Historical Context

The Gilded Age, the American Country House Movement, and life on the South Shore of Long Island dominate the themes in this collection. The "country house" is an archetypal British phenomenon that prevailed until the Great War. With money found in the new world, many prominent families in New York emulated this style by building lavish estates in rural areas neigboring major cities.

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of over 70 historic postcards depicting various streets and buildings in Oakdale, Long Island. The collection spans from the Progressive Era to the Great Depression.