| NYC Postcards

Like most New Yorkers, I am passionate about this city. We came here with starry eyes and hungry stomachs—Brian hung up his magazine hat to pursue law; I picked it up and scurried over to Martha Stewart Living. We took long walks through Central Park, ate hot dogs at Coney Island, soaked in museums, and gazed at the city skyline from the rooftop. I was in love.

But as passionate affairs are wont to be, my relationship with NYC is volatile—it takes about one subway detour for the love-hate to flip and there is no middle ground. Late winter with two kids can really put us on the rocks, and I confess that as we approach the Seven Year Itch, thoughts of driveways and a laundry room dance in my head. It occurred to me that perhaps New York and I needed some alone time to rekindle the spark.

Magically, the stars aligned and I got my NYC date, but since this post is already too long and blubbery, maybe we should discuss that later and look at a few more of these lovely postcards.

The New York Public Library Online Picture Collection recently added 25,000 historical New York City post cards to their collection. I am especially intrigued by those with special finishes— The “Hold to Light” cards have my wheels spinning for a future projects, Embossed cards allowed the owners to “reproduce the image by rubbing a pencil across a piece of paper placed over the card”,  and you know I love the ones with added tinsel and glitter!

 

 

 

  • jana

    March 7, 2012 11:57 pm

    I love anything that sparkles.

  • JILL

    March 14, 2012 10:57 pm

    I loved at that skyline with you. Especially with Ben & Jerry’s in hand. Ahhh, love that city. I can’t believe you’ve been there 7 years! You’re a lifer. I might be jealous. ;)

  • Christy

    March 15, 2012 3:52 pm

    Thank you so much for giving the source for these–I find postcards especially useful for thinking about history (why capture these moments?), and knowing where to find more is a wonderful boon. :)

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