The Adirondacks on Postcards

Glenwood Manor Antiques Center

Are you looking for a quick trip through the Adirondacks of days gone by? A plethora of early history is recorded in pictorial format on postcards of the past. The early hotels, many of them long gone, along with streets lined with stately elm and maple trees, and many scenes when the horse drawn vehicle was the only conveyance available can be found on postcards from an earlier era. Postcards have been around since the late 19th century and most every community had some representation in the pictorial parade. Up until World War I, most cards were printed in Germany; and until 1917, could be mailed for a fee of one cent.

Today, Adirondack Post Cards are much sought after. Collectors may focus on one town or on some particular area.  An interesting and historical collection seen recently was of Adirondack Hotels of the past. There are literally hundreds of these, and probably none without a lively worthwhile history. Early transportation in the mountains is another desirable theme. One card in this category that comes to mind shows the stagecoach at the foot of Schroon Lake discharging passengers to the waiting steamboats and the motor “stage” for further travel up the lake to the village of Schroon Lake. Three modes of transportation on one card. Sometimes a collector can build an interesting collection by focusing on one locale of business. A possibility in this theme might be the Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing. Cards are available showing the Sagamore 1,2 & 3. In addition to the main buildings of these early hotels, an avid collector will be happy to find interior scenes or pertinent pictures of the grounds.

Most antique shops in the area will have at least a few of the older cards. Glenwood Manor at 60 Glenwood Avenue in Queensbury has several dealers with larger inventories of cards from local communities. The joy is in the chase, and the true joy is finding another really great card from the past.

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