Since it opened in 1858, Central Park has been one of New York's most-photographed landmarks. However, while some of the park remains as it was then, much of the park's landscape has changed over the years. Through historic images and contemporary photographs by Denise Stavis Levine, Central Park provides a previously unseen glimpse of the park's hidden history and brings it up to date.
Founded in 1778 as a portage point on the lower Ohio River, Louisville was closely tied to river commerce for a century. In the 1880s, the Southern Exposition and the growth of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad did much to establish the city as an important commercial link between the North and South. By 1900, Louisville was the 18th largest city in America, with a population of just over 200,000. The city had a vibrant downtown with elegant office buildings and hotels and one of the finest park systems in the country, designed by the Olmsted brothers in the 1890s. In Louisville, more than 200 postcards present a visual record of the institutions, prosperity, and charm of the river city.
Take a trolley tour around Mansfield, Ohio, by way of this collection of vintage postcards. Starting the tour with The Square, see the series of ornate government seats built here, like the 1840 Greek Revival and 1878 Victorian courthouses, as well as the fountain and the gazebo located there. Next, traveling into the Downtown now encompassed by the Carousel and Central Park Districts, explore Main Street and the old hotels, the stone churches, and the railroad depots. From there, progressing to The Flats, catch a glimpse of the industries and the now-vanished agricultural works. Heading into The Neighborhoods from Downtown, visit the schools, the churches, and the Children's Home. And finally, following the tracks out past the Sturges area and Senator Sherman's mansion, ride to the end of the tracks to see Luna Park, Kingwood, and the Ohio State Reformatory.
"The perfume of the orange blossoms . . . the beauty of every scene, combine to make me wonder whether I am not in Paradise," wrote one visitor to Winter Park, Florida, in 1918. Just five miles north of Orlando, Winter Park's oak-lined brick streets and its quiet lakes have been attracting visitors since the late 19th century, when U.S. president Chester A. Arthur declared, "This is the prettiest spot I have seen in Florida." The New Englandlike city in the heart of the subtropics was once home to the Seminole Hotel, the largest resort south of Jacksonville. In 1885, prestigious Rollins College was founded here, the first institution of higher learning in Florida.
By the close of the nineteenth century, East Orange was a community of mansions, tree-lined streets, and undisturbed serenity. With the addition of luxury apartment buildings in the 1920s and the continued development of Main Street and Central Avenue, East Orange quickly became one of the largest and busiest cities in New Jersey. East Orange captures the tranquillity and innocence of the city at the turn of the century. Over two hundred photo-postcards brilliantly illustrate the evolution of East Orange between 1900 and 1960, while fact-filled captions convey the passion of the residents for their hometown.
Bloomington and Normal have grown from small, pioneer settlements into the "Twin Cities" of central Illinois, linked by their proximity and shared history. Surviving and rebuilding after a devastating fire in 1900, the area has continued to grow and prosper. It is home to many businesses, including State Farm, the nation's largest auto and homeowners insurance company. The vintage postcards in this collection feature the delights and difficulties of Bloomington-Normal at the turn-of-the-century. These images capture historic events such as the Street Car Strike of 1917 in which workers took their demands to the streets. The businesses that closed-up shop years ago are opened again through these historic postcards, many of which were originally produced by Bloomington-based postcard publisher C.U. Williams.
From the 1890s through the 1920s, the postcard was an extraordinarily popular means of communication, and many of the postcards produced during this "golden age" can today be considered works of art. Postcard photographers traveled the length and breadth of the nation snapping photographs of busy street scenes, documenting local landmarks, and assembling crowds of local children only too happy to pose for a picture. These images, printed as postcards and sold in general stores across the country, survive as telling reminders of an important era in America's history. This fascinating history of Macon, Georgia, showcases more than 200 of the best vintage postcards available.
The 100 postcards in this set are a guided tour of New York, old and new. Readers will visit a lost New York--where magnificent hotels like the Astor pampered the rich and famous--and see the sights that continue to attract visitors today, from the Empire State Building to the beautiful Central Park. 100 postcards.
From an abolitionist hotbed to the home of a prestigious liberal arts college, Grinnell, Iowa, is known across the country as a "jewel of the prairie." Originally conceived as a Congregationalist utopia, Grinnell developed a reputation as a highly-educated community with a wealth of incredible architecture. It was also a turn-of-the-century industrial hub, despite a population of less than 5,000, where buggies, early automobiles, and gloves were made. The historic postcards in this book recall a community on the verge of transition, from a small agriculture-based town on the prairie to a thriving center of commerce and higher education. They provide a remarkable glimpse of the buildings that make up what is now a "Historic Commercial District" on the National Register of Historic Places. Still others are visual reminders of great buildings-both in the community and on the Grinnell College campus-that now exist only in memory.
Named in honor of Pres. Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson City was established specifically as the home of Missouri's state government. The city has a rich history as the seat of the Missouri General Assembly and state government operations. Beginning in the 1820s with the construction of a capitol building and commercial developments, people came to the new capital city to work and live. The vintage postcards in this collection illustrate and enliven the historical significance of Jefferson City as capital of the Show-Me State-vivid history is interwoven with informative text that both entertains and educates.