Isabella Stewart Gardner, John L. Gardner’s widow, constructed this four-story museum in Boston to house their extensive art collection. The top floor served as Mrs. Gardner’s residence. Lots more interesting stuff about Isabella and her museum on Wikipedia.
American history and beans, where else but Boston? I really like the artwork and composition of this linen postcard.
Here’s a linen postcard that features Union Oyster House, a.k.a. “Ye Olde Oyster House”. Everything you ever wanted to know about this Boston eatery can be found right on the front of the card.
Oh boy, this postcard has been through the wringer, and appears to have spent the last 75 years or so banging around in someone’s tackle box. Poor thing, at least we appreciate it, right? You betcha. This graceful scene shows the City Point area of South Boston, including Fort Independence (that’s it on Castle Island in the distance) and Pleasure Bay.
This white border card of Boston’s North Station was published by Mason Brothers & Co., a publisher that was active from around 1907 to 1917. On the back:
NORTH STATION, BOSTON, MASS.
The North Station, so named on account of its location, is occupied by the Boston and Maine Railroad and its Fitchburg Division. It nearly equals the South Station in size and beauty and is fully equipped to handle the large traffic that centers here.
“The North Station, so named on account of its location”. I like that part.
Published by the Metropolitan News Co., this undivided-back postcard shows the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and two of it’s distinctive features, the George Washington statue and the “Maid of Mist”.
Postmarked in 1910, this card was published by Reicher Brothers, a Boston company that was active between 1906 and 1914. This unusual postcard has no description, but seems to showcase a number of significant Boston-area landmarks.
Here’s the Hotel Manger in Boston, Massachusetts, a hotel that opened in 1930 and was renamed the Madison in 1958. The description on this linen card reads as follows:
“HOTEL MANGER, BOSTON. LOCATED AT NORTH STATION, DIRECT ENTRANCE TO BOSTON AND MAINE R.R. TERMINAL AND BOSTON GARDEN. 500 ROOMS WITH ALL MODERN INNOVATIONS, INCLUDING RADIO IN EVERY ROOM. NEW MOTOR HIGHWAY LEADS DIRECT TO HOTEL MANGER.”
Boston Public Library. This postcard’s best days are behind it, but I suppose allowances should be made considering it was mailed way back in 1908. The card was published by the Robbins Brothers Co., a Boston company that operated between 1907 and 1912.
The new $5,000,000 Boston Post Office. The card was printed by Colourpicture, a publisher/printer that is best known for their linen view-cards. Based in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, they produced postcards from 1938 to 1969.