Collection Facts

Extent: 
163 items
Dates of Original: 
c.1900-1960
Collection Owner:
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

The North Shore of Long Island is the area along Long Island's northern coast, bordering Long Island Sound. Long Island's North Shore is known for its extreme wealth and lavish estates. The North Shore has a history of affluence, most notably at the turn of the 20th century, which earned it the nickname "the Gold Coast" Historically, this term is used only in reference to the Long Island coastline in the towns of North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, and Huntington, in Nassau and western Suffolk County. The easternmost certified Gold Coast Mansion is the Geissler Estate, located just west of Indian Hills Country Club in Fort Salonga, within the Town of Huntington.

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of over 300 historic postcards from the early and mid 20th Century depicting commercial buildings, maritime activities, hotels, schools, roads, and natural scenes on Long Island’s Gold Coast.