Erie Canal Aqueduct in Downtown Rochester NY, Vintage Postcard (circa 1905)

Erie Canal Aqueduct in Downtown Rochester NY, (circa 1905)

Erie Canal Aqueduct in Downtown Rochester NY, Vintage Postcard (Rollover the image to zoom)

Erie Canal Aqueduct in Downtown Rochester NY,
Vintage Postcard (Rollover the image to zoom)


A tiny window
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This vintage view of downtown Rochester NY is truly remarkable. Looking northwest from South Avenue at the Erie Canal and Aqueduct crossing over the Genesee River, this scene is recognizable, yet incredibly different than it is today. 15 years after this image was captured, the Aqueduct bridge would no longer carry the water of the Erie Canal through Rochester. 25 years later subway cars would race over its arches and beneath a new road deck known as Broad Street. And 30 years later this view would be obstructed by the new Rundell Memorial Library, built in 1934.

Rollover the image to the left and see the stunning detail for yourself. Many of the business names on the buildings in the background can be read... bookbinding, printing & publishing, manufacturing, and law firms were a few of the many businesses that flourished in Rochester.

The personal handwritten message reads:

Dear Hattie,
Just a line. Are you in Brockport yet? We will be away the 30th & 31st of Mar. Come and see us when you can.

M.C. Spinf-?”


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This postcard gives a stunning impression of what it may have been like to take a walk along the Erie Canal in downtown Rochester 100 years ago. The walkway, railings, and buildings can all be seen in great detail.



Before email and text-messages, postcards were used for many forms of everyday communication. The sender of this card wanted Hattie to know she’d be out of town March 30th & 31st. We hope she had a nice trip.


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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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Four Corners, State & Main Sts.
Trolleys, automobiles, horse-drawn carraiges, and pedestrians fill The Four Corners. Circa 1912.

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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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South Entrance to the
New Rochester Subway

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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