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Early Vermont Postcards Collection

Among the many historical items in Middlebury College's Vermont Collection are over 1,100 photographic postcards from depicting landscapes, structures, disasters, and daily life in early 20th Century Vermont. Many of Vermont's towns and villages are represented in the collection, and we are proud to share digitized versions of these important historic images via the Internet Archive. For more information about any of the items in the collection, please contact Middlebury College Special Colle...



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Rutland Railroad steam locomotive 232 is belching smoke and steam in front of the railroad station at St. Alban's, Vermont, as two men stand on the adjacent sidewalk.
Topics: Railroad stations, Saint Albans, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Mrs. Alma Notemyer in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Postmarked Oct. 4, 1908. Railroad station in St. Albans, Vermont, with two steam locomotives and a passenger car in front
Topics: Railroad stations, Saint Albans, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Postmarked Aug. 12, 1953. Mailed from Fairlee, Vermont, to Mrs. K. Skoglund, Freeport, New York. Rutledge Inn, with patrons sitting on porch, and sign "Rutledge Inn" on side of building, Fairlee, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Fairlee (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Train wreck, with "#707" on engine, and "Canadian National; C.N. 403632" on car, Jonesville, Vermont.
Topics: Railroad accidents, Jonesville, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad station in Fairlee, Vermont, with horse-drawn carriage in right foreground
Topics: Railroad stations, Fairlee (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Line House, with signs, "Beecher Falls Line House", "Arthur Bouchard, Prop.", "Border Cafe: Sanitary food, lunches to take out, cigars, cigarettes, tobacco", Canadian and American flags, situated on the border of East Hereford, Quebec, and Beecher Falls, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Beecher Falls, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Spectators are standing around the scene of a train wreck in Hardwick, Vermont, on April 10, 1907, with a locomotive and passenger car on their sides and another passenger car derailed but still upright.
Topics: Railroad accidents, Hardwick (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Postmarked Aug. 10, 1948. Mailed to Mrs. F.H. Warren, New Canaan, Connecticut. Big house hotel at Bonnie Oaks, on Lake Morey, Fairlee, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Fairlee (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Birdseye aerial view of Camp Norway, over Fairlee Lake, Fairlee, Vermont.
Topics: Camps, Fairlee (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Flooded street and houses in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, during flood of Nov. 4, 1927.
Topics: St. Johnsbury (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Cedar Grove Hotel on the shore of Lake Bomoseen, Vermont, with people on the porch and a row of boats on a dock.
Topics: Lake Bomoseen (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Buildings and facilities of the Vermont Marble Company in Proctor, Vermont, with many slabs of marble on the grounds and several railroad tracks, with box cars on the tracks. Sign "Vermont Marble Co." is on top of a building on the left.
Topics: Marble industry and trade, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Birdseye view of railroad station and cars at left, businesses and residences center and right, Beecher Falls, Vermont, with covered bridge.
Topics: Beecher Falls (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Mr. Earl C. Hooker, Brandon, Vermont View of businesses and street, with signs "Glenwood Ranges", "Gasoline", Brandon, Vermont.
Topics: Brandon (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Flooded Socony gasoline station and garage in Wells River, Vermont, during the flood of Nov. 4, 1927.
Topics: Wells River (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Title supplied by cataloger Train wreck in Bolton on March 11, 1924. The Boston and Maine Express derailed due to a broken rail at 4:40 am. The engineer was Harry Palmer and the locomotive was #232. There were 3 fatalities including a 3 month old infant and there were about 60 injuries. The river in the background is the Winooski
Topics: Railroad accidents, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Group of 35 male campers, Twin Lake Camp, Brandon, Vermont.
Topics: Camps, Brandon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Railroad station at Bellows Falls, Vermont, with Boston and Maine Freight Office building on right and manually operated ball signal and signal tender's shack in center
Topics: Railroad stations, Bellows Falls, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Nine cars are parked in front of the two floor Mount Mansfield Hotel, below the nose of the peak, with people standing and sitting on the porch of the hotel, near the town of Stowe, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Stowe (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Locomotive 127 at Steamtown, Vermont, undergoing hydro test, with R. L. Grezegorowicz holding an oil can
Topics: Locomotives, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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High school in West Rutland, Vermont
Topics: Schools, West Rutland (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Flooded houses and Socony gasoline storage tank in Wells River, Vermont, flood of Nov. 4, 1927.
Topics: Wells River (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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The playbarn structure at Bonnie Oaks Camp, Fairlee, Vermont.
Topics: Camps, Fairlee (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
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Island Park pavilion, with bridge connecting New Hampshire and Vermont over the Connecticut River, Brattleboro, Vermont.
Topics: Parks, Brattleboro, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
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Derby Line Hotel, with automobiles in front, signs "Socony", and "United States Customs", Derby Line, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Derby Line (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad bridge over the Black River in Ludlow, Vermont, with steam locomotive on bridge
Topics: Railroad bridges, Ludlow, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed from Bennington, Vermont, to Mrs. Albert Faskett, Orange, massachusetts. View of Vermont State Soldiers' Home, with cannon in front, Bennington, Vermont. Caption on verso reads "The soldiers home has about ninety inmates. The property was purchased from the estate of Seth B. Hunt by Trenor W. Park, who intended it to be a home for destitute women and children, but his untimely death prevented the accomplishment of his object. In 1884, the trustees of the Park Home conveyed the...
Topics: Vermont Veterans' Home, Bennington (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Wooden church with bell in belfry on Main Street in West Rutland, Vermont. There are telephone poles between the sidewalk and the dirt street.
Topics: Church buildings, West Rutland (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Title supplied by cataloger Damaged railroad station and tracks at Proctor, Vermont, after flood of Nov. 4, 1927
Topics: Proctor (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Haskell Library and Opera House, with automobiles parked in front of dirt road, Derby Line, Vermont, and Rock Island, Quebec.
Topics: Libraries, Derby Line (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Main Street of Readsboro, Vermont, with gas pumps in front of building with sign "Texaco Gasoline Oil" Another sign on the structure says "Drink Moxie" and a sign in a window of an adjacent building says "Readsboro Public Library" Several automobiles are parked along the street.
Topics: Readsboro (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Main Street and High Street, dirt roads with buildings lining, and people sitting on porch under sign "C.A. Temple & Co.", Jacksonville, Vermont.
Topics: Jacksonville (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Young Men's Christian Association building in Proctor, Vermont, with cannon in front on lawn.
Topics: Young Men's Christian Associations of North America, Proctor (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Train wreck on October 8, 1910 near Northfield, Vermont, showing Central Vermont locomotive and a Boston & Maine freight car #772
Topics: Railroad accidents, Northfield, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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High school building, North Troy, Vermont.
Topics: High school buildings, North Troy, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Flood damage around buildings and homes near the Passumpsic River, Passumpsic, Vermont.
Topics: Passumpsic (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Several people are sitting on the large porch of the Bridgewater Inn in Bridgewater, Vermont. Windows on first floor have drapes and windows on the second floor have shades.
Topics: Hotels, Bridgewater (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Mrs. M.W. Burke, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. Birdseye view of town, with churches, monument, and residences visible, Bennington, Vermont.
Topics: Bennington Battle Monument (North Bennington, Vt.), Bennington (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad station in Brattleboro, Vermont, with pedestrian bridge over tracks
Topics: Railroad stations, Brattleboro, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Parade on September 29, 1914, through center of town with automobile floats, spectators lining street, signs reading "Welcome our annual fair", "Westminster Mens Club", Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Topics: Parades, Bellows Falls, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Mailed from Bellows Falls, Vermont, to Miss Beatrice C. Graves, c/o Harlan Barnes, Saxton's River, Vermont. Amusement ride "Shoot the Chutes" in Barber Park, Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Topics: Amusement rides, Bellows Falls, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Large washout close to two homes in Cavendish, Vermont, due to the flood of November 4, 1927
Topics: Flood damage, Cavendish (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Some buildings at the Lake Champlain Vacation Camp in North Hero, Vermont, with large lawn and several trees in front of the buildings.
Topics: Camps, North Hero, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Many spectators are watching flood waters wash over a bridge over the Lamoille River in Milton, Vermont, during the flood of November 4, 1927
Topics: Milton (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Pedestrian bridge across the Otter Creek, with Sutherland Falls in the background, in Proctor, Vermont. There is a large stone structure to the right of the falls, with a penstock adjacent to the building. A man is standing among slabs of marble outside of another structure. "This picture shows how the sand is carried on cables six miles to the mills...to help saw the marble..A horse is up there to draw the sand on a track."
Topics: Proctor (Vt.), Bridges, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Bread Loaf Inn and Mount Bread Loaf, Ripton, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Ripton (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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View of town from Canaan Line House, with farms and residences lining road, Canaan, Vermont.
Topics: Canaan (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Fair through center of town, with horse-drawn carriages and automobile floats, signs "Furniture Co.", "Wales' Cash Store", spectators lining street, on October 1, 1912, Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Topics: Parades, Bellows Falls, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Piles of marble slabs surround several large buildings of the Vermont Marble Company in West Rutland, Vermont. There are also a steam locomotive and several flatbed railroad cars loaded with blocks of marble. There is a derrick crane and boom at the lower right and on the left side. Mount Hanley is in the distance.
Topics: Marble industry and trade, West Rutland (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Postmarked Aug. 12, 1936. Mailed from Bebee, Vermont, to Miss Emma J. Kennedy, Somerville, Massachusetts. Crystal Brook Farm, with sign, "Crystal Brook Farm, Tourists accomodated", and road-sign "Do not park on pavement", with automobiles parked in front of paved road, Derby Line, Vermont.
Topics: Farms, Derby Line (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Washed out railroad bridge over the Otter Creek in Proctor, Vermont
Topics: Railroad bridges, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad depot in West Townshend, Vermont, with tracks splitting, corn growing in backyard on the left and piles of lumber on the right. A home and two other buildings are included in the picture.
Topics: Railroad stations, West Townshend, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Beecher Falls Co. building, with several automobiles in front, Beecher Falls, Vermont.
Topics: Factories, Beecher Falls, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed from Randolph, Vermont, to Mrs. Alden M. Drake, West Hartford, Connecticut. Floating bridge spanning Sunset Lake, with man in boat, church and other buildings visible on opposite shore, Brookfield, Vermont.
Topics: Pontoon bridges, Brookfield, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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View of bridge situated over damn, with buildings on opposite bank, including store with gas pump in front and sign "Cash store, C.H. Adams" and "Coca-cola", with two automobiles parked in front, Londonderry, Vermont.
Topics: Londonderry (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Four men are leaning against a railing at the top of the Vermont Marble Company quarry in Proctor, Vermont, looking down at two men standing under a huge block of marble suspended above them on a cable. There is a long set of wooden steps on the left, going from the top to the bottom of the quarry.
Topics: Vermont Marble Company, Marble industry and trade, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Deep marble quarry of the Vermont Marble Company, in West Rutland, Vermont, with rail tracks leading into the distance.
Topics: Vermont Marble Company, Marble industry and trade, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Flood waters on State Street, Montpelier, Vermont, during the flood of November 4, 1927. Two men are standing on the roof top of a flooded building and other are leaning out of windows on an upper floor. Legible store signs include: Wayne M. Reed, W. E. Adams and Son, G. O. Boyles, Drugs, Western Union, and Imperial Restaurant. Two church steeples are visible in the background.
Topics: Floods, Montpelier (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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One room school house in Union Village, Vermont, adjacent to a brick church, with a cemetery and stable next to the church.
Topics: Church buildings, Union Village, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Grade School building, Brandon, Vermont.
Topics: Elementary schools, Brandon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad station in Hardwick, Vermont, with several people on the platform and freight cars on the tracks.
Topics: Railroad stations, Hardwick (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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View of town buildings and roads, with horse-drawn carriage visible, and sign over business "Furniture", Pawlet, Vermont.
Topics: Pawlet (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Postmarked Jul 8, 1910 and mailed to Mrs. John Lanslot (?), 23 Pearl St., St. Johnsbury, Vt. Three store fronts for a two floor brick building with a fire escape from the second floor on the side of the building. Signs on the awnings over the store fronts include Perley's and Mason's Drug Store.
Topics: Enosburg Falls (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Title supplied by cataloger High water on the Connecticut River on the left, with Waits River on the right. Bradford railroad station is in the distance, with Boston & Maine freight cars and piles of lumber in the foreground. Clothes are hanging on the line behind a house on the left. There is a covered railroad bridge over the Connecticut River.
Topics: Railroad stations, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Five men and standing and sitting around a vertical mine shaft for talc in Reading, Vermont, with a harnessed horse on the right, used for hauling up buckets of talc. Several outbuildings appear in the mid-distance
Topics: Mines and mineral resources, Reading, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad station in Brattleboro, Vermont, with passenger cars and a combo car at the station and horses and carriage in the foreground
Topics: Railroad stations, Brattleboro, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Damaged railroad tracks and derailed freight cars in Passumpsic, Vermont, after the flood of Nov. 4, 1927
Topics: Passumpsic (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Damaged railroad tracks and freight cars at Passumpsic, Vermont, after the flood of Nov. 4, 1927
Topics: Passumpsic (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Lake Hortonia, with man fishing on boat, Brandon, Vermont.
Topics: Lakes, Brandon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Aftermath of trolley car barn fire in Springfield, Vermont on morning of October 18, 1908. All five of the railway's passenger cars were destroyed.
Topics: Street-railroads, Springfield, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Miss June Bishop, of Wollaston, Massachusetts, on July 23, 1925. Birdseye view of town buildings and roads, Pittsfield, Vermont.
Topics: Pittsfield (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Bridge over the Connecticut River between Wells River, Vermont and Woodsville, New Hampshire, with railroad tracks in left foreground and homes and automobiles on road on the far side of the bridge.
Topics: Wells River (Vt.), Bridges, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Postmarked 1930 and mailed to Mrs. Frank Farrell, 63 Pine Street, Lowell, Mass. Many cars are parked outside of stores on Main Street in Newport, Vermont. Store signs include True and Blanchard Co. Radio, J. C. Penney Co., W. T. Grant Co., Newbery Co. 5-10-25 cent store, Spears Insurance, Movies, Royal Cafe
Topics: Newport (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
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Hotel Randall, with horse-drawn carriage on dirt road at left, Morrisville, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Morrisville, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Gift of Michael Warner View of a modern steel bridge over the Connecticut River, Brattleboro, Vermont, with two cars.
Topics: Bridges, Connecticut River, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection