Collection Facts

Extent: 
100 items

Historical Context

The development of Long Island during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, both physically and economically, is closely tied to the development of New York City. The postcards in the Long Island Postcard Collection were assembled to document this development by showing the unique scenes of everyday life that could be found here – whether on mansions or on farms.

Scope of Collection

The postcards in the Long Island Postcard Collection were assembled to document the rise of Long Island’s development during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The collection, deeded by Dowling College, highlights postcards of both the North and South Shores and documents mansions of the Gilded Age, local landmarks, and scenes of everyday life.