Rochester City Hall with Subway Entrance, Vintage Postcard (postmarked 1942)

Rochester City Hall with Subway Entrance (mailed 1942)

Rochester City Hall with Subway Entrance, Vintage Postcard (Rollover the image to zoom)

Rochester City Hall with Subway Entrance, Vintage Postcard (Rollover the image to zoom)


Signed, Stamped,
& Delivered 1942.



If this postcard could talk it would certainly have a few stories to share. On its face, a color illustration of Rochester’s old city hall overlooking Broad Street and the Rochester Subway entrance on the corner. Just around the corner a few automobiles sit parked on Fitzhughs Street. The reverse side is addressed and stamped with a 1942 US postmark and a 1¢ stamp. The postmark makes a WWII appeal to “Buy Defense Savings Bonds and Stamps”. The personal handwritten message reads:

Dear Clara,
We are having a good time but I wish I were home. Joe’s sister, the one that was there, she likes you she thinks that you are grand. See you next week.
Love Louise & DM.”

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Like most postcards from this era, the illustration captures beautiful detail from a distant time. The subway operated at peek capacity during World War II. But within a decade it would quickly be undone by the growing popularity of the automobile.



The back of this postcard is just as intriguing as the illustration on the front. A postmark that reminds us of the pervasiveness of World War II at the time, and a handwritten message that hints at the makings of a possible romance.


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