Rochester City Hall with Subway Entrance (mailed 1942)
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 Rochesters 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:
We are having a good time but I wish I were home. Joes sister, the one
that was there, she likes you she thinks that you are grand. See you next week.
Love Louise & DM.
This is an original, one-of-a-kind item once its gone its
gone. And were in no rush to let it go. If youre interested in owning this
piece of history please email us or you can order a reprint.
For a closer look at this postcard
rollover the image to the left.
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
After the Erie Canal was rerouted south of downtown Rochester, the Rochester
Industrial & Rapid Transit Railway (the subway) was built in
its place as a link between the five different railroads and interurban trolley
lines that served the Rochester area. As the industrial landscape of Rochester
changed, and highways replaced the railroads, the Rochester subway gradually
became a relic of a bygone era. In 1956 the subway was abandoned and much of
its route was converted into Interstate 490 built to connect Rochester
with the New York State Thruway (I-90). Read more about the history of the Rochester Subway.
RochesterSubway.com exists to help spark
public dialogue around how we can better connect the neighborhoods of Rochester
NY, surrounding communities, and their cultural offerings. Rochesters
future is written in her past. Let's rediscover it.