Vintage Views of the Island

The New York Public Library has a wonderful online collection of vintage postcards showing images from Staten Island.  It includes over 750 postcards depicting the buildings, scenery, and daily life of Staten Island from the late 19th-century until well into the 20th-century.

The collection was a gift to the Library from Catherine Robinson, who spent her childhood in Staten Island, and who later assembled and organized the postcards as a hobby. What’s so wonderful about this collection is that Robinson categorized the images and added descriptions to each postcard, giving an insider’s take on interesting features or content that’s not evident from the title.

You can order copies of these images as enlarged digital prints from framing, or even have them into photo gifts such as Christmas ornaments.  Now there’s a great gift idea for your grandmother, or your favorite Staten Island genealogist.

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