of the intersection of the Grand Central & Interborough parkways. There are cars at a traffic light and others on the parkways. Houses and other buildings are pictured in the background. (Color)