Inwood Postcards

by Cole Thompson

New York City has always been a popular subject when it comes to the world of postcards. I like to call the collection that follows “Postcards from the Edge.” For the most part, I’ve tried to focus on Inwood proper, but other subjects, like the George Washington Bridge, Edgar Allan Poe’s cottage in the Bronx, Castle Village and many, many others, seemed too close to pass up. Enjoy!

New York Institute for Deaf and Dumb postcard, 163rd Street and Fort Washington Avenue, 1910.

New York Institute for Deaf and Dumb postcard, 163rd Street and Fort Washington Avenue, 1910.

Harlem River Speedway, undated postcard.

Harlem River Speedway, undated postcard.

George Washington Bridge postcard with airplanes, undated.

George Washington Bridge postcard with airplanes, undated.

Fort Washington Point postcard, Hudson River and 180th Street, 1914.

Fort Washington Point postcard, Hudson River and 180th Street, 1914.

Entrance to Fort George Amusement Park postcard.

Entrance to Fort George Amusement Park postcard.

Approach to High Bridge postcard, 1913.

Approach to High Bridge postcard, 1913.

Dyckman House, 1918 postcard.

Dyckman House, 1918 postcard.

George Washington Bridge at night, undated postcard.

George Washington Bridge at night, undated postcard.

The so called Farmer's Bridge across the Spuyten Duyvil in postcard by Charles Buck

The so called “Farmer’s Bridge” across the Spuyten Duyvil in postcard by Charles Buck.

Views of Old Dyckman Homestead on Harlem Ship Canal in postcard by Charles Buck

Views of Old Dyckman Homestead on Harlem Ship Canal in postcard by Charles Buck.

Private residence on the Spuyten Duyvil in postcard by Charles Buck.

Private residence on the Spuyten Duyvil in postcard by Charles Buck.

Handcolored postcard of the Cloisters, circa 1930's.

Handcolored postcard of the Cloisters, circa 1930′s.

The Cloisters, undated postcard.

The Cloisters, undated postcard.

Fort Washington Memorial postcard, 1910.

Fort Washington Memorial postcard, 1910.

George Washington Bridge by photographer photographer H. W. Hannau.

George Washington Bridge by photographer photographer H. W. Hannau.

Hudson River and Palisades postcard, circa 1910.

Hudson River and Palisades postcard, circa 1910.

1950s postcard of George Washington Bridge West Side Highway.

1950s postcard of George Washington Bridge West Side Highway.

Dyckman station and Fort George postcard.

Dyckman station and Fort George postcard.

Harlem River from Fort George, New York by publisher H. Hagemeister, 1910.

Harlem River from Fort George, New York by publisher H. Hagemeister, 1910.

Spuyten Duyvil Swing Bridge by Charles Buck, 1906.

Spuyten Duyvil Swing Bridge by Charles Buck, 1906.

Kenny Building Postcard, 308 Dyckman Street

Kenny Building Postcard, 308 Dyckman Street

Swimming hole at Tubby Hook. Currently the site of La Marina at the end of Dyckman Street.

Inwood and the Hudson, 1910 Postcard.

Dyckman House sketch

Miramar Pool

Kingsbridge Hotel from postcard by Charles Buck.

Kingsbridge Hotel from postcard by Charles Buck.

Fort George Amusement Park swing ride postcard, 1909.

Fort George Amusement Park swing ride postcard, 1909.

Fort George Amusement Park, Old Barrel. This huge barrel actually housed a tavern.

Seaman Drake Arch captured in 1911 postcard.

Dyckman House

Dyckman subway postcard, 1909.

Columbia Lion Baker Field in 1930 postcard.

Purchase of Manhattan from the Indians, 1909 postcard.

Old Dyckman Mansion on 218th street.

1905 Singer Sewing Company Postcard.

Fort George, Paradise Park, 1915.

Cloisters vintage postcard.

Castle Village

Hudson River swimmers.

Dyckman Street grocery belonging to Robert Veitch.

Fort George subway tunnel.

Tubby Hook Depot, 1907.

Hudson River and Palisades, 1910 postcard.

Fort Tryon Park wading pool.

Broadway and Dyckman showing old Mount Washington Church.

Dyckman House

House of Mercy

Edgehill Inn, Spuyten Duyvil, 1916.

Century House (Former Nagle homestead)

Inwood and the Hudson

George Washington Bridge

Fort Tryon Hall (Home of C.K.G. Billings)

Dyckman Street Subway Station

Harlem River and Fort George.

Broadway and 230th in 1890.

C.K.G. Billings residence.

Tubby Hook, undated postcard. In the upper right you can see the Mary Magdalene Home and Refuge for Young Women and Girls which was later converted into the Jewish Memorial Hospital.

Arrowhead Inn, 177th and Hudson River, 1914 postcard.

Claremont Hotel

George Washington Bridge

High Bridge

High Bridge

High Bridge Tower

Paterno Castle

Harlem River Speedway

Claremont Hotel

The Cloisters

The Cloisters and Hudson River.

American League Baseball Park, Washington Heights, 168th Street in 1912 postcard.

American League Baseball Park, Washington Heights, 168th Street in 1912 postcard.

Fort George Amusement Park

Fort Washington, Lover’s Lane.

George Washington Bridge, 1963.

High Bridge

High Bridge

Harlem River Speedway

Harlem River Speedway

Harlem River Speedway

Harlem River Speedway

Claremont Inn and Riverside Drive

Fort George Amusement Park

Fort George Amusement Park

George Washington Bridge

1909 Hudson Fulton Celebration postcard. The proposed concrete span was never built.

Inwood on the Hudson. Note the old Jewish Memorial Hospital at the western end of Dyckman Street.

Orphan Asylum, Kingsbridge.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, Bronx, NY.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, Bronx, NY.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, Bronx, NY.

Riverside Drive

Harlem River Speedway

West Side Highway

CKG Billings Home, Fort Tryon Hall.

The Cloister

Fort George Amusement Park

Fort Tryon

Fort Washington Point

Fort Washington, Lover’s Lane.

Harlem River view.

Riverside Drive with Paterno Castle on right.

Harlem River Speedway, circa 1905.

Harlem River Speedway

Harlem River Speedway

Abbey Inn and Fort Tryon.

C.K.G. Billings residence

Fort George

Fort Tryon

High Bridge

High Bridge

Hudson River from Fort George

Inwood on the Hudson with old Jewish Memorial Hospital on right.

Harlem River Speedway

Harlem River Speedway

Arrowhead Inn

Claremont Inn

Hudson Fulton celebration postcard.

Hudson Fulton celebration postcard.

Hebrew Orphan Asylum

Fort George and Harlem River.

Fort George Amusement Park

Harlem River Speedway

Cabrini Shrine

Fort Tryon Park

Hudson Fulton celebration postcard, 1909.

Libby Castle

NYU Hall of Fame undated postcard.

NYU Hall of Fame postcard.

Fort Washington postcard by Thaddeus Wilkerson.

Abbey Inn and Fort Tryon by Hagemeister, 1912 postcard.

Fort Washington Point by Thaddeus Wilkerson, 1910 postcard.

Sanctuary of Blessed Frances Cabrini Chapel, Washington Heights, NYC 1941, postcard.

Fort Washington Point postcard.

Fort Washington Point The Palisades postcard.

NYU Hall of Fame, 1903 postcard.

Woodland Path, Ft Washington Park, NY by publisher Sontag, 1908 postcard.

Veterans' Hospital No. 81, Kingsbridge, 1920's.

Veterans’ Hospital No. 81, Kingsbridge, 1920′s.

Veterans' Hospital, Kingsbridge, 1953.

Veterans’ Hospital, Kingsbridge, 1953.

Convent of Jesus Mary, Church Street, Kings Bridge, New York by Charles Buck.

Convent of Jesus Mary, Church Street, Kings Bridge, New York by Charles Buck.

Kingsbridge police station, 40th Precinct, Boston Avenue by Charles Buck.

Kingsbridge police station, 40th Precinct, Boston Avenue by Charles Buck.

Abbey Inn and Fort Tryon in 1911 postcard.

Abbey Inn and Fort Tryon in 1911 postcard.

Ben Riley's Arrowhead Inn at West 246th Street postcard,1939.

Ben Riley’s Arrowhead Inn at West 246th Street postcard,1939.

Broadway looking north from 153rd Street in undated postcard.

Broadway looking north from 153rd Street in undated postcard.

Broadway looking south from 162nd street in undated postcard.

Broadway looking south from 162nd street in undated postcard.

Claremont Lounge Postcard from 1907.

Claremont Lounge Postcard from 1907.

Fort Washington Park in undated postcard.

Fort Washington Park in undated postcard.

Fort Washington Piont along the Hudson River in 1918 postcard.

Fort Washington Piont along the Hudson River in 1918 postcard.

Grant's tomb and Riverside Drive postcard, 1929.

Grant’s tomb and Riverside Drive postcard, 1929.

Harlem River at 138th Street in 1908 postcard.

Harlem River at 138th Street in 1908 postcard.

Harlem River in 1909 postcard.

Harlem River in 1909 postcard.

Harlem River Speedway Postcard.

Harlem River Speedway Postcard.

High Bridge and Harlem River postcard, 1906.

High Bridge and Harlem River postcard, 1906.

High Bridge on the Harlem River Postcard, 1907.

High Bridge on the Harlem River Postcard, 1907.

High Bridge on the Harlem River Postcard, 1907.

High Bridge on the Harlem River Postcard, 1907.

Moonlight on the Hudson in 1905 postcard.

Moonlight on the Hudson in 1905 postcard.

Morris Heights seen from Fort George in undated postcard.

Morris Heights seen from Fort George in undated postcard.

Sailing on the Harlem River in 1907 postcard.

Sailing on the Harlem River in 1907 postcard.

Washington Bridge in undated postcard.

Washington Bridge in undated postcard.

Washington Bridge postcard, 1907.

Washington Bridge postcard, 1907.

Washington Heights postcard showing various sites, 1909.

Washington Heights postcard showing various sites, 1909.

Polo Grounds, 155th Street and Eighth Avenue postcard, undated.

Polo Grounds, 155th Street and Eighth Avenue postcard, undated.

Polo Grounds postcard,1918.

Polo Grounds postcard,1918.

Polo Grounds postcard,1918.

Polo Grounds postcard,1918.

Polo Grounds, 1942 postcard.

Polo Grounds, 1942 postcard.

Kingsbridge,  Public School Number 7, Charles Buck postcard.

Kingsbridge, Public School Number 7, Charles Buck postcard.

Van Cortlandt Mansion in postcard by Charles H. Buck

Jumel Mansion, 1905 postcard.

Jumel Mansion, 1905 postcard.

Washington Heights Free Library, 1910 postcard.

Washington Heights Free Library, 1910 postcard.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Larry August 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

What a great collection!

Herbert Maruska September 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Wonderful collection! Thank you!

Laura Myerson September 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

This is extraordinary. I lived in Inwood for 25 years and so much of this is new to me. What a treasure trove of the history of this wonderful part of Manhattan. Thank you so much, archivists, for this collection.

wes gottlock September 15, 2012 at 7:45 am

Cole: These postcards are incredible. I had only seen a few cards of the Speedway prior to finding these! If you ever find out anythig “new” about the amusement park at Fort George, please pass it along. Our book may son go to another printing and I’d be able to add any additional info. Thanks.

Best,
Wes

Neil Ralley September 27, 2012 at 1:40 am

Thankyou for sharing!

Pat Hatter October 2, 2012 at 11:06 am

These postcards are wonderful. Thank you

patricia kane farrell December 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Miramar pool was paradise for us kids. Beautiful pool, beach area and the best hamburgers in the world. The eating area had pictures of the pool in the 1930′s on the walls. I learned to swim by jumping in the deepest part when the lifeguard wasn’t looking. I was 8yrs old and went by myself because in those days we were free to take care of ourselves. That is why city kids were tough and independent. Why the pool came down I’ll never understand. What a neighborhood to grow up in.

Lynn Blair December 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm

What treasures! I have lived in the neighborhood since 1975 and this is one of the best picture histories I have seen of our beautiful area. We are fortunate to still have so much greenery and water surrounding us– no one ever believes this is Manhattan!!!

Richard Kahn December 29, 2012 at 7:07 am

Hi,
Thanks for this great website and postcard collection of the neighborhood. We have a postcard of Hudson View Gardens as seen from the river. How do we get this to you?

Richard

patricia kane farrell April 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I used to drag my little sister up see the body of Mother Cabrini. She still has nightmares from it.

Gloria Petrilli(Donoghue) April 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm

I was born in Inwood in 1930 and left in 1961. But I remember the Dyckman street ferry that crossed to Jersey. I must have been around 6.Does anyone remember that?

Tommy Flanagan May 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm

When I was a little kid me and my friends went and hung out at many of these places. Wow what a thrill seeing these places after so many years.. Thank you so much.. Tommy Flanagan ( Studs ).. Thank you so much !!! Again

Gene June 7, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Wow. To think of so many places, pasttimes and people that went before us… in these here parts! And the infrastructure, gone with the ages! I have lived in Inwood for almost 26 years and, like earlier commenters’ observations, am also amazed by the tid-bits of this once-upon-a-time “Upstate Manhattan” you become aware of, eventually. If interested. A favorite postcard (evokes camping in New England as a youngster) is the colortinted “Inwood on the Hudson. Note the old Jewish Memorial Hospital at the western end of Dyckman Street”.

Thanks for compiling this treasure-trove of images for we “up-staters!”

TK August 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Really enjoyed seeing these.

jim hildreth February 12, 2014 at 6:00 pm

I’ve looked at 100,000+ NYC cards over the past 10 years and many of these I’ve never seen, an excellent collection. I sure hope you are a member of the NYC (Metropolitan) postcard club!

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