Postcard album of Downtown Boston

Collection Type

  • Photography



Location Note

photo albums 240A & 240B



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Bound album of postcards labeled on cover Downtown. 233 colored and black and white postcards dating form 1905-1917, many written with postmarks and some with dealer prices.

Album covers Boston, mostly the Downtown, North End and South End. Other parts of Boston include cards of the Boston Public Library, Copley Plaza, US Constitution, Charlestown and Waterfront. The North End includes Old North Church, Paul Revere House and street scenes. Downtown landmarks include Faneuil Hall, Scollay Square, Old State House, Union Oyster House, Parker House, and Kings Chapel, Tremont Temple, Old South Church, Park Street Church, the State House, Massachusetts General Hospital, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, City Hospital, several hotels, Boston Theatres and Old City Hall. There are cards for all the different downtown streets - Summer and Winter Streets, Post Office Square, Washington Street shopping district including some modern day snapshots, Tremont Street, Pie Alley, Boston Common, Charles River, Beacon Street, Chinatown and South Station, Boylston Street and nighttime scenes of Boston. A collection of cards show Bosworth Street and Marliave Café in the past and modern day


Descriptive Terms

cityscapes (representations)
historic buildings
churches (buildings)
hospitals (buildings for health facility)
hotels (public accommodations)
photograph albums
postcard albums

Additional Identification Number

album number 240B

Physical Description

1 photograph album; 7 x 13 1/4 inches

Collection Code


Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type



Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)

Record Details

Material Type

photograph albums
postcard albums

Descriptive Terms

Boston, Massachusetts
Boston Public Library
Copley Plaza
US Constitution
North End, Boston
Old North Church
Paul Revere House
Faneuil Hall
Scollay Square
Old State House
Union Oyster House
Parker House
Kings Chapel
Tremont Temple
Old South Church
Park Street Church
Massachusetts General Hospital
Cathedral of the Holy Cross
Post Office Square
Washington Street
Tremont Street, Boston
Pie Alley, Boston
Boston Common
Charles River
Beacon Street, Boston
Chinatown, Boston
South Station, Boston
Boylston Street, Boston
Bosworth Street, Boston
Cafe Marliave, Boston

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Location Note

photo albums 240A & 240B