Albany, N.Y.— Before looking to the future and at what's to come in 2015, we invite you to take a look into Albany's amazing past. The Albany County Visitors and Conventions Bureau has teamed up with the Albany Postcard Project to recreate scenes within the pages of the 2015 Albany Visitors Guide, which will be released in early March.
At its peak, the postcard craze of the 1900s generated thousands of images from many American cities, including Albany. The Albany Postcard Project is a community based initiative to create a comprehensive look at how the area appeared at the turn of the 20th century.
In discovering these small treasures, it has been realized that they are much more than greeting cards. Not only does the photo capture a building or scene in a particular bygone era, but the inscription on the back can provide a small glimpse into everyday life “back then.”
Although the messages inscribed on these post cards are dated many years ago, they aren’t much different from what we would say to our friends and loved ones today:
“Can’t let you forget how Albany looks, not even for a week. We are having very good weather here. Hope you are not too cool on your mountain peaks. Haven’t been “squirreling” yet this week, too busy shopping. Am missing you. Glad’ - June, 7, 1938
Today, visitors may recognize some architectural jewels on a walk through downtown or enjoy a similar view in one of Albany’s many parks. In many instances we can recreate the postcard by standing where the original image was captured from and compare the two locations, sometimes with startling results.
For more on the Postcard Project and our 2015 Visitors Guide, watch our video:
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About the ACCVB:
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.