WCS and NYBG Libraries, Bronx Park Postcards

This digital collection brings together postcards held by the Wildlife Conservation Society Library (which houses the archives of the Bronx Zoo) and The New York Botanical Garden’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library. These 454 postcards, which range in date from 1905 to the 1980s, depict Bronx Park's natural beauty and highlight the buildings, landscapes, and inhabitants of the two iconic institutions located on this land.

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Birds of the cliffs
Back caption: Birds of the cliffs / Bronx Zoo, New York City / Big Guanay Cormorants and white-mustached Inca Terns are birds that live on rocky cliffs high above the sea. This reproduction of a cliff (the stones are man-made) is so realistic that Inca Terns regularly nest in the crevices. The Guanay Cormorant is among the birds that produce guano fertilizer in South America.
Birds of the marsh
Back caption: Birds of the marsh / Bronx Zoo, New York City / Without barriers between birds and visitors, Avocets and Stilts, Kingfishers and Jacanas--all birds of the marshlands of the world--live in this Marsh scene in the Aquatic Birds House in the Bronx Zoo. They breed and nest in these natural surroundings much as they would in the wild.
Black-tailed rattlesnake--Bronx Zoo
Back caption: Black-tailed rattlesnake--Bronx Zoo / Rattlesnakes are found only in the New World, particularly in the United States and Mexico. The "rattle" starts with a simple hard button on the tail of a newly-born rattler, and a segment is added with each shedding.
Bluejay family
Back caption: Bluejay family / Eastern North America / New York Zoological Park
Boat House Bronx Park, New York, N.Y.
The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House Restaurant
Front caption: Boat House Restaurant / On Bronx Lake / New York Zoological Park / 182nd Street and Boston Road / Open every day and evening the year 'round, The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House Restaurant. New York Zoological Park
The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House on Bronx Lake, Bronx Park, N.Y. City
The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House on Bronx Lake, Bronx Park, N.Y. City
The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House on Bronx Lake, Bronx Park, N.Y. City
The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House on the Bronx River, near West Farms subway station, New York
The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House, Bronx Park, New York
The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House, Bronx Park, New York City
Back caption: Boat House, Bronx Park, New York City. Bronx Park covers an area of 662 acres on both sides of the Bronx River above West Farms. 250 acres have been given over to a botanical garden and 261 acres to a zoological park. It is one of the finest parks in America being full of beautiful natural scenery and also a number of small lakes. The Boat houses are very popular during the summer season and thousands of park visitors make use of the rowboats that are kept here., The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boat House, Bronx Park, New York City
The Boat House was near the current site of Jungle World.
Boating on Bronx River, Bronx Park New York
Back caption: This is an ideal spot for boating. A magnificent boathouse is situated nearby, where the public can, at a nominal price, secure rowboats and motorboats. In the Winter season it is equally popular for skating and other Winter sports.
Bongo
Front caption: Bongo. One of the rarest of the African antelopes. "Doreen" was the first bongo ever exhibited in any zoological park. New York Zoological Park
Boston Road Entrance New York Zoological Park
The Boston Road Entrance was near the current site of the Asia Gate.
Botanical Gardens Museum, Bronx Park, New York
Back caption: Botanical Gardens, Bronx Park / This museum is open to visitors daily, the admission being free. It contains beautiful collections of Economic and Scientific Botany valued at about $300,000.
Botanical Gardens Museum, Bronx Park, New York
An ad for Austin, Nichols & Co. Sunbeam Coffee is printed on the back.
Brilliant scarlet ibises
Back caption: Brilliant scarlet ibises / Bronx Zoo, New York City / The Scarlet Ibises of tropical South America are among the most brilliantly colored birds in nature. A glowing colony of them lives in a River Bank Habitat exhibit in the Aquatic Birds House of the Bronx Zoo. The bright color is maintained in captivity by a diet of fresh carrot juice and carrot oil concentrate.
Bronx River Falls, Bronx Park, New York City
Bronx River Falls, Bronx Park, New York City. Bronx Park lies on both sides of the Bronx River, between Williamsbridge and West Farms. It comprises a total area of 662 acres, 250 of which have been given to a botanical garden and 261 to a zoological park. Both institutions are corporations managed by trustees and occupying their sites by an arrangement with the City. There are many beautiful natural scenic spots along the Bronx River, including a miniature waterfall.
Bronx River Falls. Bronx Park, New York City
Bronx River Falls. Bronx Park, New York City. Bronx Park lies on both sides of the Bronx River, between Williamsbridge and West Farms. It comprises a total area of 662 acres, 250 of which have been given to a botanical garden and 261 to a zoological park. Both institutions are corporations managed by trustees and occupying their sites by an arrangement with the City. There are many beautiful natural scenic spots along the Bronx River, including a miniature waterfall.
Buffalo entrance New York Zoological Park
The Buffalo Entrance was near the current site of the Asia Parking Lot entrance.

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