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The Holyoke Postcard Collection reflects the diverse history of this immigrant, industrial city, telling the story of the city and its people. The contents of the Post Card Collection have been acquired over the years through in-kind donation from a variety of donors. Of particular significance are the postcards pertaining to Mountain Park, one of several “trolley-car amusement parks” built adjacent to American cities just before and after the start of the twentieth century, until it closed in 1988.

The collection contains three series, the first consisting of the Mountain Park  and Mount Tom collection. The second series, Landmarks, houses all of the postcards of city buildings such as banks, churches, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, and schools, in addition to streetscapes. The third series, Holyoke Views, houses a variety of postcards from Holyoke’s industrial history to its surrounding natural beauty, in addition to many other postcards which illustrate historical daily life in the city of Holyoke. Please note that the third series is not yet available here.

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Preferred Citation: The Holyoke Postcard Collection, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, Mass., Access date: __/__/__  at http:///

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Keywords for This Collection

History, buildings, parks landmarks, bans, churches, hospitals, hotels, restaurants, schools, streetscapes, industrial history, natural beauty, daily life, 3.5×5, dam, paper mill, textiles, mountain park, Mount Tom, mailing cards, greetings, novelty.

Terms of Access and Use

The collection is open for research.

Collection Details
1876 – 1990 (Bulk 1905-1915)
Approximately 1,900 postcards in 3 boxes (2.5 linear feet)

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