Sending Postcards from the Harlem Line (Part 1)

Hi, my name is Emily, and I have a problem. An addiction, really. And no, I am not referring to my frequent use of hats with ears. I have an addiction to eBay, and buying crazy things there. I’m not quite to the stage where one ought to worry that I am going to end up on that TV show Hoarders. Nor am I to the point where I’ve collected a hundred cats and you can change my nickname from Cat Girl to Cat Lady. But I am somewhat interested in acquiring old things. Like train timetables from 1883, or postcards from the early 1900’s. I began scanning some of the postcards I’ve managed to get… I hope that one day I’ll have one for every station, but I know that is quite a lofty goal. Someday, perhaps…


12 thoughts on “Sending Postcards from the Harlem Line (Part 1)

  1. I’m surprised to see that the tracks in Pleasantville were once “at grade”. Did they relocate the tracks into a cut, or did they jack up the town?

    1. I think they lowered the tracks into the cut where they are now. The station building shown is still there now, and it is higher up than the tracks are.

    2. Bit of a late reply, but I looked up your question. The tracks were relocated into the cut in the 1950’s, in order to eliminate two grade crossings in the town. Apparently they were rather hazardous and each required a person to man each, 24/7.

  2. Nice postcards Emily.

    I found it really fascinating that in the Mount Kisco postcard, that white house on the right (with the 3 arches) , I actually lived in that building for a while in the 90’s. According my parents, when we lived there, that’s when I started to take an interest on the Harlem Line. I remember it had a nice kitchen window to view the station and all the trains go by. The M1/M3, Genesis and so on.

    1. Screw wikipedia. I’m told it is “improper” to link to “a blog” in articles, but yet you still consider me a valid historical source?

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