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Philadelphia & Reading RR Depot and Train Station -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJNassau Street Looking East, Sage Tower -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Philadelphia & Reading RR Depot and Train StationNassau Street Looking East, Sage Tower
West Broad Street -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJPalmer Square and Tavern -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
West Broad StreetPalmer Square and Tavern
Greenwood Avenue Looking North -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJThe Nassau Inn, J.B. Renwick, Prop. -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Greenwood Avenue Looking NorthThe Nassau Inn, J.B. Renwick, Prop.
Saint Michael’s Orphanage -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJAlexander Hall, Princeton University -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Saint Michael’s OrphanageAlexander Hall, Princeton University
Labaw Residence on Louellen Street -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJHorse and Buggy, Nassau & Witherspoon Street -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Labaw Residence on Louellen StreetHorse and Buggy, Nassau & Witherspoon Street
Hopewell Dainties (The Chocolate Factory) -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJCuyler Hall, Princeton University -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Hopewell Dainties (The Chocolate Factory)Cuyler Hall, Princeton University
Hopewell Bakery & Cash Grocery, C.H. Allen, Prop. -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJSkating on Loch Carnegie -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Hopewell Bakery & Cash Grocery, C.H. Allen, Prop.Skating on Loch Carnegie
Blackwell Avenue Looking North -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJQuaker Meeting House -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Blackwell Avenue Looking NorthQuaker Meeting House
Columbia Avenue -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJBlair Hall and Campbell Hall, Princeton University -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Columbia AvenueBlair Hall and Campbell Hall, Princeton University
Ralston Heights, Stairway to Great Walled Garden -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJPrinceton Inn -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Ralston Heights, Stairway to Great Walled GardenPrinceton Inn
Hart Avenue -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJVan Deventer Avenue -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Hart AvenueVan Deventer Avenue
Blackwell Avenue Looking South -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJBirdseye View of Palmer Square -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Blackwell Avenue Looking SouthBirdseye View of Palmer Square
Old School Babtist Church, John Hart Memorial -- Vintage postcard, Hopewell NJFootball Game, circa 1910, Princeton University -- Vintage postcard, Princeton NJ
Old School Babtist Church, John Hart MemorialFootball Game, circa 1910, Princeton University

Midway between New York City and Philadelphia, I’ve long called Hopewell and Princeton home — this page a collection of vintage postcards, purely for enjoyment (with nod to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town”, first performed at Princeton’s McCarter Theatre on January 22, 1938.)

Postcard of the Philadelphia and Reading Train Station in Hopewell, New Jersey

This site’s masthead is an original photo-illustration that I created in Photoshop, the red brick building is based on the Philadelphia & Reading Train Station in Hopewell Borough, New Jersey. Both the building and the surroundings look a bit different in person, and other Victorian-era train stations are of virtually identical design. Built in 1876, the Hopewell P&R has been on the state and federal registers of historic places since 1984; still an active freight line; passenger service ceased in 1982; today the station is used as a community center.

Different seasons and different holidays, I’ve built a collection of themes which rotate through over the course of a year — here is a sampling of what you might see up top, depending on when you visit.

Themed masthead photo-illustration, Federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Themed masthead photo-illustration, Federal holiday, Independence Day, 4th of July
Independence Day

Themed masthead photo-illustration, Seasonal, Autumn Fall
Seasonal, Autumn

A note for collectors: While I much appreciate the charm of well-worn ephemera, I instead decided to show the postcards as closer-to-new. I’ve done some photo-restoration to each of the postcards, also taking a measure of ‘artistic license’ with some of them. –cj