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Historical Postcards of New York City from the Picture Collection at Mid-Manhattan Library

Five hundred postcards depicting views of all five New York City boroughs in the late 19th and early 20th century from the Picture Collection's holdings of more than 25,000 postcards have been added to the NYPL Digital Gallery.  The postcards provide a colorful visual record of the city and document the beginnings of the postcard publishing phenomenon in the United States. Both the front and back of each postcard can be viewed. 

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Images:  Bird's eye view of lower New York [Digital ID: 836033]; High buildings in New York at night [Digital ID: 836959]; Brooklyn Bridge, New York  [Digital ID: 836241]; Old College in the City of New York [Digital ID: 836437]; Lenox Library, N. Y. City [Digital ID: 836719]; Greetings from New-York [Digital ID: 836029].