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In the Mail: New York in Postcards

December 28, 2010

A good friend of mine at the University of Chicago Press decided to surprise me with a copy of New York in Postcards from 1880 – 1980.  I’ve always been into postcards and where ever I am in the world, I typically dive head first into piles of rare and odd cards, so a surprise such as this hits the spot.

The Andreas Adam Collection, which this book is based, is comprised of 4,000 postcards of New York, and 1,500 of other American cities, capturing each city’s urban development over the years.  On top of offering a glimpse into New York City’s past through postcard art work and photography, it lays out the story behind each image as well as breaks down all the boroughs, buildings of interest, modes of transportation and other attractions.

Old Penn Station (RIP).

My apartment, center (and below), along with a nice looking tug in the Hudson.

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