Queens College, Waterways of New York

This is a collection of historically significant cultural heritage materials documenting the waterways of New York state. It includes over 2000 items, primarily early twentieth century postcards, depicting the Erie Canal, Champlain Canal, Barge Canal and other waterways such as the Hudson River, canal feeders and tributaries.

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1609 • HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION • 1909 [front caption] (2back) [h0189ac2]
Postal data: unmarked, unposted (Place Stamp Here; Domestic One cent; foreign Two cents) printed inside decorative stamp box; Postcard type: divided back; (This Space for Writing Messages.; This side for the Address only.); Logo (Post Card) in stylized lettering with embellishments; No message; No addressee.
1609 • HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION • 1909 [front caption] (1front) [h0189ac1]
A commemorative postcard celebrating the 300th anniversary of the discovery of the Hudson River, with portraits of Henry Hudson and Robert Fulton superimposed over a daytime aerial view of the Hudson River. Prominently featured are a sailing ship (circa 1609) and steamship (circa 1909) which together serve to commemorate the passage of time from discovery to the modern day. Soaring cliffs line the far bank and along the near bank; at right, there is a gathering of people (perhaps Native Americans). An information box titled 1609 • HUDSON-FULTON CELEBRATION • 1909, lists the following 15 events: Sept 25 Commencement Day N.Y., Sept. 26 Religious Observance Day N.Y., Sept. 27 Reception Day N.Y., Sept. 28 Historical Parade N.Y., Sept. 29 Commemoration Day N.Y., Sept. 30 Military Parade Day N.Y., Oct 1 Naval Parade N,Y., Oct 2 Naval Carnival Parade N.Y., Oct. 3 Religious Day Upper Hudson, Oct. 4 Dutchess Co. Day, Oct. 5 Ulster Co. Day, Oct. 6 Greene Co. Day, Oct. 7 Columbia Co. Day, Oct. 8 Albany Co. Day, Oct. 9 Rensselaer Co. Day. COPYRIGHT 1909 BY J. KOEHLER, N.Y. [indicated on front only].
1907 - Dock Street, Schenectady, N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [e0249ac2]
Postal data: unmarked, unposted; (PLACE STAMP HERE, DOMESTIC ONE CENT, FOREIGN TWO CENTS) printed inside square stamp area; Postcard type: undivided back; Logo [illegible]; Trademark [illegible]; Partial written address (Syracuse. N. Y.)
A Bit of the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, N.Y [front caption] (1front) [c0018ac1]
A canal flanked by trees on the right and a towpath on the left. Printing information: card number (??2,360).
A Bit of the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, N.Y [front caption] (2back) [c0018ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked [striped oval postmark] (MECHAN[indiscernible] N.Y., DEC 2?, 1908 1230PM), stamp; Postcard type: undivided back; [No logo]; Written message (Have not met Mollie [indiscernible] yet but heard about her. How is every thing in Greenfield lovely I suppose. I spent a pleasant day in Troy yesterday went to a show and saw the sights last night, for a while. It is quite a town. Expect to take a run down to Albany pretty quick. How is this for a letter on a post card. Regards to all); Addressee (Miss [indiscernible], Greenfield, [indiscernible], Mass); Benjamin Franklin stamp in three-quarter profile.
A Bit of the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, N.Y. [front caption] (1front) [c0063ac1]
Caption on original reads: "A Bit of the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, N.Y." [top of card]; The Champlain Canal rounds a bend and there are ripples in the water. On the right bank there are green trees and grasses, and some that are brown. Wooded hills are visible beyond the bank. On the left bank there is a trail and some grasses. A utility pole is visible in the distance. The sky is blue with clouds. There is some wear marks on the bottom and the postal mark from the back of the card is visible soaking through on the top.
A Bit of the Champlain Canal near Mechanicville, N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [c0063ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked (MECHANICSVILLE, N.Y. OCT 8 2-30P 1912), stamp; Postcard type: divided back [dotted line], Logo (SOUVENIR POST CARD) in stylized lettering; Written message [written sideways on left side of card] (am sending [name indiscernible] ring with this postal. hope he can wear it. I don't think it is as good a ring as the other one was. but it will do until Myra has better work, then she is going to get he and [indiscernible] a chip diamond. [indiscernible] is quite a little better today. [signature indiscernible]); Addressee: (Mrs. RB. Manning. Fort Ann. NY).
A D.O.T. TUG PASSES THE WEIGHTLOCK BUILDING, CA.1900: [front caption] (2back) [e0332ac2]
Postal data: unposted, unmarked, (PLACE STAMP HERE) printed inside square stamp area with (Kodak) at top and (Paper) bottom of square; Postcard type: divided back (ADDRESS); Logo (PHOTO POST CARD); No message; No addressee
A D.O.T. TUG PASSES THE WEIGHTLOCK BUILDING, CA.1900: [front caption] (1front) [e0332ac1]
A D.O.T. tugboat passes the weightlock building in Syracuse, N.Y. on the Erie Canal.
A Glimpse of the Shore near Cayuga Canal Lock, Cayuga, N.Y. (1front) [y0001ac1]
A leisure scene displaying a woman and a child on the shore of a Canal. She is sitting with the child kneeling behind her with a dog at her feet. There is a man [presumably] walking a plank over the water. Immediately to the right of the man there is an [indiscernible] dark blurred marking. There is a house in the background.
A Glimpse of the Shore near Cayuga Canal Lock, Cayuga, N.Y. (2back) [y0001ac2]
Postal Data: posted, postmarked (Indiscernible), stamp; Postcard type; divided back (THIS SPACE MAY BE USED FOR CORRESPONDENCE; FOR ADDRESS ONLY); Logo (POST CARD) in stylized lettering; Printing information: card number (63877); Written message: [written slanted] (Dear Friend- We are having a grand time & are as tanned as Indians. Love to you & the girls Mrs. Glibert); Addressee: (Mrs. William Howard, 31 Charles St, Cortland, N.Y. [blurred slightly]).
A HUDSON RIVER TOW [bottom left corner] THE NARROWS [bottom center, front caption] (1front) [h0072ac1]
A series of ships and boats being towed on the Hudson River in The Narrows, New York. Printing information: card number (70726) [indicated on front side only].
A HUDSON RIVER TOW [bottom left corner] THE NARROWS [bottom center, front caption] (2back) [h0072ac2]
Postal data: unposted, unmarked (PLACE STAMP HERE. - UNITED STATES AND CANADA. ONE CENT. - FOREIGN. TWO CENTS) printed inside stamp box; Postcard type: divided back (THIS SPACE MAY BE USED FOR MESSAGE.; THIS SPACE FOR THE ADDRESS.); Logo (POST CARD) in stylized lettering; Trademarks: ("PHOSTINT" CARD.), (TRADE MARK - REG. U. S. PAT. OFF.) printed below; No message; No addressee.
A Misty Morning on the Hudson. [front caption] (1front) [h0128ac1]
The dark shape of a steamboat on the Hudson River is backed by a pale morning sky, with a sailboat in the far distance. The hills in the background are shrouded in mist.
A Misty Morning on the Hudson. [front caption] (2back) [h0128ac2]
Postal data: unmarked, unposted, stamp; Postcard type: divided back ( This Side for Correspondence; This Side for Address Only.); Printing information: card number (45-8); Logo (POST CARD); No message; Addressee (Miss J. Mary Davis Water Works, Rutland, R.F.D. #1, Vt. ).
A Night Scene on the Hudson River [front caption] (1front) [h0055ac1]
Painted image of a sailing ship in profile traveling at night, in an oval frame of metallic gold embossed with decorative fleur-de-lis at the corners.
A Night Scene on the Hudson River [front caption] (2back) [h0055ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked [wavy postmark with letters I & C] (BROOKLYN, N.Y. STA. A, FEB 5, 8-PM, 1910); stamp; Postcard type: divided back (This side for Correspondence.; This side for Address.); Logo (POST CARD); Written message (Dear friend: It pleases me greatly to hear that you are having a good time in spite of exams, which I hope you have passed with the best marks in your class. I also wish the the other "2" boys have passed and don't forget to give them my kind regards. By the way "Paul" forgot to send her regards to the boys so you might as well include her. Take a friend's advice and do not overtax your mental capacity. [indiscernable]); Addressee (Mr. Henry H. Haft, 411 College Ave., Ithaca, N.Y.); Benjamin Franklin one cent stamp in profile.
A SECTION ERIE CANAL, MIDDLEPORT, N.Y. [front caption] (1front) [e0481ac1]
View across the Erie Canal in Middleport, New York, looking towards a row of buildings and docked canal boats, both of which are reflected in the water. The lift bridge is seen in the distance.
A SECTION ERIE CANAL, MIDDLEPORT, N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [e0481ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked (ROCH. & NI. FALLS R.P.O., JUN 15, 1908, 1[?]); stamp; Postcard type: divided back (THIS SPACE FOR CORRESPONDENCE; THIS SPACE IS FOR ADDRESS ONLY); Logo (POST CARD); Written message (June 13. 08, I am going into Buffalo to get a good meal it will be the first this week I am about fourty [sic] miles from Buffalo.); Addressee (Miss Minnie H. Ogden, # 502 Chestnut St, Latrobe, Pa); Benjamin Franklin one cent stamp facing front.
A SECTION OF THE BARGE CANAL. AT WORK ON THE DWAS KILL, OPPOSITE STILLWATER, N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [b0053ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked (Still[indiscernible][presumably Stillwater]), [stamp missing] (PLACE STAMP HERE DOMESTIC ONE CENT FOREIGN TWO CENTS) printed inside stamp box; Postcard type: divided back; Printing information: card number (No. 25); card number (7442); (Guaranteed Handcolored); Logo (POST CARD); Written message (Dear Mrs Miller I am well and hope this will find yous all well have you got any snow lot down here Holyoke fore mine Anna); Addressee: (Mrs. C. Miller, 11 Grove St, Springfield Mass.).
A Trip on the Hudson River. [front caption] (1front) [h0146ac1]
This is an image of passengers on the deck of a steamboat on the Hudson River on a clear day. The image only shows part of the deck including a skylight, the top of the sidewheeler, and some of the equipment and rigging. The river and mountains on the mainland are visible in the background. Ink from postmark on back visible on front in the shape of a partial semicircle.
A Trip on the Hudson River. [front caption] (2back) [h0146ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked [striped oval postmark] [wavy postmark with letters I & D] (ALBANY N.Y., SEP 1, 1907, 8-PM; ALBANY N.Y., SEP 1, 1907, 8-PM; WALKER VALLEY N.Y., SEP 3, 1907); stamp; Postcard type: divided back (This Side for Correspondence; This Side for Address Only); Logo (POST CARD); Printing information: card number (45.-9); Written message (I will stop to see you on the way home Yours Uncle Charlie); Addressee (Mrs Mable Kelle, Walker Valley, N.Y.)
A Tug Tow [handwritten front caption in white ink] (1front) [e0675ac1]
A tugboat releases clouds of black smoke as it passes through a town along the Erie Canal.
A Tug Tow [handwritten front caption in white ink] (2back) [e0675ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked [flag postmark] (BROCKPORT, N.Y., DEC 8, 8 - AM, 1909), stamp; Postcard type: divided back (CORRESPONDENCE; NAME AND ADDRESS); Logo (POST CARD) in stylized lettering; Written message: (What is the matter? Awful busy just now Minstrel show on 10 + 11 Dec. How is everything - I'm not dead yet. The raging Eric.); Addressee: (Miss Beatrice P. Schumacher, c/o Hudson River State Hospital, Poughkeepsie, N. Y.).
A View of the Mohawk Valley, Little Falls, N.Y. [front caption] (1front) [e0519ac1]
Rural scene of a bend in the Erie Canal near Little Falls, with cliffs in foreground and more densely populated views in the distance. Written message in blank space at bottom of card (This is one of the places you would have seen if you had come by train.)
A View of the Mohawk Valley, Little Falls, N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [e0519ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked (DOLCEVIL, MAR 6, 630-PM, 1908 N.Y.), stamp; Postcard type: divided back; Printing information: card number (121420) Logo (POST CARD) in stylized letters; Written message [written upside down] (Dear Daisy, received your postil this noon, many thanks to you. You certainly have a very beautiful home. Mother says she remembers it very well. Glad you had a good time, hope you will come again "Chub" Reilly and I are going to see if the pictures are done tonight. Remember me to Mr. Gibbs and tell him to send me some cards please. With love. "Ethel"); Addressee (Miss Daisy Evens, Newport, New York).
A View up Black River Canal, Rome, N.Y. [front caption] (1front) [k0015ac1]
View of narrow section of Black River Canal in Rome, N.Y., with a lockhouse (by the lock) and trees on one side of the canal; a towpath on the other side; farther away houses separated by railing and partially covered with a line of trees. A bridge - possibly railroad bridge - arches over the water in the near-distance. Above slightly cloudy skies. Two people are standing in front of the lockhouse, where a grassy pathway leads up. Trees in the left foreground with their reflection visible in the water. Printing information: card number (215278) [indicated on front only]
A View up Black River Canal, Rome, N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [k0015ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked [wavy postmark with letters I & D] (ROME, N.Y., AUG 8, 7-AM, 1912); stamp; Postcard type: divided back [solid line] (Address Only); Logo: (POST CARD) in stylized lettering; No written message; Addressee: (P A Drake, Sidney, Del Co, NY); Inscription in lower right corner: 5- [handwritten in pencil, presumably a reference to the price of the postcard].
A View up the Canal from George Street, Rome, N.Y. [front caption] (1front) [e0553ac1]
View of narrow section of Erie canal and towpaths, at sunset or sunrise with residences predominant on one side and [presumably] commercial/industrial facilities on the other (towers, structure with a sign advertising "Smoke and Chew LIBERTY LONG CUT [TO]BACCO"). Residential side includes several large trees. A bridge and canal boat are present in the near-distance. [Presumably] view is seen as if from another canal boat.
A View up the Canal from George Street, Rome, N.Y. [front caption] (1front) [e0641ac1]
Front caption [in decorative typeface] reads: "A View up the Canal from George Street, Rome, N.Y." [bottom of card]. A View of a canal boat on the Erie Canal from George Street in Rome, New York. The canal devides a group of industrial or industrial factory buildings on one side of the canal from a row of houses and trees on the other. "Liberty Long Cut Tobacco" is written on the side of a factory building.The two sides of the canal are connected by a bridge in the distance. Printing information: card number (215274) [indicated on front only].
A View up the Canal from George Street, Rome, N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [e0553ac2]
Postal data: unmarked, unposted [blank stamp box]; Postcard type: divided back [solid line] ([blank]; Address Only); Logo: (POST CARD) in stylized lettering; No message; No addressee.
A View up the Canal from George Street, Rome, N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [e0641ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked [wavy postmark with letters I & D] (AUBURN, N.Y., OCT 17, 8:30PM, 1914); stamp; Post card type: divided back [solid line] ([blank]; Address Only); Logo (POST CARD) in stylized lettering; Written message: [written sideways] (Dear Stanley - We are having such a lovely time here - we are now in Auburn - A beautiful city of $ [sic] 40,000 people - The scenery and drives are fine - The boys have Roller Skates - and they have a good time all day - We will go to Niagra [sic] Falls next week - Mrs. [indecernable] -); Addressee: (Mr. Stanley Allen, Spring W, Satatoga Springs, N.Y -).
A Winter Morning on the Harbor [front caption] (2back) [h0169ac2]
Postal data: unmarked, unposted, no stamp box; Postcard Type: divided back (CORRESPONDENCE; ADDRESS ONLY); Logo (POST CARD) printed in double lined font above creator information; No message; No addressee. Stain in center.
A Winter Morning on the Harbor [front caption] (1front) [e0505ac1]
A view of the Erie Canal at Oriskany N.Y showing tow paths with rows of buildings on each side with a typical canal bridge in the distance. A houseboat is moored on one side of the canal. There is a white house with a dark roof and a shaded porch near the tow path on the left side of the canal. Several industrial buildings bearing smokestacks are visible adjacent to the house in the foreground.
A Winter Morning on the Harbor [front caption] (1front) [h0169ac1]
A panoramic view of snow In Kingston harbor. Printing information: series number (14 Beautiful Kingston Series) [indicated on front only]. Railroad tracks are visible on the bottom left side of the image. There is a lot of debris within the snow embankments. Signs (e.g SHIP CHANDLERY) are also visible on the surrounding buildings. Copyright symbol next to indiscernible symbol in a circle [possible trademark?] at bottom left below title [indicated on front only].
A general view of the Erie Canal Aqueduct and Rexford Flats, Schenectady, N.Y. [front caption] [1front] [[e0450ac1]
Landscape of a river and farmlands with rolling hills in the distance shown on a partly cloudy day.
A general view of the Erie Canal Aqueduct and Rexford Flats, Schenectady, N.Y. [front caption] [2back] [e0450ac2]
Postal data: posted; postmarked (Schenectady, N.Y. FEB 22 12 PM 1909) [flag postmark]; stamp; Postcard type: divided back; Printing information: card number (No.B.13389); Logo (PRINTED MATTER), (POST CARD); Trademarks: (LITHO-CHROME) printed inside stylized design with clover on each end containing the letters (A.N.C.), (LEIPZIG-BERLIN-DRESDEN) on upper side of trademark (TRADE-MARK) on lower side (Germany.) below; Written message (With best wishes. B.P. Johnson); Addressee (Mr. Forest Black Hamilton St. Leominster Mass.); George Washington two cent stamp in profile.
A steamship named the NEW YORK on the Hudson River (1front) [h0069ac1]
A steamship named the NEW YORK carrying passengers on the Hudson River. Written message in the blank space at bottom of card (N.Y. July 4/05 My Dear Edyth We arrived this P.M. after having a beautiful trip on the Hudson. Tomorrow we go to Coney Isl. The sights are grand. Lovingly Yours Harry).
A steamship named the NEW YORK on the Hudson River (2back) [h0069ac2]
Postal data: posted, postmarked ([flag postmark; STATION E] NEW YORK, N.Y., JUL 6 8-PM 1905; DETROIT, MICH, REC'D, JUL 7, 1905,10-PM), stamp; LOGO (POST CARD); Postcard type: undivided back (THIS SIDE IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ADDRESS); Trademarks: (HUDSON RIVER DAYLINE) inside stylized graphic design with a steering wheel on top and a ship on the bottom; Addressee (Miss Edyth Bader #165 Mich Ave Detroit Mich); Benjamin Franklin one cent stamp facing front.
A. View. On. Barge. Canal. Near. Mechanicsville. N.Y. 3M [handwritten front caption] (1front) [b0017ac1]
This picture postcard card shows men working on railroad tracks in a railroad yard on the Barge Canal in Mehcanicsville, N.Y. Snow is on the ground with bare trees in the background and houses near the railroad tracks. (3M) is handwritten below caption [presumably meaning 3 men]. Two steam locomotives can be seen in the picture. There are two tall smokestacks, one emiting smoke, on a large building on the left side of the card.
A. View. On. Barge. Canal. Near. Mechanicsville. N.Y. 3M [handwritten front caption] (2back) [b0017ac2]
Postal Data: unmarked, unposted (PLACE STAMP HERE) printed inside stamp box inscribed with the letters (AZO) on all sides with a triangle pointing upward in all four corners; Postcard type: undivided back (CORRESPONDENCE HERE; NAME AND ADDRESS HERE); Logo (POST CARD); No message; No addressee.
ACROSS THE LAKE FROM HOTEL CHAMPLAIN N.Y. [front caption] (1front) [h0167ac1]
A steamship (a seemingly passenger style ship) travels along a Lake Champlain shoreline; there is a small covered shedlike structure that appears to be floating at the end of a dock; [copyright info is inside what appears to be the outline of an artist's p
ACROSS THE LAKE FROM HOTEL CHAMPLAIN N.Y. [front caption] (2back) [h0167ac2]
Postal data: posted,postmarked [wavy postmark with letter C] (Fort Riley, JAN 2, [?? ?]M, 190[?]; BINGHAMTON, N.Y., JAN, 4, 5-AM, 1909); Logo (POST CARD); Postcard type: divided back; (THIS SPACE MAY BE USED FOR MESSAGE.; THIS SPACE FOR THE ADDRESS.); Writ
ALBANY, N.Y. ON THE HUDSON. [front caption] (1front) [h0142ac1]
A scene of a cloudy day on the Hudson River. The steamship "ALBANY, N.Y." is docked at a pier, in front of a town. Many buildings, houses, and warehouses can be seen in the background. There is also a large building with three steeples towering over the city.
ALBANY, N.Y. ON THE HUDSON. [front caption] (2back) [h0142ac2]
Postal data: unmarked, unposted (PLACE STAMP HERE, DOMESTIC ONE CENT FOREIGN TWO CENTS) printed inside stamp box; Postcard type: undivided back (THIS SIDE IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE ADDRESS.); Logo (Post Card) printed over stylized graphic of eagle with (ECK) emblem below
ALLIGERVILLE ULSTER CO., N.Y. [front caption] (1 front) [d0110ac1]
photograph of a rural area in Alligerville, Ulster County, NY depicting a bridge with a tow path and shrubs and trees.
ALLIGERVILLE ULSTER CO., N.Y. [front caption] (2 back) [d0110ac2]
Postal data: unmarked, unposted ([Encircled line drawing of sailboat]Place 1-Cent Stamp Here) printed inside ornate stamp box open on top; Postcard type: undivided back (THE ADDRESS TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE); Logo (POST CARD); No message; No addressee.
ALONG THE BLACK RIVER CANAL PORT LEYDEN N.Y. [handwritten front caption] (1front) [k0008ac1]
A black & white panoramic view of a bridge over a section of the Black River Canal in Port Leyden New York as handwritten on the front of the postcard. Behind the bridge is a huge advertisement painted on a building that reads; A.J. SCHRODER FLOOR FEED GRAIN [indiscernible]. Two girls stand on far left side of the bridge.

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