Staten Island post cards

Collection History

This focused, comprehensive collection of postcards came to the Library in 2001 as a gift from Catherine Robinson, a collector who spent her childhood in Staten Island, and who later assembled and organized the postcards as a hobby.


Robinson subdivided the collection into broad topical categories, an arrangement retained here for browsing this digital presentation. Robinson also provided descriptive captions for each postcard, signaling interesting features or general content that is not otherwise evident from the title (these descriptions accompany the postcards' titles, in brackets); on occasion the collector has noted the relative rarity of an item or a scene.

Related Resources

Kennedy, Rod. Lost New York in Old Postcards (2001).

NYPL. "Welcome to Staten Island [Staten Island on the Web]" (c2004) <>

Rota, Italo, ed. Not Only Buildings (2000).

Smith, Jack H. Old New York in Picture Postcards, 1900-1945 (c1999).

Collection Data

Library locations
Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy
Shelf locator: AZ 01-11732
Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Beaches -- Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Buildings -- Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Bridges -- Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Churches -- Staten Island (New York, N.Y.)
Content: Postcard categories and title comments in brackets [ ] provided by collector, Catherine Robinson.
Physical Description
Extent: 2 albums (768 postcards) : ill. (some col.) ; 30 cm. + 2 maps.
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b15279351
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3ba13340-c5ee-012f-c8d6-58d385a7bc34
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