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Antique Postcards
Lackawanna County, PAGenWeb

Postcards with pictures were first allowed by the post office in the late 1800's, but started to be printed in large number starting about 1905. A high percentage were printed in Europe, mostly Germany. These images provide us with a unique documentation of the towns of our ancestors. Many of the earliest cards were produced using photographs from years earlier. To make the postcard views look more contemporary, cars were sometimes added to the image. When presented with two images of the same street, the presence or absence of utility poles can help date the card. Originally most main streets had utility poles, but starting typically after World War I they were moved or the lines buried.
  • 247 Scranton Postcards - scroll or view as a slide show
  • Scranton Area Postcards with historic details - Outside website link
  • Schools Around and in Scranton - Outside website link 
  • Carbondale Postcards - streets, churches, schools, floods and more

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