Collection Facts

Extent: 
437 items
Dates of Original: 
c.1910-1979
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

Mastic Beach and its sisters, Mastic and Shirley, are unincorporated hamlets in the South Shore town of Brookhaven, about a 90-minute drive from New York. Their quiet beachside life attracts middle-class families and the occasional weekender.

Scope of Collection

This collection contains postcards accessioned by the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library originally from the personal collection of Milton Price of Islip, N.Y. He was a photographer and owner of Tomlin Art Co. which was based in Northport, N.Y. The collection contains hundreds of postcards predominantly featuring images of landscapes and buildings on Long Island during the mid to late twentieth century, largely captured by Milt Price himself. The bulk of the collection contains postcards of locations in eastern Long Island due to an elevated level of tourism on the North and South Forks, but postcards featuring Nassau County (including Jones Beach), New York City, Block Island, and other areas outside of New York may be found within the collection. Note: Collection processing and digitizing is currently in progress and additional images will be added to the digital collection periodically.