Throwback Thursday – Historic Postcards

Good afternoon, everybody! My name is Nina, and I am the new archival intern for the New Castle Historical Society! I have been working through the collections here, and while rifling through our extensive postcard collection I found some neat items for the first in our Throwback Thursday series.

Many of us have only seen photos of the past in black and white, and thus we imagine that our ancestors’ past in hues of gray. Obviously we know better, but it’s hard to visualize the vibrant colors of the past since many of us have never seen it. Luckily for us, photographers and postcard producers would colorize their photos and cards, so that those vivid hues and tints were widely available to those who could not experience first-hand. We can enjoy these photos and postcards and imagine what our ancestors might have experienced: what scents they sniffed, what colors they saw, and what textures they might have touched! Looking at these items we can take a glimpse into the past.

Another aspect of seeing these images is to guess where these places were. Many who live in Chappaqua today might not know where Greeley dam is, or about how the forest looked before civilization encroached on the natural world. Maybe you recognize each of these places, and what is currently in their location! If not and you’re interested to know more, you can always come to the New Castle Historical Society and Horace Greeley house to learn more!

All of these items are available to view, in person, in the archives and collections of the New Castle Historical Society. For more information or to schedule an appointment for research, please call (914) 238-4666 or email us at director@newcastlehs.org.

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