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Four Corners at State and Main Streets bustling with trolleys, pedestrians, and horse-drawn carraiges, Vintage Postcard (circa 1912)

Four Corners at State and Main Streets, (circa 1912)

Four Corners at State and Main Streets bustling with trolleys, pedestrians, and horse-drawn carraiges, Vintage Postcard (Rollover the image to zoom)

Four Corners at State and Main Streets, Rochester NY,
Vintage Postcard (Rollover the image to zoom)


A tiny window
onto Rochester’s storied past.



The intersection at State and Main Streets in downtown Rochester, known as the Four Corners, was once the very heart of the city—more so than it is today. This beautiful image, probably taken in the early 1910’s, captures the energy of this bustling square during a time when Rochester was on the rise. Trolleys and horse-drawn carraiges fight for their positions on the snow-covered streets. While pedestrians, bundled in winter attire go about their daily routine. The Four Corners once had some of the most beautiful examples of Victorian, Gothic, Romanesque, and Neoclassical architecture standing at each corner. From left to right are the Rochester Trust & Safe Deposit Co., the Powers Building, the Elwood Building, and the Wilder Building. The Rochester Trust & Safe Deposit Co. and the Elwood Building were demolished in the 1960’s, but they live forever within the four corners of this wonderful postcard.

This postcard is unused, and considering it’s age it is remarkably good condition. There aren't many of these postcards out there — once it’s gone it’s gone. And we’re in no rush to let it go. If you’re interested in owning this piece of history please email us or you can order a reprint.

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The Victorian and Gothic style facades of the Powers Building and Elwood Building are showcased in breathtaking detail. Although the Elwood building has since been demolished, rumor has it that the gargoyles that once hung out from its tower were saved and now sit in storage—somewhere.



So much detail and history could only be captured in a hand-colored photograph such as this one. It was only for a brief period in time when trolleys, automobiles, and horse-drawn carraiges shared the streets of Rochester. And they’re all right here.


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1928 Rochester Subway Map
Map of the Rochester Subway, Railroads, and Streetcar Lines! This large, 24"x36" poster shows the Rochester Subway as it was in 1928 with stations, suburban rail lines, and connections.

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City Hall & Subway
This illustrated vintage postcard shows Rochester’s old City Hall and the Broad Street Subway entrance. Postmarked 1942.

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Subway & Broad Street Bridge
This illustrated vintage postcard shows Rochester’s new Subway and Broad Street bridge. Postmarked 1938.

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Typical Rochester Rail Equipment
This illustrated vintage postcard shows three of Rochester's trolley cars outside the E. Main St. Station. Postmarked 1941.

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Erie Canal Aqueduct & Downtown
A great view of the Erie Canal Aqueduct and many businesses along the Genesee River in downtown Rochester. Circa 1905.

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South Entrance to the
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View of the Genesee River, barge canal terminal, Lehigh Valley RR, and new subway (circa 1928)

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RTC Token (1948-1965)
Good for one city fare on all bus and trolley lines (including the Rochester Subway). Issued 1948. 16mm. White Metal, Copper-plated.

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