Zadock Pratt Museum - "Millennium History Feature of the Month" 

Throughout the year 2000, we highlight interesting items from Prattsville history.  

This used to be a town where many people from the city spent their summers and they all sent postcards back home ... they also sent postcards to each other  ...

... in the early 1900's, the postcard was the e-mail of the day.  For a green penny stamp, a Ben Franklin - either full face or side view, one could send off a message in the morning: "Let's eat at the hotel tonight".  A confirmation by return mail could arrive in the afternoon, provided the distance was short enough.

The picture postcard might cost five cents or less, but to really trim the budget, one could use a government postcard at a total of one cent, card and postage.  Naturally, all first class mail went this fast, speeding up business transactions in downtown New York City, where the mail was actually delivered three times a day.  In Prattsville, it came twice a day.

Printing of the postcards was done in Germany before World War One and locally after that. 
All postcards are from collection of Milton Ballard, owner of Shirley´┐Żs Restaurant on Main Street in Prattsville.

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Snapshots in time - Remembering the Town of Prattsville through postcards ... Part 2  ...  go to Part 1 or Part 3

Main Street 1904 - click to return to postcard collection

Main Street, Prattsville, 1904.  Prattsville Theater on the left.   Go to the Top

Prattsville Cornet Band - click to return to postcard collection
Prattsville Cornet Band - early 20th century    Go to the Top

The bridge at Prattsville - click to return to postcard collection

The Bridge at Prattsville, over Schoharie Creek, 
one of several bridges that got swept away by floods.
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Prattsville in 1906 - click to return to postcard collection

Prattsville in 1906 - view from Pratt Rock   Go to the Top

Main Street, Prattsville - click to return to postcard collection

Main Street, Prattsville - note big elm trees shading the street  Go to the Top  

Clark's Falls, Prattsville - click to return to postcard collection

Clark's Falls, Prattsville, later re-named Huntersfield Falls Go to the Top

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21 February, 2019

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