|(L) Card bears only a plate number: may be of the Black and White brand.
(R) Modern chrome card.
Now part of the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.
The building is in memoriam of the Ewell daughter, and was finished in 1913. The Library's history page calls its styl Beaux Arts Classical Revival.
Part of the Southern Tier Library System. The building shown is still in use.
Octochrome postcard. It was printed in Germany, at the behest of J.A. Howlett, dealer in dry goods, boots, shoes, and notions.
Now incorporated into the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.
Merrimac Picture Post Card, mailed in 1971.
After remodeling, the 1893 building serves as the Stevens Community Memorial Library.
Geo. Bey card.
Now known as the Seymour Public Library District. Designed by Carrere & Hastings. Opened in 1903 and expanded in 1973 and 1993.
Published by C.S. (not F.W.) Woolworth and Co., with an entire back. Mailed in 1909.
Wow. Simply wow.
This is the first Romanesque library building I've seen that looks as if it had had librarians in on the design. Actually, John Lennon & Sons built it in 1887-9. It was expanded in 1937 and 1979, and it looks like little of this building remains visible.
This is a Valentine & Sons card, mailed in 1912.
Built in the 1830s as a residence: now houses a historical society.
Published for the Charles E. Buck Music House.
Built in the 1830s as a residence: now houses a historical society.
Published for the Charles E. Buck Music House.
Founded in 1885.
Built in 1904: Ward Hall has nothing to do with town government, but is Mrs. Hamilton Ward's eponymous building.
The Library's history page, linked above, claims that she obtained $1,000 in Carnegie monies, but I cannot verify this. The Library also doesn't seem to be assertive about this claim.
Published by B.B. & H.W. Slade: printed in Germany.
Mailed in 1911.
Caption: Ward Hall - Free Library and Club Room
|(L) Card mailed in 1907.
(R) 1957 Dexter Press. This is one of those library postcards that could be sent as a Christmas card.
Built in 1890.
Now known as the Erwin Library and Institute, part of the MidYork Library System.
Another converted house: replaced.
|Beautiful building. For the most part, beautiful cards.
The city and Erie County system merged in 1953 due to economic reasons, although 1953 seems an odd year for an economic meltdown.
The 1963 replacement building housed the collections of Buffalo Public and the Grosvenor Libraries.
|'Buffalo Means Business' seal.||Bizarrely tinted.||Cars added onto the plate.||S.H. Knox card.|
|Monochrome, printed in England.||Glossy card, possibly an early Curt Teich.||1947 Curt Teich card.|
The building shown is still in use. Large end windows differentiate this from the standard Carnegie plan.
A.M. Simon card.
The Wood Library today appears to be in an older, smaller building. It is neither about Wood nor in a wood building.
Tichnor Quality View, never mailed.
|(L) The card has a pencil date range as Sept.--May 1917-18.
(R) Photo postcard with nearly illegible caption.
Founded 1887. Built sometime between 1907 and 1910, and expanded in 1956. Renovated in 2006.
|(L) Excelsior brand card, possibly the bottom of the barrel for ANC Co.
(R) Bucolic setting, isn't it?
Apparently still in use.
|(L) 1959 Curt Teich chrome postcard.
(R) Tecraft matte finish card.
Village Library of Cooperstown is still in use.
1927 building: has undergone multiple renovations over the years, and is still in use.
Surprisingly, the Library's home page features this same postcard. It's a 'C.T. American Art Colored' Curt Teich card, printed in 1929 for the Wm. Jubb Co.
The building was a bequest by Miss Eleanor Christina Heermance. It opened in 1908 and appears to still be in use as the Heermance Memorial Library.
Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art Card' reprint.
100 years old as of this writing (late 2013). Now known as the
Bethlehem Public Library.
Built sometime between 1913 and 1931. Replaced in 1972.
Strange building which looks like the cottage-style Sunoco stations of the East.
The photo card is by the Eastern Illustrating Company of Belfast, Maine.
Founded just prior to the stock market crash in 1929. Opened in 1937. Expanded in 1962.
Photo postcard with typed caption.
Fascinating history before its iteration as The Belden Memorial Library, officially in 1974.
Robson A. Adel postcard, printed in Germany.
Named for William Pitt, oil geologist.
Although the portico is lettered 'Pitt Memorial Library,' the glass window over the door
reads 'Friendship Free Library.'
So act sullen, morose, and unhelpful.
Still in use, with a 1962 addition.
Dexter Press Dextone card with curved corners.
|(L) Monochrome card, not a cyanotype.
(R) Dexter Press chrome card.
Still in use. Incorporates the historical society.
Founded in 1886 by the WCTU: current building built in 1900, with 1953, 1970, and 2008 additions.
Romanesque building. Just the angular overhang added above the door spoils the impact of this stone building. Photo postcard with unattributable origins.
Chartered in 1909: the dressed stone building is still in use.
ANC Co. Special Colored brand card. This is unique in my collection.
|(L) Monochrome card with uneven back. No attribution.
(R) 1952 Curt Teich 'C.T. American Art' postcard; another one which looks like the motel account artists got to it.
No clue who Phillips was.
Still in use.
|(L) Card with entire back, mailed in 1908.
(R) Thomas Studio chrome postcard with remarkably subdued colors.
|(L, below) McClenathan Printery card with additional history, such as the early 1880 charter date, an 1889-1891 construction phase, and new (1963) wing with 1968 addition.|
Still in use--sorta.
According to the Library's site, it was built in 1891, and renovated in 1960. In 1964, the wing was added for the Library, and the old building housed an art gallery, offices, meeting rooms, and storage space. The next additions came in 1968 and 1978: now the Romanesque building serves as the system headquarters.
In my collection, certainly the card from the library with the oddest name. It was mailed in 1924 but appears to be about a dozen years older.
It was published by A.M. Pierson of Binghamton, N.Y.
The building shown is still in use (2014).
That's R. Prescott & Son Radio Fur[niture] in the background of this Fairbanks card.
Le Roy was the original home of Jell-O. Be glad that this wasn't the Windward Library.
According to the Library's history page, this building was constructed on the former Ingham University site, using its stone. Well, it was 1930.
Unattributed postcard. It even lacks a postage box.
|(L) Linen-finish card.
(R) 1956 Curt Teich chrome card.
Built in 1935 - 6.
Over the door: Books☆Are☆Like☆An☆Open☆Door☆To☆Set☆The☆Spirit☆Free, attributed to Edith Kathleen Jones, a Massachusetts librarian.
The library underwent renovations in 2014. Whether it was the building on this card, I know not.
However, this card needs a lot of renovation. It's a $5-PHOTO-CO. postcard, from Photo Park, New York.
Malone has had two library buildings.
Apparently the immense railroad station served the Ogdensburg
& Champlain railroad.
The library building appears to have been built in the 1880s.
Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. card, printed in Great Britain.
Still in use. In reality, the brickwork is in variegated brown shades.
Since 1954, it's part of the Clinton Essex Franklin Library System.
This is a linen-finish, Tichnor Quality View. It's not quite as high quality as the Curt Teich cards it emulates.
Organized in 1801.
Bleak ca. 1901 building, replaced in 1995. However, the card has some fun details. The lady in blue is reading and walking.
An MLS thesis was written in 1996, by Barbara C. Chumard, about this library.
So many New York public libraries have been housed in former residences. Many were stuck therein: Weller Library has had two wings attached, one quite jarring. The paint has been stripped to reveal red paint.
Curt Teich card, which actually has an unusual mistake on the caption, calling this the Wellers Public Library.
Not listed in Bobinski's Carnegie Libraries (1969).
The building is still in use, and the library is part of the Southern Tier Library System.
Chartered in 1909, through a lot of work by local women, heroes, in my opinion.
The building shown, taken over in 1919, is still in use. There seem to be at least two additions.
Built in 1900; added on in 1937, 1954, and 1989.
Rochester News 'Americhrome' postcard.
See dedicated page, which also shows some Carnegie branches.
|(L) Demolished in 1967.
(R) Chrome card, showing the replacement building. However, in the right hand background, the house-cum-library possibly remained. Mailed in 1969.
Now, with green shutters!
It also looks to have undergone internal renovations. Amusingly (and nostalgically), its history page shows honkin' huge card catalog cabinets, possibly for its large Civil War collection.
1937 Curt Teich linen-finish card.
Still in use.
Americhrome card for Albany News.
This is not the Pawling Free Library. Located on Quaker Hill, this is now known as Akin Free Library. It contains a museum and the library.
|(L) Older card published by Albert Hahn.
(R) 'Artino' brand card, slightly newer.
Both cards are also captioned 'Catskill Mountains.'
1903 Greek Revival building. Still in use.
Now part of the Mount Pleasant Public Library.
Flemish architecture, rare in the library world.
The card, by the Tecraft Company, looks more like a book cover illustration than a library postcard.
|Forboding card by
Leighton & Valentine.
|Card by J. Ruben of Newburgh.
The retoucher enhanced the dome's
resemblance to a muskmelon.
|1938 Curt Teich linen card.||German postcard.|
The library is quite clearly still in use.
Building designed by Orson Squire Fowler.
The library took over the house in 1935. New York and New England seem to have a lot of libraries utilizing former mansions.
Still in this handsome building, but open for very limited hours (2014).
Its publisher was S.S. Company Quality Cards, an unfamiliar marque.
No longer used as a library, but serves as a community house today.
Wow, this is a confusing card. Rhinebock is crossed off, and Rhinecliff is stamped above the error. Most
Internet sources call the location Rhinebeck.
Valentine and Sons couldn't get it right. The mailing post office is Rhine Cliff.
Let's just call it Morton Memorial Hall and Library.
|Simply lovely Albertype card.||1915 Curt Teich card, with information,
'Given by Mr. T.R. Proctor.'
|Tichnor Quality View card.|
Part of the Four County Library System.
There's not a lot of information out there about this library's history. As Proctor was a prominent citizen, it looks as if his role may have been in deeding the land to the village.
|(L) 1936 Curt Teich linen-finish card.
(R) Metropolitan card, mailed 1953.
|(L, below) Plastichrome postcard, with description on reverse.|
A touch of Deco.
Now joined by the Bausch & Lomb Public Library Building to comprise the headquarters of the Monroe County Library System.
I believe this to be the original building, John B. Jervis' home,
which was converted to a public
in 1895, and upsized in 1925.
Yes, I'm aware that no-one upsized anything in 1925.
It was enlarged yet again in 1961, 1972, and 1988.
Wm. Jubb card.
This arty Plastichrome card shows at least two of the additions mentioned above. It might be an architect's rendering.
It does tell us who John Jervis was: the engineer who planned the water systems for both Boston and New York City.
Now called the Rye Free Reading Room.
The building had additions in 1951, 1960, and 2003.
Photo & Art Postal Card. The art part is a little dubious, as its image is askew.
|(L) Tichnor Quality View.
(R) From Dean Color Services.
Kodachrome by Byrhl F. Wheeler.
From the reverse of the chrome card:
Built and chartered in 1950 as a School District Public Library. Now supported by the City. Building cost $125,000 from private donations. Over 30,000 modern titles. ...
|(L) Published for the Greeting Card Mfg. Co. Never mailed.
(R) B.G. Lowry Aerial Photo Service card.
Originated as part of
Sherburne Free Academy. Current building designed by Edward Tilton in 1909. Its current roof is green tile, and it was built using red brick.
South wing added, 1939; renovations, 2002.
Built in 1909, and still in use after a 1936 addition.
J.A. Smith card.
Library at Onteora Park.
|Two linen-finish cards.
(L) By Metropolitan of Everett, Massachusetts.
(R) Colourpicture card.
Confusing library circumstances. Both cards call this as a library on Oneonta Park. However, the current building is called Mountain Top Library, was called the Haines Falls Free Library, and the illustration is not of the building shown on the postcards.
The Library has multiple history pages. Considered to be one of the earlier examples of the emerging American Renaissance style, the building began to disintegrate in the 1970s and was heavily renovated in order to preserve it.
Valentine-Souvenir postcard, mailed in 1921 as a New Year's card.
The Library occupies only a portion of the space in the building shown. Amazingly, some of its trustees have included celebrities such as Augustus Juillard, Fred Gwynne, and Robert Duvall.
Silvercraft card, by Dexter Press. Mailed in 1947.
|Unattributed German card.||Fifer Quality View.||Card produced for Woolworth.||Margo Studio chrome postcard.|
Library still in use. Very detailed library history. My favorite line:
1895 -- A handwritten card catalog is started. It takes three years to complete and totals 58,000 cards.
And I thought typing catalog cards was laborious!
|(L) Here is another aluminum postcard. (The other--of Hallowell, ME's library--is on the
Maine page, and is in much better condition.)
(R) Artigo brand postcard, never mailed.
What really impresses me about the founding is that this is the same gentleman who served as the first mayor of Chicago (1837-8), and for whom Ogden Avenue (US 34) is named. From postmaster of a Catskills village to the top position in the Second City: simply amazing. And on his 1877 death, he left funds for his hometown to have a new library building.
Now the Grinnell Public Library.
It bills itself as the '6th Oldest Library in New York,' an oddly specific claim.
You can't argue with an 1867 founding date, however. The unspecified architect modeled this 1887 building after one in St. Battenberg, Switzerland and another in England.
Its most recent remodeling was in 2008.
S.D. Wixson card, mailed with a Parcel Post 1¢ stamp in 1914.
Founding assisted by the Richards sisters.
The building was built of local dolomitic limestone by contractor Jonah Hess, who finished in 1900. It is still in use.
Tichnor Quality View. I'm not vouching for its quality after its 1931 mailing.
Unfortunately, someone tried to include the post office on the 1968 card.
In early 2011, this building was sold to the Warwick Historical Society.
Still in use. The building also includes the Historical Society.
Postcard printed in Germany for Rochester News.
|(L) Curt Teich American Art Colored Card mailed in 1926.
(R) Valentine and Sons' card printed in Great Britain. Never mailed, but probably older than the card on the left.
Library's file of the dedication booklet.
Grecian-style library finished in 1901 and evidently still in use.
The building is Georgian Colonial, and is still in use, apparently without additions or renovations.
1937 card by Curt Teich, mailed in 1948.
Without slope to its roof, just how many books were lost due to leaks?
Contains the notes:
From Curteich--'Gift of Miss Hannah W. Patterson, containing
44,000 volumes in memory of her parents.'
From the purchaser--'Arrow under window at far right points to basement entrance to Girl Scout Little House.'
To the best of my knowledge, the majority of these cards has reached the public domain by virtue of the postcards' age. I claim full copyright on the text, which may be used in citation only. Also, I claim copyright on the scans.
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