Today I'm offering for sale two rare postcards from 1907 which feature both Italian and Jewish Neighborhoods in New York City, and a 1905 and 1906 postcard of the Atlantic City Boardwalk in New Jersey.
As immigrants poured into America in the late 18th and 19th centuries they settled in large numbers on the east coast especially in New York City. Often described as The Slums or The Ghetto, these were the homes of very proud immigrants who became the very fabric and the true identity of New York City.
*These two postcards are postmarked April 4th, 1907, and sent to the same person located on Springfield Ave., Irvington, New Jersey. Listed below is each postcard and its condition:
1.) The first postcard features a street scene located in an Italian neighborhood at 88 Mulberry Street, New York City. The photo shows street vendors, horse drawn carts, wash hanging from fire escapes, and vendors selling fruit. There is one gentleman standing by his cart selling fruit. The older postcards have no place to write a message so the sender wrote on the front. This is what they wrote: “Here's another one of the "Slum" streets. I had luncheon in the Bronx Tuesday, saw Mrs. Woods and Mrs. Dorer of Irvington.” The postcard is numbered 4733 and has Mulberry Street, N. Y., printed right below the picture.
**Condition: The front is clean with corner bumps. The back of the postcard shows both left hand corners lightly faded. The post mark is quite clean, and the one cent Ben Franklin Stamp is in excellent condition. The hand written address is very clean and legible. Overall it's in very good condition for being 109 years old.
2.) The second postcard features a street scene located in a Jewish neighborhood on Hester Street, New York City. The front shows a congested Jewish street scene of push carts all lined up against the gutters edge. It also shows children playing in the water of an opened fire plug while hundreds of people gathered at the upper end of the street. On the metal balconies you can see clothing drying and even a pile of mattresses and bedding drying. All the store fronts have canopies. Also you can see several old telephone poles lined up and down the street. Also seen with a magnifying glass is a sign on a business that sold Top-Hats and Clothing. The postcard is numbered 4728 and has Hester Street, New York, printed right below the picture.
**Condition: The front and back of this postcard are very clean. There are minor corner bumps. The stamp and the postmark along with the hand writing are all clean.
Here's your chance to own two fantastic pieces of American History showing Italian and Jewish immigrants enjoying one another in their new home called New York City.
*The next two postcards are from the same family only this time they vacationed in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Listed below is each postcard and its condition:
1.) The first is postmarked 4:30 PM, October 6th, 1905, from Atlantic City, New Jersey. The photo shows a crowded Boardwalk scene in Atlantic City. The family wrote they were there on October 6th, 1905. It's amazing even through very hot weather the men are shown wearing suits, coats and top hats while the ladies were dressed in full length dresses and bonnets. You can also see a number of push carts with visitors inside being pushed up and down the boardwalk. The postcard was made by J. Murray Jordan Publisher, 1438 So. Penn Sq., Philadelphia, PA. **Condition: Both the front and back are very clean with sharp corners.
2.) The second postcard is postmarked 11:30 AM, June 8th, 1906, Brooklyn, N.Y., Sta. B, and also postmarked June 6th, 3:30 pm, 1906 Newark, N.J., and again postmarked June 3rd, 5:30 pm, 1906 Irvington, Newark, N.J. This postcard shows thousands of sunbathers wading on the beach in the Atlantic Ocean. Also in the background you can see the boardwalk and hotels. On the front the owner dated their visit on May 7th, 1906. Because women had to cover up(no skimpy bathing suits here) from neck to ankles they wore what was more like a dress then a bathing suit. The men also wore suits that covered both top and the bottom of their bodies. How times have changed. On the front the owner wrote a little note about their visit. The postcard is from a Ullman's “Photo Carbon" Series, American Postcard-View Number 3070, Published by the Ullman Manufacturing Co., New York.
**Condition: The front has two rub marks, corner bumps, and some of the postmark ink can be lightly seen on the front. The back is clean, all postmarks are in good condition and the one cent stamp is in very good condition.
If you’re looking for some very old and unique postcards these will be four fabulous postcards to add to your personal collection. If you’re of Italian or Jewish ancestry just maybe your great grandparents grew up on these very same streets in New York City. These postcards may be the best gift for anyone in the family.
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