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Early Vermont Postcards Collection

Among the many historical items in Middlebury College's Vermont Collection are over 1,100 photographic postcards from depicting landscapes, structures, disasters, and daily life in early 20th Century Vermont. Many of Vermont's towns and villages are represented in the collection, and we are proud to share digitized versions of these important historic images via the Internet Archive. For more information about any of the items in the collection, please contact Middlebury College Special Colle...



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Bread Loaf Inn and Mount Bread Loaf, Ripton, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Ripton (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Main St., Holley Hall visible at left, with pedestrians and horse-drawn carriages parked in front of buildings, Bristol, Vermont.
Topics: Bristol (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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The playbarn structure at Bonnie Oaks Camp, Fairlee, Vermont.
Topics: Camps, Fairlee (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Buildings and facilities of the Vermont Marble Company in Proctor, Vermont, with many slabs of marble on the grounds and several railroad tracks, with box cars on the tracks. Sign "Vermont Marble Co." is on top of a building on the left.
Topics: Marble industry and trade, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Some buildings at the Lake Champlain Vacation Camp in North Hero, Vermont, with large lawn and several trees in front of the buildings.
Topics: Camps, North Hero, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Bird's eye view of Ludlow, Vermont, with many homes visible, nestled among the trees. A large smokestack and a church steeple are visible in the distance and beyond them is a partly wooded hillside.
Topics: Ludlow (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Many spectators are watching flood waters wash over a bridge over the Lamoille River in Milton, Vermont, during the flood of November 4, 1927
Topics: Milton (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
View of tilted railroad cars and other damage from the flood of November 5, 1927 in Montpelier, Vermont
Topics: Floods, Montpelier (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Flooded Socony gasoline station and garage in Wells River, Vermont, during the flood of Nov. 4, 1927.
Topics: Wells River (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Printed by Byron Y. Miller, Bethel, VT Railroad station in White River Junction, Vermont, with tracks in foreground and manually operated ball signal and signal tender's shack in center.
Topics: Railroad stations, White River Junction, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed from Center Rutland, Vermont, on Sep. 7, 1921. Mailed to Mr. Harold Harris, Springfield, Vermont. Railroad tracks leading to the siding for the Vermont Marble Company in Center Rutland, Vermont, with large buildings for cutting and finishing the marble. Piles of cut slabs and rows of finished monuments are visible in front of the buildings and there are several cranes for lifting and moving blocks of marble.
Topics: Vermont Marble Company, Center Rutland (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Mr. Miller Lovett, of South Royalton, Vermont, on July 20, 1911. Munger Street School class photo, with children posing, Middlebury, Vermont.
Topics: School children, Middlebury (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Collapsed wooden bridge over river in Clarendon, Vermont
Topics: Bridges, Wooden, Clarendon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Miss Clara Gardner, of Poultney, Vermont, on July, 3, 1913. View of town buildings and roads, with horse-drawn carriage visible, and sign over business "Furniture", Pawlet, Vermont.
Topics: Pawlet (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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The buildings marked with crosses will be entirely rebuilt. The others simply repaired. Fire damage to businesses on Main Street in Brandon, Vermont, May 9, 1919
Topics: Fires, Brandon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Made in Germany Railroad station in White River Junction, Vermont, with the intersection of the White River and Connecticut River in the background and houses across the river.
Topics: Railroad stations, White River Junction, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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View of granite quarry, ladders leading down to the bottom, Barre, Vermont.
Topics: Barre (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Mailed from Bellows Falls, Vermont, to Miss Beatrice C. Graves, c/o Harlan Barnes, Saxton's River, Vermont. Amusement ride "Shoot the Chutes" in Barber Park, Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Topics: Amusement rides, Bellows Falls, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
View of town submerged from Connecticut River flooding, with roofs, tops of utility poles, and floating debris visible, March 20, 1936, Bradford, Vermont.
Topics: Floods, Bradford, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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High school building, with boys and girls on yard next to basketball hoop, Island Pond, Vermont.
Topics: High school buildings, Island Pond, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Scene of the Universalist Church building burning, with heavy smoke rising from roof and tower, Glover, Vermont.
Topics: Fires, Glover, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
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Mailed to Miss Bessie Sivright, of Williamstown, Vermont, on October 22, 1909. Birdseye view of town from Depot Hill, with various buildings and roads visible, Marshfield, Vermont.
Topics: Marshfield (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Large washout close to two homes in Cavendish, Vermont, due to the flood of November 4, 1927
Topics: Flood damage, Cavendish (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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A row of summer cabins at the Lake Champlain Vacation Camp, North Hero, Vermont, with a car parked at the far end of the row.
Topics: Camps, North Hero (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Side-by-side railroad bridge, covered bridge, and highway bridge over the river
Topics: Railroad bridges, Brattleboro, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Main Street view with businesses and church, and signs "Vose House", "Post-office Pittsfield, VT" and "SO: We sell Socony Motor Gasoline", Pittsfield, Vermont.
Topics: Pittsfield (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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View of the Vermont Marble Company's works in Proctor, Vermont, with four Rutland Railroad box cars near the buildings and several women and children walking on the sidewalks and street in the foreground. Two automobiles are parked on the street next to benches, trees and two large homes.
Topics: Vermont Marble Company, Marble industry and trade, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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White schoolhouse in Lower Cabot, Vermont, with cupola on top of the shingled roof.
Topics: Lower Cabot (Vt.), Schools, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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A house is heavily coated in ice from firefighting a major fire in Lyndonville, Vermont on January 21, 1924
Topics: Fires, Lyndonville (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Mr. A. A. Bartholomewe, 66 Church St., Keene, NH Hotel on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, at Larrabee's Point, close to the ferry to New York.
Topics: Hotels, Keene (NH), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
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Battell Block (named after Joseph Battell) building at left, with horse-drawn carriages on street, from Triangle Park, Middlebury, Vermont.
Topics: Middlebury (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Washed out railroad bridge over the Otter Creek in Proctor, Vermont
Topics: Railroad bridges, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Putnam House hotel in Bennington, Vermont, with trolley tracks and overhead wires in foreground.
Topics: Hotels, Bennington (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Valley Fair, with fair-goers, tents, flags, signs reading "Tin-types", "Grand stand tickets", "Palmists and life readers - 25 cents", Brattleboro, Vermont.
Topics: Fairs, Brattleboro, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Reconstruction of a railroad track on January 12, 1928, following the Flood of 1927, with workers using a machine to clear debris from tracks, Passumpsic, Vermont.
Topics: Railroads, Natural disaster effects, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed from Island Pond, Vermont, to Miss Marly McCullough, Calais, Vermont, on May 6, 1946. Bathing beach with children in the water and on raft, and rowboat on shore, Island Pond, Vermont.
Topics: Beaches, Island Pond, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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St. Thomas Episcopal Church, with low stone wall surrounding property, Brandon, Vermont.
Topics: Anglican church buildings, Brandon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Team of six oxen is pulling a wagon loaded with lumber in Chester, Vermont. Several homes can be seen in the background
Topics: Chester (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Printed in Germany Washed out railroad bridge in Center Rutland, Vermont, during the devastating flood of November 4, 1927
Topics: Center Rutland (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Two workmen are standing by several steam boilers close to a set of steps leading down to the quarry. A flatbed railroad car is on tracks close to the quarry, and there is a windowless shed to the left.
Topics: Marble industry and trade, West Rutland (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Hartford Woolen Mill in Hartford, Vermont, with bridge over the Connecticut (?) River in the right foreground
Topics: Textile industry, Hartford (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Railroad station in Putney, Vermont, with railroad tracks in the foreground
Topics: Railroad stations, Putney, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Vermont Railroads Collection
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Damaged C. P. R. Depot, Passumpsic, Vermont, after the flood of Nov. 4, 1927
Topics: Passumpsic (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad station, signs on barn "Cluett & Sons pianos", "C.N. Holbrook Coal Yards", Brandon, Vermont.
Topics: Railroad stations, Brandon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad station, with onlookers waiting in horse-drawn carriage, and dirt road insterecting rail lines, Danville, Vermont.
Topics: Railroad stations, Danville, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
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Mailed to Mr. & Mrs. L.P. Hildrests, South Newbury, Vermont. Derby Line Hotel, with automobiles parked in front on dirt road, Derby Line, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Derby Line (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Mr. Rolland J. Elkburg, of Willsboro, New York, on September 10, 1908. Baptist Church building with other buildings visible behind, Poultney, Vermont.
Topics: United Baptist Church (Poultney, Vt.), Poultney (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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View of village street with residences lining dirt road, Perkinsville, Vermont.
Topics: Perkinsville (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Putnamville was near Middlesex, Vermont Sawmill in Putnamville, Vermont, after the flood of 1927, with several homes and other structures visible.
Topics: Putnamville (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Congregational Church, with columns, Newbury, Vermont.
Topics: Congregational churches, Newbury, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Scene of park after snowfall, Ludlow, Vermont.
Topics: Parks, Ludlow, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Message on verso is in French and card was addressed to Lucille Roberge, 148 North St., Burlington, VT. Two-story brick store of the Vermont Marble Company in Proctor, Vermont, with fire escape on the left.
Topics: Proctor (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Rutland Railroad train wreck outside of Bennington, Vermont, on September 7, 1912. Both engines were wrecked and two passengers were killed.
Topics: Railroad accidents, Bennington (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Postmarked Pittsford and sent to Mr. Arthur Adams, 26 Main Street, Winooski, Vt. View of the women's cottage sanatorium in Pittsford, Vermont
Topics: Sanatoriums, Pittsford, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed by H.A. McGowan, from Bellows Falls, Vermont, to Mrs. Lea Russell, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Music concert with band seated at left and audience at right, in Barber's Park, Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Topics: Concerts, Bellows Falls, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Birds-eye view of the mills of the Vermont Marble Company in Proctor, Vermont, with hills in the background and railroad tracks in the left foreground.
Topics: Vermont Marble Company, Aerial views, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Long set of steep steps leads down to the bottom of a marble quarry in West Rutland, Vermont. There is a set of tracks in the right foreground.
Topics: Marble industry and trade, West Rutland (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Title supplied by cataloger Train wreck in Montpelier, Vermont, with collapsed railroad bridge and locomotive partly in the river, with onlookers on both river banks and homes in the background.
Topics: Railroad accidents, Montpelier (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Mrs. Estella S. Mudgett, White River Junction, Vermont. Brandon Inn, sign over center door reads "Brandon Inn", Brandon, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Brandon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Scene of town with bridge over the White River, before the flood, Gaysville, Vermont.
Topics: Gaysville (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Main Street, with automobiles parked on side of road, and signs on buildings, "Coca-cola", "Brown's Sandwich shop", Americano Amoco gas", "Barber shop", "Plutas", "Atlantic & Pacific",
Topics: Ludlow (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Chase's Hotel, with "Chase's" over porch, with little girl and men on porch, Lyndonville, Vermont.
Topics: Hotels, Lyndon (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Baptist church in Ludlow, Vermont, with large stained glass window flanked by two round towers, one higher than the other.
Topics: Baptist church buildings, Ludlow (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Damaged railroad tracks and washed out railroad bridge in Passumpsic, Vermont, in flood of Nov. 4, 1927
Topics: Passumpsic (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Title supplied by cataloger Railroad tracks along the Connecticut River, Vermont, with a covered bridge crossing the river in the distance.
Topics: Covered bridges, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Church at Lunenburg, Vermont.
Topics: Church buildings, Lunenburg, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Damaged railroad tracks and freight cars at Passumpsic, Vermont, after the flood of Nov. 4, 1927
Topics: Passumpsic (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Washed out bridge in Randolph, Vermont, after flood of Nov. 4, 1927
Topics: Randolph (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Washed out railroad bridge in Center Rutland, Vermont, during flood of Nov. 4, 1927
Topics: Rutland (Vt.), Flood, 1927, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Title supplied by cataloger Train wreck in Bolton on March 11, 1924. Boston and Maine Express derailed due to a broken rail at 4:40 am. Engineer was Harry Palmer. Locomotive was #232. Three fatalities including a 3 month-old infant. Approximately 60 injuries. The river in the foreground is the Winooski.
Topics: Railroad accidents, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Courthouse and Newfane Inn buildings, with barns next door, Newfane, Vermont.
Topics: Courthouses, Newfane (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
A large steel derrick crane and boom appear in the foreground with a very large block of marble suspended from a cable in an underground quarry of the Vermont Marble Company in West Rutland, Vermont.
Topics: Vermont Marble Company, West Rutland (Vt.), Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Three men wrapped in blankets are sitting on a snow roller hitched to six horses and a fourth man is standing next to the snow roller in deep snow on a road.
Topics: Snowplows, Vermont, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Railroad station in Brattleboro, Vermont, with passenger cars and a combo car at the station and horses and carriage in the foreground
Topics: Railroad stations, Brattleboro, Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection
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Postmarked Ludlow, Oct 20, 1922 and sent to A. P. Lawrence, Box 77, Clintonville, N. Y. View of many homes in Ludlow, Vermont, with two sets of railroad tracks on higher ground in the foreground
Topics: Ludlow (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Source: Vermont Postcards collection